Monteverde’s popularity rose in the 1980’s, when a National Geographic article promoted the area as a mecca for wildlife lovers, especially bird watchers. Now, Monteverde is on almost all travelers’ lists of things to do in Costa Rica. People flock to Monteverde to go ziplining through the famous cloud forest reserve, to observe the innumerable species of wildlife that live here, and to enjoy this unique natural environment on horseback or on foot. There is something to suit every type of traveler in Monteverde, which is why it is as popular with backpackers as it is with wealthy retirees and couples. It is also a favoured haunt of budding photographers, who will find an endless array of subject matter to capture with their lens.