To the south, and reached by a twisty road, is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, home to more than 400 species of birds. Heading west from Arenal you drop down into the dry heat of Guanacaste’s savanna.
Our preferred accommodation
Fonda VelaLodge/Hosteria - MonteverdeExcellent location, 2km from the Monteverde Cloud Forest reserve entrance (a 25 minute walk). Rooms are spread around 7 buildings and they have 2 restaurants, a bar, a games rooms and an art gallery. The grounds are spacious and well kept, they also have there own herb and vegetable plot.
Hidden Canopy Treehouses Boutique HotelLodge/Hosteria - MonteverdeSix cabins in a guesthouse run by an American lady, on the main road into Monteverde but with wonderful views over the trees and hills.
Monteverde LodgeLodge/Hosteria - MonteverdeA very comfortable lodge with a good atmosphere. The grounds are lovely and offer excellent wildlife and birdspotting opportunities. The restaurant and bar area are cosy and the food is very good (complimentary tea and cake are served each afternoon).
Trapp Family LodgeLodge/Hosteria - MonteverdeA family run hotel within walking distance of the Monteverde Reserve. There are lovely gardens, good food and the service is friendly.