Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

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Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest has been termed by National Geographic as the jewel in the crown of all biological reserves around the world. It consists of over 10,000 hectares of pristine cloud forest with extremely high biodiversity. Over 2500 species of plants, 100 types of mammals (including puma, jaguar etc) 400 species of birds (including endangered three wattled bell bird and resplendent quetzel) and over 100 species of amphibians and reptiles can be found here.

Monteverde can be reached from San Jose and Liberia. The road to Monteverde from Bijagua (which we took) was very bumpy and tricky but worth it.

It is better to visit Monteverde Cloud forest with a guide. They know the exact locations of different species of birds and animals and are well connected with other guides in the park. We asked our hotel (Monteverde Inn) to arrange for a guide, which turned out a little cheaper than to hire a guide at the entrance.

Our guided tour started at 7.30 am in the morning, as chance of finding animals and birds are more this time of the day. The walk through the forest was peaceful and mesmerizing. We could spot animals like Coatimundi and birds like Prong Billed Barbet, Bufffronted Quail Dove, Black Throated Trogon female, Blackfaced solitaire and AzureJay. We could also spot resplendent Quetzel at a distance.

Coati Mundi. The Coati Mundi are male Coati abandoned by their family to live on their own and become powerful. The young males often try to go back to the herd but later realize they are on their own. The above picture is as seen through our guide's telescope.

Bufffronted Quail Dove

Resplendent Quetzel

Nest of a humming bird

Azure Jay - very hard to capture through lens.

Black Throated Trogon female

Black faced Solitaire

Spotted wood creeper


Humming birds

We saw a lot of hummingbirds here. 10 species of humming birds we captured through the lens in Costa Rica; center: 1. bronze-tailed plumeleteer (Chalybura urochrysia). From Left , clockwise: 2. violet sabrewing (Campylopterus hemileucurus) 3. gray-tailed mountaingem (Lampornis cinereicauda) female. 4. white-eared hummingbird (Basilinna leucotis) 5. scaly-breasted hummingbird (Phaeochroa cuvierii) 6. gray-tailed mountaingem (Lampornis cinereicauda) male 7. rufous-tailed hummingbird (Amazilia tzacatl) 8. coppery-headed emerald (Elvira cupreiceps) 9. Magenta-throated woodstar (Calliphlox bryantae) 10. black-crested coquette (Lophornis helenae) 11. charming hummingbird (Amazilia decora) 12. Green-crowned brilliant (Heliodoxa jacula)

The hanging bridge through the canopy provides a closer look at the vegetation and bird life of the forest. It is here that we spotted the beautiful and exotic Azure Jay bird. Our daughter pointed it out for us!

The trees of the cloud forests host excessive number of epiphytes like bromeliads, orchids and mosses. Sometimes the tree falls down due to excessive weight of such creepers. Most of the trees are bent due to presence of numerous epiphytes/bromeliads. The bromeliads are usually home to frogs, lizards and snakes.

Monteverde Inn

Monteverde Inn is just 10 mins away from the cloud forest. The Inn has beautiful views of Gulf of Nicoya. The sunsets are mesmerizing. The Inn also is located on a farm and provides hiking opportunities through the cloud forests. They also have thier own preserve called "Valle escondido". We loved walking through the this wilderness area around the Inn. This area has some lowlevel forests with rivers cutting through making for amazing scenery. We could spot some beautiful birds like Blue Crowned Motmot, Toucanet, Great Grakel and Baltimore Oreole.

View of Gulf of Nicoya from the Inn

Views of Cloud Forests from the Inn

Grand Ficus Tree

Mesmerizing sunset over the Gulf of Nicoya

Emerald Toucanet

Blue Crowned Motmot (Momotus momota)

Great Grackel, Baltimore Oreole and Sooty thrush

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