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Monteverde is a giant natural wonderland and playground! There is so much to see and do here, but keep in mind that much of it can be quite expensive! Compared to some other prices in the world, however, it is fairly reasonably priced so leave a hundred or so dollars in the budget to fully experience all that this place has to offer!
Ziplining and canyoning tours are super popular here and you will find a variety of different companies that do these kinds of tours -- just ask at your Monteverde hostel and they should be able to help you out and even book tours for you. One of these companies offers the tallest bungee in Central America at just over one hundred forty meters.
The other popular thing to do here in Monteverde is take a night tour into the forest with a guide and look for the amazing variety of wildlife for which Costa Rica is renowned, such as sloths, macaws, tarantulas, porcupines, armadillos, and some amazing insects. The night tour guide is great at helping you spot these animals and understands the habitats and where to find them.
You can get buses from Santa Elena into the park and back at different times of the day (for bus schedules, see your hostel staff) and you can do some self-guided hiking through cloud forest in the Monteverde National Park. For those on a budget, there are some walks in and around the town of Santa Elena and there is an amazing Hollow Tree that you can climb a good sixty feet up from the inside of the tree and peek out over the canopies and this is an amazing free activity.
The town of Santa Elena is pretty much triangular in the shape of its streets. You can walk around this in five minutes and all of the shops, supermarkets, banks, Monteverde hostels, and tour companies can be found around this area. Some Monteverde hostels can be found further out of the town in the surrounding areas, so use the maps to determine where they are before choosing where you stay.
No matter what it is you choose to do here, you will have an amazing time and see some incredible nature. Monteverde is not to be missed!!
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Hostel Cabinas El Pueblo
"Cabinas El Pueblo is a home away from home. This adorable little hostel is run by a local family who are always delighted to talk with you or help you out. The Location The location for this hostel is perfect. It's just a minute's walk from the downtown street, but it's tucked away down a side road that ensures you'll sleep peacefully at night. You'll feel comfortable and safe here. Rooms and Bathrooms The dorm rooms are...
Monteverde Backpackers Hostel
"Monteverde Backpackers Hostel is small and quiet and a little on the dark side. But the staff are helpful about available activities, and they greet you in the morning with a light and fresh breakfast -- free coffee too. The Location Just around the corner and down the hill from downtown Santa Elena and the bus stop, it's easy to find and it's right next door to the supermarket. Rooms and Bathrooms There are two mixed dorm rooms...
Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel
"Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel is a family-run hostel and a good budget option for your stay in Monteverde. Good Wi-Fi is available throughout the hostel, though it may not reach to all of the rooms, especially on the top floor. There is a computer for guest use in the common room. A great breakfast is included -- Costa Rican coffee, cereal, cooked-to-order eggs, and fruit. From the reception desk, guests can book tours and excursions with no...
Sloth Backpackers Hostel & Bed & Breakfast
"… - Wi- Fi, Free Coffee & Tea all day Free maps information arrival. The owner is Yorle, a hardworking woman, very nice, friendly and helps to organize tours guests need. It's very usual to find Yorle in the bus station waiting for tourists to offer the new hostel, trust and walk with the owner (Yorle) the best information around Monteverde. Excellent stay, personalized and attended by the owner. This hostel is one of the cheapest...
Casa Tranquilo Hostal
"Casa Tranquilo is a rustic tico-style house turned into a relaxed hostel just outside the village of Santa Elena, Monteverde. We offer private rooms with private bath, Rooms with a shared bath and 3 bed dormitory rooms. Our Restaurant offers traditional costarican meals and FREE Breakfast for our guests. We also have a daily FREE HIKE where we often find sloths and a variety of Birds. Beautiful forests and strangler fig trees that are...
Santa Elena Hostel Resort
"The Monteverde Cloud Forest located along the Continental Divide of the Tilaran sub mountain range, central north Costa Rica is one of the most diverse, lush and pristine Tropical Forests in Costa Rica and in the world." … "There are many different ways of transportation to reach Monteverde. From San Jose there is public bus at 6:30 am and 2:30 pm direct to Monteverde. If you are coming from the south Nicoya Peninsula (Montezuma...
Savegre INN Monteverde
"… book tours right at the hostel, you Never Have to spend money in transportations , beucause info we have Tours Main Office in this place With the best information staff to help you in your daily plans and save up time and money . We have parking lot, hammacoks, a bar zone, laundry Service. You can book without paying in advance or use the Standar suguerida by Hostel Bookers (I have no experience in this) relase Days (Before 11am on...
