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Cloud Forest Destinations

Monteverde

This particular zone contains one of the last habitats for unique species such as the quetzal. The forest is a combination of flora, fauna, and clouds in the summits of the continental divide..

In this zone, tourism and conservation have grown and we offer activities that include zip line canopy cables (tirolinas), cloud forests in the Santa Elena Monteverde biological reserve, guided night tours, hanging bridges over the forest, educational butterfly gardens, insect museums, frog and snake zoo, Spanish classes, and community work

Mountain biking can be done in the region or as a way to travel towards Arenal or the Central Pacific. The terrain of Monteverde is irregular and the elevtion is 1400 meters (4500 feet) above sea level. Never the less, the routes leaving Monteverde are mostly downhill.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, wildlife observation, 4 wheeler tours, riding, mountain biking, insect museum, butterfly farm, skytrek, canopy, snake zoo, Spanish classes and community work, among other things.

Irazu Volcano

Irazu Volcano

Along the route towards the summit of Irazu you can see majestic views that will take anybodies breath away. Agricultural and dairy farms, as well as views of the Central Valley and the Talamanca range oblige you to stop and take photos. This colosus that dominates the central volcanic range is the highest volcano in Costa Rica reaching an elevation of 3443 meters (11,400 feet) above sea level and from its summit on clear days you can see both the Pacific ocean and the Caribberan sea. Its last violent eruption was in 1963, on the first day of John F. Kennedys visit to the country., Its main crater is known as the Diego de la Haya crater and the lunar views are unique, accessable, and permit you to go on hikes of low difficulty. However, do not forget about the altitude and low temperatures when preparing for a visit to this location.

There is an excellent trail for experienced mountain bikers that links Irazu volcano with the city of Turrialba passing next to the volcano of the same name that consists of the second phase of the world famous mountain bike competition called the route of the conquistadors. The terrain planted with farm crops and dairies surround the rock and ash roads that you ride on..

Synthesis of activities: Short hikes, excellent scenery, photography, and mountain biking.

Poás Volcano

Poás Volcano

Even if you have visited other volcano craters, Poas has its own beauty, which is why your visit here will always be a pleasure. The altitude is a little more than 2800 meters (8800 feet) and the termperatures are low to moderate. The main crater is accessable by a short 15 minute hike and it has a beautiful turquoise lake and gysers that are evidence of the constant volcanic activity. There is another trail of moderated difficulty that leads to the ancient Botos crater where there is a lake surrounded by rain forest.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, bird watching, plants, hikes and Wildlife.

San José de la Montaña Canopy Tour

The canopy (zip line) closest to the Central Valley can be found in San Jose de la Montana in the highlands of Heredia. The valley views are beautiful and the tour runs through the tree canopy of the cloud forest. The safety systems are excellent and the guides have specialized training for the responsibility of the visiting groups It is also possible to include with the zip line canopy a mountain bike tour of the cypres forest and cloud forest.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, hikes, and mountain biking.

Waterfall Gardens

This private property is a place without equal, where you can appreciate 4 impressive waterfalls in addition to one of the biggest butterfly farms in Central America. The hummingbird gardens have at least 20 different species of these beautiful creatures. The place offers a serpentarium and breath taking gardens. The trail has a large number of steps, but 85% are descending.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, nature observation, car rental, hotel Reservations, trails and Wildlife.

Cerro de la Muerte

At 3400 meters (11,000 feet) above sea level emerges the impressive Bella Vista peak, known as the summit of death. Contrary to the insinuation of the name, this site is unique in Costa Rica for its beauty and ecosystems such as cloud forests and sub moors. The elevation and climate have similar characteristics of some places in the Andes, with typical vegetation of this type of geographic zone

Activities: Bird watching is an interesting activity. In fact, this zone possibly is the easiest place to see the majestic Quetzal Resplandeciente, which is a resident species. Extreme hikes, riding, and canopy tour.

Synthesis of activities: Excellent scenery, photography, hikes, horseback riding, riding, canopy tour, and mountain biking.

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