El Jardín de las Mariposas
One of the most interesting activities is visiting the butterfly garden. Admission entitles you to a naturalist-led tour (in Spanish or...
Monteverde’s cloud forest provides a heavenly habitat for amphibians, which, if you’re lucky, you’ll see in the park. But at the Ranario...
Here you'll find about 40 species of snake, plus a fair number of frogs, lizards, turtles and other cold-blooded critters. Sometimes...
Taberna Los Valverde
Restaurante De Lucía
On the same road as El Jardín de las Mariposas, this Chilean-owned place is Monteverde’s most famous restaurant. Chef José Belmar, who...
Santuario Ecológico information
Lonely Planet review
Offering hikes of varying lengths, Santuario Ecológico has four loop trails (the longest takes about 2½ hours at a slow pace) through private property comprising premontane and secondary forest, coffee and banana plantations, and past a couple of waterfalls and lookout points. Coati, agouti and sloth are seen on most days, and monkey, porcupine and other animals are common. Bird-watching is also good. Guided tours are available throughout the day, but you’ll see even more animals on the guided night tours.