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Monteverde´s Reserve History
In 1972, George Powell, a scientist, was able to obtain as a donation, 810 acres from Guacimal Land Company with the condition that a civic association would be the legal representative. The Center for Tropical Studies (CCT) accepted the challenge and with the help of Powell, his wife and the local Quaker community member Wilford Guindon came together to create and administrate the Monteverde Cloudforest Biological Reserve. The CCT has continued administrating the reserve and so far has expanded its territory in more than 9945 acres.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
It is a well-known private reserve and one of the most important protected areas in Costa Rica.
It is visited by nature lovers from various countries desiring to enjoy, appreciate and study the abundant biodiversity of its ecosystems.
The Reserve has a managing Plan, updated in 2005, which is a basic programming tool for ensuring area conservation goals.
The Reserve is open year round every day from 7:00 am. to 4:00 pm. Guided tours are also offered on the trails from 7:00 to 9:30 pm.
How do I get to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve?
From San Jose take the Inter-American highway North to kilometer 133, then turn right towards Sardinal until you reach Santa Elena (about 29 kilometers). Once you reach Santa Elena continue for another 6 kilometers following the signs. This will bring you to the entrance to the reserve. The road to Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve is unpaved (a vehicle equipped with four-wheel-drive is recommended).
Activities in Monteverde:
Check out the list of some of the great variety of tours you can make during your visit to Monteverde, we will gladly help you book the activities you prefer.
- Minimum age: depending on the tour 5 or 7 years
- Maximum weight: 230 lbs
- Wear long pants, durable shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Wear a helmet to protect your head in case of a fall or collision with a tree branch.
- Make sure the horse rental company has the necessary safety measures and insurance in case of an accident.
- Don´t shout or make any sudden movements near the horse, as you could startle it. Horses respond best to riders that are gentle but firm.
- Make sure that the saddle, reins, and stirrups are firmly in place.
- When out riding, stay on the trail to avoid running into branches or other possible obstacles.
- In most cases, the horse is familiar with the route; however, you must be alert along the trail.
- It is not advisable to go horseback riding along trafficked streets, but if you do have to travel along one during a tour, stay on the right-hand side.
- Request the name of the location or the nearest town for guidance in the event of emergency call 9-1-1.
- Minimum age: depending on tour 4, 5 or 6 years.
- Weight: minimum of 50 pounds (22 kilos) and maximum of 250, 265 or 300 pounds (depending on the tour).
- Height: minimum of 1.45 meters and a maximum of 2.15 meters.
- It is recommended to wear long pants.
- Wear comfortable shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent.
- Make sure that the company has accident insurance and certified guides.
- Verify that the equipment, cables and platforms are in good condition.
- Make sure that the guides offer the necessary instructions before starting the activity, such as the braking system, how to situate yourself along the cables, knee-bending, etc.
- Always check that the harness, helmet and security cables are properly in place before pushing off.
- Zip lining can be done from 6 years of age and up, with a minimum weight of 48.5 lbs. (22 kilos) and a height of 4.75 ft (1.45 meters).
- There is no age limit. However, weight should not exceed 300 lbs. (135 kilos) and 7 ft. of height (2.15 meters).
- Some have trails for the disabled. Each site has different requirements by level of difficulty of the trails.
- Wear hiking boots with thread.
- Wear light pants and shirt (avoid wearing jeans), cap or brimmed hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and bring a poncho.
- Bring a small knapsack with snacks and water. Dehydrated fruits or canned products are best.
- If weather forecasts predict rain or if there is mud, bring a change of clothes with you.
- Any excursion, no matter how simple, needs to be planned.
- It is important to take into consideration your physical condition, weather forecasts, basic supplies and knowledge of the trail.
- If you need information regarding the trail, consult a professional tour guide or a local.
- It is not recommended to hike in virgin forests or take unmapped shortcuts.
- Let someone know about your route and the areas you plan to visit, in case there is a setback or an accident. This will help them locate you.
- If you are travelling in a group, try to stay on the same trail. Don´t go too far ahead, veer off the path or stay behind. In the event that you cannot keep up with the group, let the guide know so he can determine the best way to continue.
- Always stay on the marked trails and avoid touching or eating fruits, and tasting plants that you are unfamiliar with. Some of them can be poisonous.
- In Costa Rica it is prohibited to remove and buy/sell wild plants or animals.
- Request the name of the hiking place or the nearest town for guidance in the event of emergency call 9-1-1.
Other tours we can help you book:
- Butterfly, hummingbird and orchid gardens.
- Bat, amphibian, reptile and insect exhibits.
- Coffee, chocolate and “trapiche” tours.
- Treetop Walkways and Suspension Bridges
Regulation of public use of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve (Tropical Science Center, 2010)
For your safety, and in order to respect the natural environment you will enjoy, follow these rules while you visit the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve.
- Register at the reception and pay the admission fee before entering the reserve.
- Walk only on the approved reserve trails.
- No camping is allowed.
- It is forbidden to hunt or collect samples of plants or animals within the Reserve.
- While you are in the reserve, speak softly so you won´t disturb the animals or other visitors.
- Using radios and tape recorders is prohibited.
- Do not feed or touch animals. Pets or horses are not allowed into the Reserve.