Created to protect an extraordinary environment, this park is known as the “Yellowstone” of Costa Rica. This volcanically active area has numerous steaming fumaroles, acid rivers and hot mud boiling spots. The park extends over nearly 35,000 acres and includes several active volcanic craters, open savannah, semi- deciduous forest and moister cloud forests below the volcanic summits. The park is located 2.5 hours drive from Tamarindo and Conchal and 3 hours from Nosara and Samara beaches
The Monteverde Cloud Forest in the Tilaran Mountains of northwest Costa Rica is one of the world’s premiere destinations for naturalists. A cloud forest is an especially beautiful and rare type of rain forest created by frequent mists from low-lying clouds. This cool and moist environment is characterized by massive trees covered by thick “carpets” of small plants. Much of the resident wildlife is endemic to these habitats. In addition to forest hikes, visitors can enjoy many other area attractions including horseback riding; dining in numerous restaurants; live frog and butterfly exhibits; bird watching; crafts and gift shopping; “zip line” tours and bridge walks in forest canopies; a visit to a native orchid garden and more.