Santa Elena and Monterverde are lined with lodgings, from fun and affordable hostels and friendly farmstays, to luscious and luxurious mountain lodges. They are packed into the village streets and spread out on the forested hills around town. Budget travelers will probably want to stay in Santa Elena, where they have more options and easier transportation. Midrange and high-end travelers might want to consider staying in nearby Cerro Plano or Monteverde, or even further afield. These places promise closer interaction with nature, though many require a vehicle (preferably, a 4WD).