A Kind Adventure: Monetverde, Costa Rica
Somewhere in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest, lays a tucked away, very adorable little town called Monteverde.
While it is the go-to Costa Rica adventure for eco-tourists, it is still very unknown to many. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to visit Monteverde in May 2017 and my life is forever changed.
And because I would highly recommend this as a destination for wander lusters, we decided Monteverde would be our next travel post in our ‘Kind Adventure’ Series.
EAT IN MONTEVERDE
Drinks: Spiked Lemonade
Food: Truly, anything you order here is delicious. Just go!
Drinks: Wine, whichever you like
Entree: Avocado Sea Bass or the Passion Fruit Chicken
Homemade Desserts: Frozen Lemon Bar, Chocolate Milkshake, or the Frozen Peanut Butter Pie
STAY IN MONTEVERDE
My honey and I chose to go the local, bed and breakfast route when visiting Monteverde for the first time and let me tell you, we will stay here again. The price is unparalleled for the quality, security, customer service, value, and views you get when you stay at Camino Verde Bed & Breakfast. Up high in the rainforests, there are little to no resorts or large hotels, it’s almost all bed & breakfasts. There are plenty of options around the area depending on what you’re looking for. One of our requirements was to be within walking distance to the town and the restaurants. And this place definitely accomplished that.
If you are a bird lover, you will be in heaven. Many major nature publications, including National Geographic, dubbed Monteverde as the perfect place to see the Resplendent Quetzal, a beautiful and rare bird of paradise. And we even got to see one! It was incredibly gorgeous. People travel from all over the world and spend quite a bit of money to see this bird.
There are over 1800 animal species in the Monteverde area including some of the most popular howler monkeys, sloths, and toucans. There’s no doubt that this area is perfect for tourists looking to spot some cool creatures.
The Cloud Forest
The Monteverde Cloud Forest is 35,089 acres of protective land and is home to over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles. And one of the best reasons to visit is because it is a cloud forest. With all sorts of hanging bridges taking you from one end of a trail to another high up in the air, it’s sure to give you a little thrill while also having the best view in the house seeing for miles.
The Cloud Forest is the best place to hike because it takes you in, out, around, and above the vast rainforest but if you’re looking for more open land to take a walk on, there is no shortage.
Some things to keep in mind when visiting Monteverde:
- Everyone that we came across was extremely nice and helpful.
- But remember, you are still in a foreign country.
- The trip to get to Monteverde from anywhere else in the country is a long, bumpy, and windy journey. The roads are not paved and you are going up some steep hills. For our first time there, we opted not to rent a car and to hire a shared shuttle with an experienced driver to take us there and we are glad we did! Next time we go, we will rent a car.
- Since it’s in the rainforest, it rains quite a bit, but it’s okay because you’re on vacation!
- The roads aren’t paved so take that into consideration when packing your shoes since your feet will get pretty dirty.
With the breathtaking views, the rare world-renowned birds, and the Cloud Forests, Monteverde is a truly adorable town.
Oh and it carries a special place in my heart because it’s where my honey and I got engaged. We shared a delicious dinner at Morpho’s, where we chatted about our favorite memories and the incredible opportunities that the future holds for us, and we decided that it was time to “officially” commit to each other and our love forever in front of our closest loved ones. Stay tuned for our Kind Wedding Series!