Monteverde Stories and Tips

How long to stay? What to do?

Monteverde offers so many options today that there is something for everyone, still, it is a lazy town. People used to come here and stay an average of 2 full days, but now, with so many new interesting walks, hikes and radical sports activities, two days is not enough to get a real taste of the town. A three to four day trip would be nice to get the full spectrum of what Monteverde really is, including the lifestyle of its permanent residents. For those not having private transport once here, there is a public bus that runs twice per day and a taxi service that will take you even to San Jose if the need arrises. The Taxi services starts around 7 am and stops during the week days at 10PM. Friday and Saturday until 11PM. It costs about $3.00 to travel around town to the hotels, restaurants, guided tours and night life disco and pubs. THE RESERVES: MONTEVERDE, SANTA ELENA, CHILDREN'S FOREST In any of the reserves, you pay an entrance fee of $8.00 and walk by yourself or hire a guide for another $15.00. The guide will explain to you all the different ecosystems and species you encounter on your walk. Apart from the reserves there are several other nature adventure offers: Monteverde Canopy Tour: Zip lines through a private reserve from tree canopy to the next. Basically you get into a safety harness and then they hook you up into high tension wires that take you from point A to point B, some lines being faster and longer than others. It's really fun and beautiful.The tour costs $35 and it takes about 4 hours, you must reserve in advance. They will pick you up at your hotel also.

Sky Trek & Sky Walk Tour: Zip lines again, but they do have some that are really fast and long! Also, the Sky Walk is a separate tranquil hike through the forest, crossing over rivers through suspended bridges. Beautiful scenery, birds and maybe a small mammal and if you are lucky, a Quetzal bird or two. Costs about $35 also and they will also pick you up at your hotel. http://www.skywalk.co.cr Reservations are also needed

San Luis Waterfall Horsebackriding tour. This is a great tour that takes you through two different adjacent towns until you reach a private farm where you leave your horses and walk through secondary forest until you reach the San Luis waterfall. For people not fearing cold water, its a great dip in a nice waterhole... others just sit back and admire while mist moisten their faces. Tour prices vary, since there are a few places that offer it. You can also just drive to the farm and walk to the waterfall for $3.00.

Butterfly Garden: This place is particularly interesting for kids and curious minds. They show you the entire process of the butterfly metammorphosis, plus ant hills, strange instects found in the area and you can even try eating a couple of beatles or two, if you dare! Tour ranges about $15.00 http://mariposa.best.vwh.net/

Orchid Garden: This garden shows off Monteverde's wide range of miniature orchids. You will be delighted and amazed with the incredible facets of nature as they are offered by these tiny jewels of the forest. You may need a magnifying glass sometimes, but its well worth it.

First Annual Monteverde Bike Ride! 30 Kilometers of back roads, dirt, mud, rocks, moderate to hard uphills and great long downhills. Taking place in October 13 of this 2002. The route is designed for Intermediate to Expert level and it promises to be a memorable experience for downhill thrill seakers and people in general with a good thirst for adrenaline. It is a wonderful experience to enjoy the company of hundreds of bikers from Costa Rica and Travelers alike. You can also rent nice mountain bikes at: Jungle Groove MTB Outfitters. They will take you deep into their terrain for a half or full day. $40. You can contact them at www.junglegroovecafe.com

Nightlife in Monteverde is not as slow as it may appear.... Monteverde has several spots to mingle with locals and travelers. For the mellow-ambience seekers, there's the Jungle Groove Cafe who metamorphoses from a groovy restaurant to a mellow lounge with live music weekly. The Tavern is the local hang out, where you can chat with others and dance salsa and cumbia. The Disco La Cascada is the place to dance to salsa and cumbia until 3 am on weekends. A real Monteverde Cultural Experience! :-)

Most of the places mentioned here can be contacted through a very informative web page: www.monteverdeinfo.com where you can also make most of your reservations online.

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