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An Overview of Monteverde



Monteverde, which is located at the crest of Cordillera de Tilarán, is a beautiful place with an interesting history. Four Quakers in Alabama were jailed in 1949 when they refused to register for the American draft. The Quakers decided to relocate somewhere with a military policy that does not conflict with their beliefs. Costa Rica was the best choice because it did not have any army.

11 families, composed of 44 people, settled in Monteverde in 1951. The fertile land and welcoming climate contributed towards deciding to come here. The Quakers bought a piece of land covering 1,500 hectares relatively cheaply and embarked on dairy farming and the production of cheese. The cooperative factory they established currently supplies cheese throughout Costa Rica. That is how Monteverde came into being.

Close by the city is a cloud forest that is wet and cool. It is among the best known tourist destinations in Costa Rica. Some of the things that people enjoy here include seeing wildlife displays, cloud forest tours, hiking, and visiting different art galleries. The following are some of the sites you may consider exploring.

The Cheese Factory

Have a first-hand experience of how the fine cheese is made. There is a large window behind the factory from where you can watch the processes involved in producing cheese. The factory, which operates from 7:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M., remains closed on Mondays and public holidays.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve

The main difference between the cloud forest and other typical rain forests is the fact that it is more cloudy and humid - because of the high altitude - while it receives relatively less rainfall. The 17,000-hectare reserve has eight ecological life zones. It has more than 2,500 plant species, 400 bird species, 110 reptile and amphibian species, and 100 mammal species.

The cloudy nature of the reserve and thick vegetation make it a challenge to spot wildlife at times but there are still many great sights to see, including waterfalls, streams, and trees. Get the opportunity to see a fragile ecosystem. Guided tours are available everyday between seven in the morning and four in the evening.

Butterfly Garden

Learn more about the butterfly, which does not only involve its life cycle but also its importance. There are screened gardens where you will be able to see many types of butterflies, giving a perfect setting for picture-taking. The Butterfly Garden is always open from 9:30 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.. The admission fee includes guided tours. If you retain your entrance ticket, you may use it to visit the garden the following day.


You often hear of such terms as aquarium. However, Monteverde gives you the unique opportunity to see a Serpentarium, where you will observe different types of lizards and snakes. The informative displays are written in both Spanish and English. It is open between eight in the morning and five in the evening.

Other things of interest include aerial adventures, canopy tour, Sky walk, and horseback riding. You will have a great time here.



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