Costa Rica’s central highlands are dotted with a number of exquisite and captivatingly biodiverse cloud forests.
Typified by elevated and tropical evergreen forest land with 100 per cent humidity and hence almost always shrouded in clouds and mist, is from where the name sprung. And Costa Rica is fortunate enough to have at least six cloud forest zones concentrated in the central highlands and in the central south.
Monteverde is the country’s most renowned destinations for cloud forests. A small town hemmed in by the Santa Elena and Monteverde Reserves, it is also very close to the Arenal volcano area. Here you can trek the trails that traverse these copious habitats of lichen, moss, and orchids, populated by ocelots, butterflies, umbrella birds and the endangered Quetzal.
To the south east of Monteverde and 1hr 30mins north of San Jose is Bajos del Toro and the Bosque de Paz Biological Preserve. This cloud forest is sandwiched between the Juan Castro Blanco and Poas Volcano national parks and home to an exuberant number of bird species such as 4 types of heron, hawks, falcons, eagles, doves, parakeets, owls and hummingbirds.
The closest to San Jose to the west is San Ramon. Just over an hour’s drive from the capital, the area is characterised by tranquil coffee plantations and the magnificent Peñas Blancas and Alberto Manuel Brenes Reserves. See deer, black guans, 57 different types of mammals and the clay-coloured Robin amongst so much more.
Temperatures are pretty steady all year round in these zones, averaging about 18c/64fRainfall is consistent through the year
The splendour of nature so intensely concentrated. God’s green house no less.
Rappel majestic waterfallsZip line through the misty canopiesStroll along lofty suspension bridgesHorseback riding through the forestsTrek and hike to your hearts desire