is a small region that is found in the province of Puntarenas in Costa Rica
. The Monteverde community has a beautiful location within the Cordillera de Tilaran mountain ranges, in proximity to the scenic Central Valley. Monteverde prides itself in its preservation of nature through its many eco-friendly approaches.
Today, Monteverde is among the main ecotourism destinations in Costa Rica and has even been named "the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves" by National Geographic. Further, Monteverde is home to several natural environmental attractions like the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which has been at the forefront in attracting significant numbers of visitors and lovers of Mother Nature.
Visitors take to the reserve to watch the numerous wildlife species encompassing most of the exotic and endangered animal species like jaguars and ocelots. Diverse plantations like ferns and orchids, including overhead canopies, form a great view during the many trails and hiking through the forests. Numerous natural gardens full of orchids, various blossoms full of butterflies, and the sight of the famous hummingbird are but a few of the attractions that await in Monteverde.
Apart from the more than four hundred plant species and wildlife, Monteverde also prides in unique and memorable outdoor activities that get visitors closer to nature. Horseback riding, hiking, zip line adventures, great canopy walks, canyoning, and waterfall sights are some of the experiences to indulge in. While at it, touring the vast coffee plantations and sugarcane farms is another way to break free from the city crowds and noises.
Traditional yoga and indigenous massages using natural plant oils are but some of the main attractions for visitors.
Unique art and craft pieces have been made in an effort to bring the entire Monteverde into perspective. Whether they are drawings or pictures of the scenic Monteverde landscape, galleries around town have been stocked all the beautiful exhibitions for the public to see.
The climate experienced in the Monteverde region is typical of a warm temperate climate that is classified as Cfb under the Köppen climatic classification. This is as a result of the ample rainfall all year round. The weather is mainly characteristic of warm to hot temperature ranges during the day and moderately cool temperature during the nights across the year. There are minimal variations in the temperature readings, averaging an annual average in the highs of 26.5°C (79.7°F) and lows of 18.6°C (65.5°F).
The rainy season begins in May
and ends in early January
, with the wettest month being October
with 423mm (16.7") in precipitation. The dry season runs from February
and has March
as the driest month at only 46mm (1.8") in precipitation.
The peak of the travel season to Monteverde falls during the drier season, between December
and March. The region usually experiences ample amounts of rainfall throughout the year, even during the drier season, and this is the reason why Monteverde keeps blooming, but it may inhibit the visiting times. Visitors continue to trickle into the city, regardless, considering the deep natural environments.
On varying dates between March and April, the people in Monteverde celebrate the Christian Holy Week in beautiful parades and religious marches amid feasting and incredible decorations. The Costa Rican Independence Day is celebrated on September
15, and the people take to beautiful decorations and costumes, feasts, and a culmination in stunning firework displays.