Leaving Arenal and La Fortuna behind, you will continue your journey across the lovely Lake Arenal before heading up into the lush, green cloud forest high of Monteverde. The total duration of this adventure connection is approximately 4 hours long and this is the fastest way to get from Arenal up into the Cloud Forest of Monteverde. The first leg of the connection takes you by transfer to Lake Arenal where you will board a boat that will take you across to the other side of the lake, during which you may have the opportunity to see the Arenal Volcano as well as some beautiful tropical birds. After the lake crossing, you will continue the journey by land in shared transportation for the last 38-kilometer drive of scenic dirt roads into the mountains, to the cloud forests of Monteverde. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel.
Located on the Pacific highlands, the small town of Santa Elena sits as the gateway to the beautiful Monteverde and Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve. The area is known as one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics. Santa Elena is slightly reminiscent of a tropical Switzerland, with its charming wooden houses and alpine climate. This environment creates a constant game of drizzle and warm sunshine; a combination that makes Monteverde the most famous cloud forest in the world. It is called a cloud forest rather than a rain forest because of its altitude: as the high-altitude forest juts up through the clouds.
Depending on the time of your arrival in Santa Elena and having settled in to your accommodation, the rest of the day is free to explore or relax. If you’re feeling a little hungry or like cheese, then the Monteverde Cheese Factory is where you should head to. Opened in 1953 by the area’s original Quaker settlers, you can taste some nice cheese and ice-cream here, especially the Monte Rico which is famous throughout Costa Rica.
As the sun begins to go down and the light mystically disappears from the sky, you’ll be picked up from your accommodation to start your Coffee Tour with a Twilight Nature Walk. With around 90% of its 26,000 acres completely untouched by man, more than 100 species of mammals live in the Monteverde Reserve but, you better watch your step as 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles can also be found here, both venomous and non-venomous! Experiencing the peaceful darkness of the Cloud Forest is both an eerie yet thrilling experience as more than 60% of the Cloud Forest life awakens at this time. You’ll also see the change of guard as the daytime wildlife rushes through the forest to find a final snack before going off to bed. Guided by an expert nature guide, they’ll take you to the best places on the property to spot the different types of mammals, insects, amphibians and reptiles. One of the highlights of tonight’s nature walk will be seeing the dart frogs waking up and observe them as they go about their nightly business with their bright colors and night chants. As you’ll be in relative darkness your senses will become attuned to the sounds and scents of the jungle, giving you a true encounter with nature while allowing you to see different endemic species of Monteverde.
After your evening nature hike, you will be guided to the on-site coffee farm of Don Juan to learn about the secrets of planting, harvesting, washing and drying the world-renowned coffee beans of Monteverde into a delicate cup of coffee. Sown into every Costa Rican, coffee is a very important product for both the economy and culture of Costa Rica. The owners of the Don Juan Coffee Farm were one of the first families to settle in Monteverde and the tour will give you a great understanding of the unique bond between the age-old authentic coffee production process and how it turned Costa Rica into a country known for its peace, stability and progress. At the end of the tour, you will be able to enjoy the freshly roasted coffee accompanied by some traditional snacks before being transferred back to your accommodation.
Included: Adventure connection from Arenal to Monteverde in Shared service with Lake Crossing Road-boat-Road, Don Juan Coffee tour and Twilight Walk in Group service with Transfer and Entrance fee, Accommodation in Monteverde (Meals – Breakfast).
Leaving Arenal and La Fortuna behind, you will continue your journey across the lovely Lake Arenal before heading up into the lush, green cloud forest high of Monteverde. The total duration of this adventure connection is approximately 4 hours long ...