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T16 Monteverde Cloud Forest - Treetop Walkways (Hanging Bridges) - 3 days

Southwest of Lake Arenal, in the mountain range “Cordillera de Tilarán” at an elevation of about 1800 m above sea level, extend two of Costa Rica's most popular nature reserves: The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Sta. Elena Cloudforest Reserve. These cloud forest nature reserves have well-marked trails by which the visitor is carefully led through this humid and dusky world. The high humidity supports the growth of approx. 2500 different kinds of plants, among them many orchids and bromeliads; up to day, about 100 different mammals (i.e. the ocelot, jaguar and monkeys) have been sighted, however they can hardly be seen due to the dense vegetation, but encountering the various birds living here, is a unique experience: among the 400 kinds of birds of this region, we may - with some luck - also see the Quetzal, the most famous among the Central American birds. The vegetation is characterized by gigantic ferns and trees covered by epyphites and moss. Monteverde is often humid, misty and cloudy with annual rainfalls averaging 3000mm.

Detailed description T16 Monteverde Cloud Forest / Treetop Walkways (Hanging Bridges) of Selvatura

Day 1

San José - Monteverde
Pick-up at your hotel in San José by a shuttle bus and ride northbound on the Interamericana; the last 35 km of this journey takes you up into the mountains, over a winding gravel road toward Sta. Elena in the Monteverde Cloud Forest region. Arrival in the early afternoon at the Arco Iris Lodge, a very personally managed hotel with rustic, nicely decorated cabins in a beautiful garden.
Overnight stay Arco Iris Lodge or similar

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Day 2

Costa Rica: Monteverde - Hanging Bridges of Selvatura Monteverde Cloud Forest Region / Hanging Bridges - Treetop Walkways
Your adventurous day begins with a "walk in the clouds." Start with your feet on the ground, hiking through lush forest toward the “Treetop Walkways" of Selvatura; suspended bridges, platforms and trails elevated deep within the canopy of the cloud forest. From here we are allowed a gentle, rare glimpse through the tops of giant trees into the nether regions of this hidden world that would otherwise remain a mystery to most of us. While exploring the different trails keep your binoculars or camera handy, since you might catch a glimpse of the rare and famous bird of kings – the Quetzal! There are numerous optional activities that you are welcome to enjoy during the remainder of your afternoon, including a visit to the Frog Pond, the Snake Farm, or the Orchid Garden.
Overnight stay Arco Iris Lodge or similar

Day 3

Monteverde - San Jose (or next destination)
Today the shuttle bus will take you back to San José (morning or afternoon departures possible). OR, alternatively, take a shuttle bus to another destination (upon request).

BF = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner, BL = Box Lunch

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