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The Best 13 Things to Do in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a great place for all kinds of travelers, especially nature lovers. Monteverde is one of those areas of the country where you can get adventure and nature all at once. There are so many things to do in Monteverde that you might get overwhelmed with all the options.

It is also where one of the last few remaining cloud forests is located. When you get there, you will notice that the place has a unique climate and flora that make it looks almost mystical.

Monteverde is a unique area in Costa Rica filled with tons of different animal species and lots of different orchids. It is also a place for adventurers and people looking for luxurious hotels. The area is perfect for those looking to explore the beauties of the cloud forest in style. The many things to do in Monteverde will definitely give you your nature fix for your vacation.

There are many activities being offered that will keep you busy for days and outside your hotel, but there are eight that you absolutely can’t miss.

Things To Do In Monteverde

1. Canopy Tour:

This is THE thing to do in Costa Rica. It is an exciting adventure that will take you along zip lines on the forest’s canopy. If you pay attention, you might even be able to find some animals hiding among the tree branches. You will probably find tons of options for this kind of tour all over the country.

In my opinion, if you have time and budget, you should try a couple that takes you through different ecosystems in the country.

kid zip lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica

2. Hanging bridges Tour:

These tours take place in the forest and take you along trails and huge bridges over it. From them, you get one of the most spectacular views of the area. You will also see lots of wildlife. They are usually offered in a combo along with the canopy tours.

This is a much more relaxed alternative to the previous option that will allow you to enjoy the forest at your own pace. You also get to see more animals, since it is a much quieter activity that doesn’t scare them.

a hanging bridge in monteverde, costa rica

3. Sky Tram:

Looking for something even more relaxed and that doesn’t involve any walking?

This is what I like to call the relaxed version of the canopy tour. In it, you will travel along the forest canopy sitting in gondolas. This allows you to see animals hiding in the trees. I would recommend this one for those who still want to enjoy the beauties of the cloud forest, but don’t want something too fast.

sky tram in monteverde, costa rica

4. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve:

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is another cool way to explore the local forest and see the trees from another angle you can also go on a hiking tour along the reserve. During this tour, your guide will teach you all about the local fauna that you manage to run into.

This is a great place for a relaxing hiking tour. This tour is also famous among birdwatchers looking for colorful creatures hiding in the branches.

There are different trails of different lengths, so having a guide with you is a good idea to avoid getting lost or taking a trail that is too hard for you.

hiking tour in monteverde cloud forest reserve

5. Tour to the San Luis Waterfall:

This is a beautiful waterfall located on private property but for a small entrance fee, you can enjoy a short hiking tour through the forest to the waterfall. Depending on the climate you might be able to swim in it but beware. The water is super cold.

san luis waterfall in monteverde, costa rica

6. Horseback Riding:

The most common horseback riding tour of the Monteverde area is the one that takes you to the San Luis Waterfall. This is another relaxing, scenic, and even romantic option.

horseback riding tour monteverde costa rica

7. Orchid Garden:

This is a project that has one of the biggest orchid collections in Costa Rica. Right now, they have more than 450 different species, including the smallest orchid in the world. You will feel like you just got to heaven as soon as you walk into the garden where they are all kept. Even if you know nothing about orchids, I’m sure you will love seeing all of the gorgeous kinds and colors that exist in the area.

You will also be taught a lot about these gorgeous and delicate flowers.

Orchid garden and tour in monteverde costa rica

8. Frog Pond:

This is a small zoo for frogs, but they also have some other reptiles. They have over 25 frog species, including the famous Red Eyed Frog. This is definitely a great place to stop by to be able to learn more about these tiny reptiles.

red eye frog at a frog pond in monteverde costa rica

9. Serpentarium:

This is another reptile-only zoo, but this time it specializes in snakes. But that isn’t all it has to offer, they also have exhibited vipers, lizards, frogs, and all sorts of reptiles. Including the dangerous fer de lance.

Fer de Lance monteverde costa rica

10. Insectarium:

This is a great place for insect lovers. Here you will find thousands of different species, including the tarantula. This is also the place where a great collection of insects is located, called The Jewels of Costa Rica.

insectariums monteverde costa rica

11. Don Juan Coffee Tour:

It is a tour along with an authentic Costa Rica coffee farm where excellent coffee is harvested and processed. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about how coffee is made. You will also be able to taste some of the same coffee that Costa Rica has to offer.

coffee tour in costa rica monte verde

12. The Bat Jungle Exhibit:

Here you will be able to see and learn about these beautiful yet misunderstood creatures. In the exhibit, there are more than 40 live bats of 7 different species, including the vampire bat.

vampire bat monteverde, costa rica

13. Hummingbird Gallery:

It is located right next to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. It is home to more than 100 hummingbirds from 14 different species of these fast-flying birds.

Hummingbird in monteverde costa rica

There are only 13 out of the countless things to do in Monteverde. The list is made up of some of my favorite experiences that I got to visit and enjoy.

Have you ever been to the area? What were your favorite activities?

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The Top 13 Things to Do in Monteverde, Costa Rica

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