community of Monteverde represents an example of growing business
in strict respect of nature
vast collage of green trees and mountains surround the secluded
community of Monteverde, founded almost 50 years ago by a goup
of 44 American Quakers. The settlement awaits visitors 25 miles
uphill from Puntarenas, thru a rustic road that makes driving
slow, that is worth when contemplation of the beautiful scenery
seduces the eyes. Located at about 1,400 meters above sea level,
the plateau that constitute the Monteverde community is perhaps
one the country´s most idilic pastoral setting. It is
an agricultural oriented population that combines perfectly
the production of natural goods with the conservation of nature.
Quakers who founded Monteverde never wanted to bring excessive
progress into the area and so avoided paved roads. Like a town
suspended in time, horses and horses-drawn wagons still constitute
a good means of transportation, while production of cheese and
milk is a main source of income for its inhabitants.
order to preserve the area as a sanctuary for nature, the efforts
of the founders peaked with the creation of the Monteverde Cloud
Forest Biological Reserve; this protected area of about 1,370
acres is a preferred site for scientists, specialists, birdwatchers
and nature-loving tourist visiting the area.
organizations devoted to the preservation of nature have assumed
the Quaker´s initiative with several programs of conservation
and stimulating research stations.
bellbird will host you during your visit, their song can be
heard from a distance of almost one and half mile, more than
36 hummingbird species are found among those is the smallest
hummingbird in the world.
form / to Puntarenas / Monteverde in a deluxe air conditioned
naturalistic tour conductor
fees to the Reserve
fees to the Orchid Farm
fees to the Butterfly Garden
lunch with natural tropical soft drinks
/ WHAT TO BRING
temperatures hover in the eighties making it truly comfortable
for an exciting experience with nature. Be sure to bring along
insect repellant as well as a soothing aloe lotion to relieve
the itching. When hitting the trails and forest avoid perfume
and fragrant shampoos, this only attracs mosquitoes, a hat,
sunglasses, cotton clothing, comfortable shoes for trails and
a rain poncho are a wise choice.