Here is a virginal forest dripping with mist, dangling with mossy vines, sprouting with ferns and bromeliads, gushing with creeks, and nurturing rivulets of evolution. It's so moving that when Quaker settlers first arrived here in the 1950s, they agreed to preserve about a third of their property to protect this watershed. The community later joined forces with environmental organizations to purchase 328 hectares adjacent to the already preserved area. This was called the Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde, which the Centro Científico Tropical (Tropical Science Center) began administering in 1975. Nowadays the reserve totals 105 sq km.
Due to its fragile environment, the reserve allows a maximum of 160 people at any given time; during the dry season this limit is usually reached by 10am. Assure your admission by making advance reservations for a spot on a tour. Otherwise, be an early bird and arrive before the gates open.