Monteverde boasts a huge degree of biodiversity, with hundreds of species of migrating and endemic birds, including the famous but elusive Resplendent Quetzal.

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a private nature reserve located in the mountain area of the Continental Divide of Costa Rica (between the Pacific and Caribbean sides), at the end of a long bumpy dirt-road from the nearest town. Monteverde's location determines its climate: humid prevailing air currents from the Caribbean coast strike the mountainside, which cool to produce the high levels of rain and fog that have led to the development of the cloudforest. In some places the wind can be strong and layers of clothing are recommended. The humidity is lower on the Pacific side of the reserve, but the temperature tends to stay between 14-20°C throughout the area.

These conditions have led to a huge degree of biodiversity, with hundreds of species of migrating and endemic birds, including the famous but elusive Resplendent Quetzal. There is also a huge variety of mammals, reptiles and insects. The best time to see the wildlife is on an early morning or evening hike.

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" canopy bridge in Monteverde, about 200 feet up " by Fran Devinney - licensed under CC BY

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Tanager Tour

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  1. Day 1 - Departure from UK

    Day 2 - Irazú Volcano

  2. Day 3 - Transfer to Tortuguero Park

    Day 4 - Boat tour Tortuguero Park

    Day 5 - Tortuguero Park at leisure

  3. Day 6 - Transfer to Arenal

    Day 7 - Arenal National Park

  4. Day 8 - Poás Volcano National Park

    Day 9 - Cloud Forest Reserve

    Days 10-11 - San Jose

  5. Extend your trip

  6. Day 1-3 - Manuel Antonio National Park

    Day 4 - Return to San Jose

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The active volcano at Arenal, rainforest, birdwatching and unique lodges and hotels, offer plenty of activities suitable for families. This tour will intro…

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  1. Day 1 - Flight to San Jose

    Day 2 - Day at leisure

    Day 3 - Irazú Volcano

    Day 4 - San Jose at leisure

  2. Days 5-7 - Arenal volcano

  3. Day 8-9 - Monteverde Cloud Forest

  4. Day 10-14 - Beach Resort

    Day 15 - Return home

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  1. Day 1 - Travel to Costa Rica

    Day 2 - Poas Volcano

  2. Day 3 - Transfer to Tortuguero Park

    Day 4 - Tour Tortuguero Park

  3. Day 5 - Travel to Arenal

    Day 6 - Excursion to Arenal Volcano

  4. Day 7 - Travel to Monteverde

    Day 8 - Tour of Monteverde Cloud Forest

  5. Day 9 - Transfer to Manuel Antonio

    Day 10 - Manuel Antonio National Park

    Day 11 - Return home

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