"… lounge We provide high quality service with trained personnel that will make your stay in Monteverde a very pleasant experience, and will help help you plan different activities in the area. We also offer a restaurant with international cuisine, which will make feel like home. Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your...
Monteverde Luxury Hostel
75 mts West of Banco Popular Monteverde
Monteverde Hostel Lodge
"Monteverde Hostel Lodge is situated just a few minutes' walk from downtown Monteverde, in the beautiful Costa Rican Cloud Forest. Many native birds, mammals, and insects can be spotted within the hostel premises. There are also a number of short trails within the hostel premises to be explored. The Location Monteverde Hostel Lodge is situated within the Cloud Forest of Monteverde, approximately a ten-minute drive from the entrance of...
Pension Santa Elena Monteverde Hostel
"Pension Santa Elena Monteverde Hostel is a fun, colorful, and pleasant place to hang out in Monteverde. Owners/operators Ran and Shannon, a brother and sister team from Texas, are extremely knowledgeable about all things Costa Rican, and are tireless in their desire to share their knowledge. Also, they know all of the best tours and can book them for you, even if you're not staying here. The Location Right around the corner from...
"Montelena Hostel offers an economic option to travelers to Monteverde, comes recommended and has everything a visitor could possibly need including a fully equipped communal kitchen, private rooms with private or shared bathroom, a rest area, an information desk, free internet for guests or tours customers, hot water, and secure parking. It has a total of 26 rooms available and can cater for up to 67 people." … "Montelana Hostel is...
Hostel vista al Golfo
3 minutes from the Monteverde bus station
"… of Santa Elena, Monteverde but isolated from noise where people can rest with a pleasant mind. It makes us feel proud to serve you in a family atmosphere and exuberant nature as Monteverde. Quetzal Eco Lodge located in the center of Santa Elena, Monteverde but secluded within the forest includes the following facilities: Rooms with Private Bathrooms Free Internet (also WIFI). Free Breakfast Communal Kitchen. Relax area. Full...
Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast Monteverde
"Monteverde Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast, one of the firsts B & B in Santa Elena Monteverde by Asdrubal Marín and Flora Morera in 1988. I t was a Hostel with shared bathroom and only 3 rooms when Monteverde was taking first steps in tourism industry. The owner and his wife are 100% native of the town, that is why our lodge is named Mar Inn. The facilities at Mar Inn Bed & Breakfast include a tours desk, car parking, self catering facilities, 24...
Mariposa Bed & Breakfast
"… family-friendly environment to all of our guests. Secluded near the reserve, all of our rooms have windows overlooking beautiful gardens or the cloud forest. All rooms have private bathrooms with hot showers and a balcony or terrace. Rooms can accommodate 2 to 4 people. And we also have a two-bedroom apartment that is equipped with a kitchen area and has room for 2 to 5 guests. We offer a full breakfast every morning, Wi-Fi...
"… warm and personalized service that will make every guest feel at home. The hotel offers a wonderful view to the Gulf of Nicoya, private parking and rooms with all the facilities that will make your stay a pleasant and memorable experience. Monteverde Mar Inn Bed and Breakfast offers 6 nice and family stylish rooms in Santa Elena Monteverde Monteverde Mar inn Bed and Breakfast offers family-style comfortable rooms equiped with:...
Hotel La Puesta del Sol
"New and thrifty hotel. With homely environment. Owned and managed by a local family commited to bring you truly Costa Rican experience so you can feel and taste the real local culture. With great mountain views and spectacular sunsets, just 5 minutes walk from downtown in Santa Elena." … "… pm. And from Puntarenas at 7:30 am 1:15 pm and 2:30 pm. From Tilarán 12:30 pm. All this buses have the last stop in the same place in...
La Casona Monteverde
"… in nature enjoying the cloud forest mystery secrets! It is perfect for families, small groups or couples who prefer privacy. Reception is not open 24 hours, 3 meals are inlcuded in your rate, 2 of them will take place at the Restaurant of the Reserve (breakfast and lunch) dinner will take place in an Italian restaurant nearby and near the town, we will provide transportation back and forth. Please note: Cancellation...
