The view from the veranda, over the Don Juan coffee plantation, Monteverde.

Costa Rica Road Trip (Part 2) Monteverde highlights

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As expected, the clouds roll over the top of the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Our Sloths & Mojitos road trip continues from Manuel Antonio to the Quaker settlement of Monteverde, with approximately a 5 to 6 hour relaxing drive through wonderful Costa Rican scenery.
Like a lot of Costa Rica, Monteverde has extremely lush vegetation. It is well known for many things, including its ecotourism, the bio-diverse Cloud Forest Reserve, an abundance of wildlife and plenty of outdoor pursuits.

We stayed at Hotel El Establo, set within some wonderful surroundings which has stunning views over Monteverde.
As we arrived a bit late to venture out too far, we had a walk around the town it is a relatively small, but has all your essentials.

The Cloud Forest Reserve

The next morning we jumped back into the Mitsubishi and headed up to the Cloud Forest Reserve.

The Cloud Forest is an absolutely fantastic place because the wildlife is abundant and amazingly eye catching.

From the tiniest of insects to the remarkable toucans. We witnessed an army of ants marching along the side of the footpath, holding leaves that were 3 or 4 times their own size. It was just like something you would see in a David Attenborough documentary.

Walking along the hanging bridges which meandered amidst the forest canopy was incredible. It enabled you to get even closer to the wildlife.

Cable bridges connect different parts of the Cloud Forest Reserve, Moneverde, Costa Rica

It was very easy to spend hours wandering through the forest.

By the visitors centre is a bird feeding station like no other because here a vast array of hummingbirds flock to feed.

A Coppery Headed Emerald hummingbird, Monteverde, Costa Rica
A hummingbird, captured mid-flight at a feeding station in the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica

To watch these amazingly agile little creatures feed is a wonder of nature, because they do not appear to obey the laws of physics.

Once you get over the shock of how many of these beautiful creatures there are, you start to notice the huge variety of the different species too.

A Violet Sabrewing hummingbird, Monteverde, Costa Rica

The Don Juan Coffee Tour

The following day we embarked on a coffee plantation tour. The tour was quite intimate as the group was very small, a total of 6 of us.

We visited the family run coffee farm, booked with Don Juan Coffee Tours. Each part of the coffee production process was demonstrated to us and it gave a wonderful insight into the complexity of the task to produce fine coffee.

It was really enjoyable and surprising how much time and effort it takes to turn the fruit from the coffee trees into the roasted beans we grind for our daily coffee.

The view from the veranda, over the Don Juan coffee plantation, Monteverde, Costa Rica
The creamy white coffee beans, dried and ready for roasting.

Costa Rica only produces beans from the Arabica variety.
This type of coffee accounts for 75–80% of the world’s coffee production and is generally considered superior to the Robusta variety.

For me, the smell of freshly made coffee is one of the finest aromas in the world.

For some reason wherever we are, Gary always ensures I have my morning coffee because some might say my mood improves all the better for it…..

The next morning it was off to Arenal for the continuing adventure and we still had Tortuguero to go.

Inspired to vist Costa Rica?

Why wouldn’t you? It’s a great way to see many ecological wonders of the world.

You can now fly direct from London to San Jose with British Airways, and combine it into a road trip.

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Costa Rica Road Trip (Part 2) Monteverde highlights

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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