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LOOKING FOR A TRAVEL ADVENTURE IN MONTEVERDE?
Monteverde is one of the most interesting areas and is the most visited by national and international tourists. Its name comes from the small community that was founded in 1951 by the American Quakers as well as the Cloud Forest Reserve situated opposite. The entrance is via Santa Elena village.
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COSTA RICAN MONTEVERDE & SANTA ELENA AREA MAP
WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO DO
You are about to learn about 5 of the most important and exiting places in the Costa Rican Monteverde and Santa Elena.
1. MONTEVERDE & SANTA ELENA
To the northeast of the Central Cordillera, two mountain chains in particular stand out: The Tilarán and the Guanacaste Cordillera; both reach as far as the Nicaraguan border. The first is characterized by its undulating mountains, covered in dense forest. It is here where you will find the Monteverde Reserve, an important destination for those who want to discover natural habitats. Between the two cordilleras is the Arenal Volcano and Lagoon, the volcano is the most active in Costa Rica and in the world. The Guanacaste Cordillera is made up of several volcanoes, partially or totally inactive; five of them are protected by the National Parks of Guanacaste, the Rincon de la Vieja and the Tenorio Volcano. Towards the west of the Cordillera, before the border with Nicaragua, the Peninsula de Santa Elena has a tropical dry forest that descends down to the Pacific Beaches; both are protected by the Santa Rosa National Park.
2. CLOUD FOREST BILOGICAL RESERVE
From 660 meters to 1.860 above sea level, and some 172 Km from San José. The Monteverde Biological Cloud Forest Reserve forms part of the Arenal conservation area, which protects some 63.000 hectares of cloud forest, humid because of the Pacific and the Atlantic Slopes of the Tilarán Cordillera, including the Monteverde Reserve, the Western sector of Lake Arenal, the volcano of the same name and the Chato volcano. The lands are often wet because of the frequent rain. The rainwater continually drains into the rivers including Peñas Blancas or San Carlos, of the Rio San Juan, and the Guácimal, that in turn flow into the Golf of Nicoya. 48% of mammals, 47% of amphibians and reptiles and 51% of birds that are recorded in Costa Rica are found here; this implies that half of the vertebrates that are in the country are represented in this area. The Monteverde Reserve is made up of 11.931 hectares, it is a private property run by the Tropical Scientific Center, a non profit association for scientific investigation and education. It was created in 1972 at the request of scientists and resident Quakers in the area, who where worried about the impact of the colonization on the Cloud Forest. Monteverde was formed in 1951 by the initiative of the Alabama Quaker Community that arrived in Costa Rica after being attracted by the peace of the country. They settled in the region and dedicated themselves to the production of high quality milk and cheese. They were conscious of the importance of the river course that converted part of their property into forest reserves, which was then later donated to the Tropical Scientific Center.
3. SANTA ELENA RESERVE
Was created in 1989 and opened to the public in 1992. The Colegio Técnico Profesional de Santa Elena + 506 2645-5390 Reserve Office and + 506 2661-8290. E-mail: email@example.com www.monteverdeinfo.com/reserve. They are in charge and are located 6 Km to the northeast of Santa Elena village, it is a cloud forest and also a habitat for the Quitzales. There is an observation tower that faces the Arenal Volcano, there are gravel footpaths that are natural and which also have planks. There are 12 Kms of footpaths, 4 footpaths have routes of 45 minutes to 3 ½ hours. There is a volunteer program for nationals and foreigners without age restrictions, accommodation included; you only pay for food and transportation.
4. EL BOSQUE ETERNO DE LOS NIÑOS BAJO DEL TIGRE
Visitor’s Center and information
El Bosque Eterno de los Niños Sendero Bajo del Tigre + 506 2645-5003 + 506 2645-5104. www.acmonteverde.com www.acmcr.org. Entry children 4 US$/ adults 5 US$, open from 08:00 a.m to 05:00 p.m. It has 22.000 protected areas and is visited by students. The Bajo del Tigre footpath is 4 km in length for birdwatching. It is located to the northeast of the Tilarán cordillera from Costa Rica and it has an extension of 22.500 hectares, which is home to: primary and secondary rainforest and areas which are being regenerated. Three types of rainforest are categorized: the evergreen: the cloudy and the non seasonal rainy. 60 species amphibians have been registered here, 101 reptiles, 425 birds, 121 species of mammals. This makes up a total of 707 species of land vertebrates, which represent 50.5% of the total of species in Costa Rica. 3.5 Km of footpaths, with an elevation of 1.020 and 1.350 meters in height. Of the species of trees and plants in Bajo del Tigre, 30 of them in the area of Monteverde are newly discovered. Offering, maps and a self guide, information center, gift store, interactive games room for children and a greenhouse with native plants.
El Cerro Amigos.
At 1.842 meters above sea level. It is a free footpath. Offering a good view of the rainforest and Arenal Volcano, 20 Km to the northeast. The route begins behind the Hotel Belmar in Monteverde, and is 3 Km long, ascending up to 300 meters, from the establishment, you have to take the footpath that goes down and then the following footpath to the left.
5. VALLE DE SAN LUIS AND BILOGICAL STATION
San Luis is, geographically a strategic area for the conservation of local biodiversity because of the large amount of biodiversity and in particular the migratory species. The highest part is surrounded by mountains from the private Reserva Bosque Eterno de los Niños, property of the Asociación Conservacionista de Monteverde; also by the El Bosque Nuboso de Monteverde, owner of the Centro Científico Tropical. In the lowest part, there is an important protected area in the Centro Científico Tropical. The San Luis valley is surrounded by cordilleras and mountains; it has very particular environmental characteristics and wonderful scenic views that make the rural ecological development, which is an activity of great potential.