"Our place is one of the best in the area in our category. Come and enjoy our establishment definitely going to take some nice memories of monteverde and especially cabins 'Nuestrakasa'." … "Take the bus from San Jose to Monteverde, it will drop you in Santa Elena (bus stop), which is right by the supermarket Supercompro, so there is no need to take a taxi or bus and at 300 meters you will find Cabinas Nuestra Kasa. Coordinates: 10°...
"… fresh fruit. Our office has expert staff to assist you with reservations for any tour in the area, in some cases with special discounts for Monteverde and La Fortuna tours. Examples of the types of tours we offer are Canopy/Zip line, Suspension bridges, Bungee jumping, Night tour, Birdwatching, Horseback riding, Coffee tour, and the nearby San Luis waterfall, We also are able to provide transportation to La Fortuna in our...
Forest Dreams Hotel
"… a deep commitment towards excellence will make you feel right at homethis is the preferred destination one of those who like to experience the natural beauty of the biological wealth of Costa Rica. Forest Dreams Hotel is located in Monteverde, and has 20 years of being a Bed and Breakfast offering mainly accommodation, various tours and transportation within the area of Monteverde. It is our goal to offer unforgettable vacations,...
Vista Verde Resort
"… Resort is located in one of the most remote and primitive areas of the Monteverde region. Situated at the top of the hill, it has a commanding view of the Arenal Volcano from the large open terrace in front of the restaurant and bar. The Arenal volcano is the second most active volcano in the world and at only a 10km distance, can be felt and heard as well as seen from the resort. The night time eruptions and lava flows are...
Cabinas Vista Al Golfo
"A Real Paradise - This place should really be considered to stay. Awesome view, excellent wifi and breakfast, convenient location and very knowledge staff. Multiple outlets to recharge your devices. Hot shower. Possibility to book tours at the reception. Was very impressed by the overall quality." … "Good value - The hostel has good common areas with lots of chairs to hang out and relax. The staff is friendly and helpful with tours and...
Hotel Villa Verde
"… area. Villa Verde Facilities Restaurant, private parking, bar, game room, gardens, outdoor seating, maid service, laundry service, room service Amenities Private bathroom, hot water, refrigerator, room service, patio, laundry service, restaurant, bar, game room, private parking, jungle view, outdoor seating, free breakfast, living room, fireplace Accommodations Standard room – this room has two double beds, one single bed, and a...
Hostel Cabinas Eddy
"Good location to Santa Elena, friendly staff, good breakfast - I'll start off with the positives. The owner/manager Freddy was very friendly and so helpful. The room was clean, and they cleaned the room when we were out. The free breakfast in the morning was very tasty. You get unlimited coffee, tea, juice, a fresh fruit plate, and your choice of banana pancake, toast, or cereal. I recommend the banana pancake personally. The walk into Santa...
Camino Verde B&B
"Nice, quiet and private place with friendly, helpful staff. We are connected to a homely restaurant and souvenir shop. We are located in a quaint little town that is very adventurous as well as relaxing. Many exciting tours to go on that can be booked from the front desk. We are English speaking, have extremely clean rooms and washrooms with a large communal kitchen. Example of activities: rafting, canopy, ATV, horses, coffee tours and, of...
"excellent and quiet place, excellent, friendly and very sympathy staff." … "… access with a nice view to the forest. There are many facilities and services which guests will have at their disposal. These include internet access free of charge, web access in lobby, web access in room, breakfast included, airport transfers, free parking, bicycle parking, business centre, photocopying/fax services, post/parcel service, café,...
Monteverde Rustic Lodge
"… and having worked here for over 60 years, are knowledgeable of the area. Please feel free to ask us about our local histories and legends. Great Adventures in Rustic Lodge Monteverde Cloud Forest has a lot to offer. The children love it here. There is so much to explore, and lot of fresh air and nature to admire. Come and enjoy a little gem of a place to stay in Monteverde Guest Rooms: Enjoy country hospitality at the Rustic...
Historias Lodge Monteverde
"… of Santa Elena, about 1 km away from our lodge. For coffee, tea and delicious breakfast items, visit the Three House Restaurant located in the town of Santa Elena. Activities * Selvatura Adventure Park offers fun that never ends. Activities include Zip Lines, Hanging Bridges, Serpentarium, Tree top walks, Butterfly gardens and more. * Monteverde cloud forest guided tour is one of the most exciting natural tours in the...
