An Afternoon at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

Many travelers visit Costa Rica with dreams of experiencing and capturing the country’s incredible environmental heritage: spotting a resplendent quetzal, hearing the distinct call of the bellbird, observing a strangler fig growth that has completely taken over its host tree, leaving behind hollow ribs of its own.

These singular experiences form just stitches in the country’s environmental tapestry. Costa Rica accounts for only 0.03 percent of the earth’s surface, but it boasts nearly 6 percent of its biodiversity. The Children’s Eternal Rainforest, one of Monteverde’s private reserves, contains seven distinct life zones in its 23,000 hectares. Travelers with minds for science and sustainability flock to Costa Rica for good reason; here they can see flora and fauna that can’t be found anywhere else.

This past Sunday, UGA Costa Rica’s team of naturalists and interns visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve to experience a bit of this biodiversity, enjoying a few hours of hiking, climbing to the continental divide and identifying birds and plants with every step. We’re grateful to live in a country that values environmental conservation, puts these ideals to work with lasting public policy, and allows visitors from all around the world to take part in sustainable tourism.

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Want to experience the cloud forest for yourself? Stay with us at Ecolodge San Luis and we’ll sort out the details for you. Utilizing the expertise of local staff, we personalize authentic Costa Rican adventures and contribute to a growing landscape of sustainable tourism.

Blog post and images by Rachel Eubanks. For more photos from Monteverde, follow us on Instagram.

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