Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is one of many cloud forests in Costa Rica. It is located in the northern mountains of Costa Rica within the Cordillera de Tilaran. This rainforest was established in 1973. It has been described as a ‘jewel in the crown of Cloud Forest Reserves’.

The forest reserve covers an area of 10,500 hectares and it includes a river, rainforest, and cloud forest habitats. It is privately managed instead of being government managed.


Quick Facts: –

  • The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles.
  • The highest trails in this forest reserve sit at an elevation of 1,250 meters.
  • Costa Rica is situated between the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean which creates the Great Divide.
  • There are approximately 9,000 different plant species in Costa Rica. 3,000 out of which are grown in Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
  • It is one of the easiest places to observe exotic birds like toucans, trogons, bellbirds and hummingbirds.
  • This region gets an average annual rainfall of about 118 inches. Dry season starts in December and ends in March.
  • The average temperature in the forest reserve ranges from 61°C to 64°C.
  • Once, the golden toad also called the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve home but it has become extinct now.