The primary attraction of the Monteverde region is the Cloud Forest. This is a high elevation forest defined by trees with thick sturdy trunks and a tight canopy buffeted by the winds which blow in the clouds. Activities in the area are defined by exploring this forest and looking for wildlife. This involves hiking, at the length and pace of your choice. A lot of people do it on their own and see very little. A Naturalist Guide will greatly increase the number of sightings and also the quality of the view. Our guides carry telescopes which make it much easier to see birds that are way up in the trees. Guests mostly book half day hikes but some opt for a full day hike and a sack lunch. The day consists mostly of looking for birds and learning about the environment. It’s likely that the trail will include a stop and a discussion about conservation and the impact of preserving the forest going forward or not. In our opinion, Monteverde is also the best place in Costa Rica to go horseback riding and the butterfly garden and bat jungle are fun, especially when kids are involved. When visiting the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, if you’re up for the hike you can see the Continental Divide, a place where water that falls on one side ends up in the Pacific Ocean and water that falls on the other ends up in the Atlantic Ocean. We normally recommend that our guests visit one of the two reserves or both if they have the time and like to hike. For resting between activities, or for the more relaxed traveler, Monteverde Lodge & Gardens is a great place to take your time and enjoy your surroundings. Rooms are cozy and at night the fireplace in the bar area is always lit. During the day the garden is a great place to sit and read, meditate, bird watch, talk. There are normally mixed flocks of birds in the yard going about their business, while the stream in the garden makes its music. Daily visitors to the gardens include the Coatimundi, Agouti, White Faced Capuchin monkey and the sloth. Monteverde Lodge has been designed to enhance and encourage the travelers’ interaction with the remarkable environment that surrounds it. We have a staff of the best and most experienced guides who are available to lead private or group tours.