Hotel Cala Lodge
"… the best itineraries to take advantage of their stay in Monteverde and make it a memorable esperience. Our logo and emblem is a white flower planted in wet lands called “Cala” also known as water lily; it illustrates our philosophy of service and commitment to our clients. The elegance, nobility and righteousness are key parts of our work ethic. Our property has been reforested in open areas with native species of trees and also...
"… and butterflies. Moreover, you will appreciate an exceptional view of the Gulf of Nicoya from our hotel. This landscape turns the sunset into an amazing show. Monteverde Inn has 12 acres of pre-montane forest with trails available for our guests. In our forests you can see birds and mammals, as well as experience the lush green tropical forest. From different observation points you can also see panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean...
Cabinas Bella Vista Monteverde
"… village of Santa Elena. These cabins offer one of the best views of the Gulf of Nicoya and a friendly atmosphere. The rooms are equipped with mini refrigerator, coffee maker, microwave, TV and hot water showers. Just 10 minutes from Cabinas Bella Vista can enjoy an unforgettable adventure watching the treetops from the canopy tour, or, from the hanging bridges where you can look closely at the trees and the wildlife that inhabits...
Hotel Don Taco
"Hotel Don Taco, located in Monteverde just 5 minutes' walk from Santa Elena town offers a great accommodation for families, solo travelers, small groups and couples looking for rural experiences in Monteverde. Our small-charming hotel location is perfect spot for tours, adventures and to know and learn about local customs of Monteverde Standard Rooms designed for couples, families and friends Superior Rooms specially designed for couples and...
"… sitting area, beautifully decorated king size beds, and an open balcony with a second sitting area that looks over onto the stunning town of Monteverde. Breakfast is included and is served every morning in our restaurant. Hotel Ficus Sunset Suits will really leave you feeling like a million dollars Please Note: Cancellation policy: 24 h before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the...
Hotel Jardines de Monteverde
"… and view to the Golfo de Nicoya from where you can enjoy beautiful sun sets, 1 is located in the first floor with carpets, 1 double bed, TV, private bathroom, hot water and bathtub. Beautiful Cabanas totally equipped with 3 bedrooms, with 1 double bed and with two single beds, kitchen area, eating area, TV rooms and balcony. Hotel Jardines de Monteverde Policies and Conditions: Check in from 14:00. Check out before 12:00....
Hotel el Establo
"… where an iron gate stands as a symbol of the struggle to preserve the lands in the Peñas Valley. The squatters did manage to cut a dirt road into the forest all the way to a site known as La Ventana through steep and difficult terrain. In the Valley, they managed to deforest small areas where they built their rustic homes and started farms, while hunting all along for subsistence. But, they were often met by the Preserve ranger...
Hotel El Sueño
"… if you're spending the day in one of the nearby parks. Transportation service is also available to the parks as well as Arenal Volcano. The friendly owner, Rafa Trejos and his family, are helpful hosts, and offer horseback tours from their nearby farm. 22 rooms with capacity for 60 persons equipped with private bath and some with shared bath; including 3 cabins with private balconies, telephone in the reception area equipped...
"… terraces or balconies with views of the cloud forests and Nicoya gulf. In addition, four of our cabins have fully equipped kitchens (with stove, microwave, refrigerator and coffee maker) to allow guests to cook their own food. We also offer delicious Costa Rican breakfast service to guests in our ‘Soda’ (small café). For groups of 8 people or more, we can also provide dinner service upon request. Please note:...
Monteverde Travel Tips & Suggestions
Monteverde Cloud Forest is unique and is definitely worth visiting.
The night hike was great. We saw tarantulas, sloths, snakes, interesting insects, leaf cutter ant colony, and tree frogs. They provided the flashlights. Butterfly garden at Ronario was great too but be sure to use your ticket a second time to visit the garden without a guide, so you can take as many photos of beautiful butterflies as you want.
— Dan F
I would recommend going on a horse ride through Monte Verde. Ask your hotel about it they'll be able to hook you up, if not ask more people. Also walking through the cloud forest is really amazing, you don't need a guide but you might learn more if you have one.
— Teddy Wood
There is an alternative taxi / boat / taxi shorcut to the grueling 8 hours ride between Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Arenal Volcano. See http://www.monteverdeinfo.com.
— Mel Becker
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