Category Archives: Monteverde

Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

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Reserva Bosque Nuboso Santa Elena.

In my opinion Reserva Bosque Nuboso is the jewel in the crown of the Monteverde area. This government run reserve has no zip lines, bungee jumping or anything else to disturb the wildlife. It’s just a pure untouched cloud forest. We decided to take a guided walk, and at $33 pp this turned out to be excellent value. Our guide who’s name I forgot “I have a real mental block when it comes to names” was so informative during our walk. We learned so much, not just about the wildlife but the plant life too, also the cloud forest itself. It was fascinating to learn how the plants and trees grow and work in harmony together. How some trees grow around others and sadly strangling the unfortunate recipient. Also one amazing fact that there is a forest above a forest. When the guide pointed it out you could clearly see a huge dense area above the trees with long strands of thin routes reaching down to the forest below. He also showed us a tree who’s berries when broken open, smelt like citronella or sherbet. Along the way the guide stopped and shone his torch into a whole in a bank and pointed out a large tarantula, which I got a great shot with my iPhone. He also pointed out some fascinating insects along the way. When we arrived back at the entrance, another guide pointed out to him something in a nearby tree. What we saw was incredible which without a guide we would never have spotted, even with the guide it took a while to see what he was pointing to. The most amazing insect I have ever seen it really looked like part of the tree, incredible.

So far on our trip one bird that we were hoping to see is the elusive Resplendent Quetzal. Whilst we were having a coffee in the cafe the guide came running in as he had spotted one. I managed to get a photo but just of his or hers body and tail. Oh well hopefully we will get to see another further along on our trip.

Sky Adventures : Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Sky Adventures : Monteverde, Costa Rica

When we were planning our trip to Costa Rica, and after reading about the Monteverde area, one thing that caught our attention was the cloud bridges through the rainforest. Whilst in Monteverde we looked into it further and it appears that a company has bought a huge area of the rainforest and erected zip lines throughout, a bungee jumping platform a sky tram and a tree climbing experience. Which goes against all that we believe in. How on earth can a huge area of rainforest be allowed to be purchased, by some big conglomerate whose only intention is to make lots of money, allowing thousands of people a year shouting and screaming along zip wires upsetting nature. So our dilemma was do we go or not.

Unfortunately as this was our only option to see the rainforest from above so we booked a ticket which was just walking the bridges. Priced at $41 each. With reluctance I have to say we throughly enjoyed. It was so good to see the forest from above. We were able to see many hummingbird’s collecting the pollen from the flowers. We also saw a group of howler monkeys sitting in the middle of one of the bridges. We stood with a group of people who were all respectful towards them. We all proceeded very slowly as to not disturb them too much, and with some trepidation. They all then climbed into the adjacent trees and gave us a fantastic view. The camera shutters were furiously clicking away.

I have to say the experience was really good and thankfully we did not hear too many screaming people flying along the zip lines. As a bonus and whilst we were waiting for the bus back to town, sitting in the ticket hall when a Coati wandered in, tipped over the bin, prised the lid off and run off with some contents. They are so naughty they are our second favourites of naughtiness next to monkeys.

Monteverde National Park: Costa Rica

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Monteverde National Park: Costa Rica

Today we visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve The Cloud Forest Reserve is located on the Tilarán mountain range in northern Costa Rica at an elevation of 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level and is situated on the continental divide “Which means that when the rains fall on the mountain, and into the rivers it either flows out into the Atlantic Ocean on one side or the Pacific Ocean on the other. There are various trails to take throughout the park, which are all fairly easy. Just as we had started our walk we came across a friendly Coati foraging about for food, taking no notice of us at all. On the return leg a couple of American guys told us that further along the path was a crab. Now considering we were in a rain forest and miles from the sea, it was the last thing we expected to see. I took some photos and he was getting rather feisty with both claws out wide, and snapping away with his claws. Quite funny really. The entrance cost for the park is $25 pp which is more expensive than some parks but worth it nonetheless

While sitting down to a cold drink waiting for the return bus we were serenaded by the amazing sound of the extremely loud howler monkeys. Another great day in Costa Rica.

Coati
Coati

Santa Elena : Monteverde

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Santa Elena : Monteverde

After our taxi boat taxi trip we arrived at Santa Elena. We had booked a apartment for this leg of our stay so we could cook and eat in, as eating out can be expensive in Costa Rica. Our apartment Casa Monarca was a great base for us to explore Monteverde. Monteverde is 1330 metres above sea level, and is described by National Geographic, as the jewel in the crown of cloud forests. On doing our research before our trip it was definitely on our list of places to visit whilst in Costa Rica.

One of our first places to visit in town was the amazing Orchid Garden. Entrance fee is $15pp which includes a guided tour, and in my opinion worth every cent. I suppose I have never really read up on orchids or wanted to for that matter, but I was thoroughly enthralled by the tour. We learnt so much about them, like they don’t need to be rooted in earth to survive, they can appear on anything really from a piece of moss covered driftwood, even a cable along the street where a piece of moss has gathered. Also they don’t only grow in tropical areas, our guide told us they can also be found in Alaska. There was one particular orchid, which is so tiny, and grows on the underside of a small leaf. The whole experience was fascinating.