Monteverde area is acclaimed as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics. The mountains and plains of this area home cloud forests and mighty rivers surrounded by rich vegetation and wildlife.
This is Costa Rica's heartland and the area whence the country earned its nickname," the Switzerland of Central America".
Monteverde Rain Forest is home to more than 100 species of mammals including 5 species of cats, over 400 species of birds including 30 kinds of hummingbirds, tens of thousands of insect species and 2,500 species of plants (420 kinds of orchids).
Here past every curve lies a view to behold and a local market stand to explore. Dairy farming is the regions main production along with ornamental plant cooperatives. Some of the country's best cheeses, like queso Palmito and Queso Monteverde are produced here. This area experiences a high percentage of rainfall but the rains tend to fall off from November thru May. From June thru October ran fall is more significant with the heaviest rains generally between August and October. Canopy tours, lake fishing, wind surfing, nature hikes, mountain biking and horseback riding are available.