Welcome to Montes de Oro
Northeast of Puntarenas, Montes de Oro is a gold-mining district that’s tucked into the slopes and valleys of the Cordillera de Tilarán. A good number of day-trippers come up from Puntarenas and other coastal towns to fly through the trees on one of the country’s biggest canopy tours. Otherwise, this area is largely off the beaten track, with few facilities catering to independent travelers; you'll need your own vehicle (a 4WD, of course) and a sense of adventure. In the district capital Miramar, you’ll discover a real Tico town that’s largely untouched by tourism. And if you make it all the way up to Zapotal, at 1500m above sea level, you’ll have unparalleled views all the way down to the Golfo de Nicoya and a cloud forest of your very own.