Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is located in the Puntarenas Province close to the touristic town of Santa Elena in Monteverde. The roads to visit the Reserve are very rustic, mostly made out of grave. It is a great place to enjoy the wonders of nature, surrounded by the lush green areas of the Cloud Forest.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home of one of the most beautiful woodlands of the country, where visitors are able to see orchids, bromeliads, ferns, vines, and mosses. It has numerous crystal clear streams, and its large altitudinal gradient has helped produce an extremely high biodiversity. Among the fauna found in the Reserve are the Jaguar, Ocelot, Baird´s Tapir, Three-wattled Bellbird, Bare necked Umbrella bird and the Resplendent Quetzal. It was created in 1972 when a scientist named George Powell and Wilford Guindon united efforts with the Tropical Science Center to protect the area, with an initial land purchase of 328 hectares. Two years after, the reserve grew to 554 hectare with the creation of the Bosque Eterno S.A. As the years passed, the Tropical Science Center expanded the Reserve to 10,500 hectares.