Palm trees line rows of coffee bushes at the Don Juan coffee plantation in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Costa Rica Road Trip (Part 2) Monteverde highlights

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Rainforests, cloud forests and humming birds

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.
A mist engulfs the upper levels of the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde in Costa Rica.

The Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

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 with 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 town, but has everything you will need.

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The Cloud Forest Reserve

The next morning we jumped back into the Mitsubishi and headed up to the Cloud Forest Reserve.
A mist hangs above the vibrant greens of the dense vegetation of the  Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde in Costa Rica.

The dense green of the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

The Cloud Forest is an absolutely fantastic place; 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.
It was very easy to spend hours wandering through the forest.

Looking across a long, steel, hanging bridge between two peaks in the Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Bridges connect different parts of the park

Various fauna growing over a dead tree branch in the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde in Costa Rica.

Delicate flora in the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

Further Reading

If your heading off on your own Costa Rican adventure, than grab a copy of this DK Eyewitness book.

I love planning trips and these guides are so helpful.

I find them extremely informative, easy to follow and the pictures and maps tempt you into discovering more.

Delicate Hummingbirds

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

A green hummingbird captured hovering, with its wings a blur as they beat at pace while feeding at a station in the Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

A Coppery Headed Emerald hummingbird, Cloud Forest Reserve, Monetverde

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

A hummingbird with its wings a blur as they beat at pace while feeding at a station in the Cloud Forest Reserve in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

A hummingbird in flight, Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

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, hovering in an almost upright position, in the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica

A Violet Sabrewing Hummingbird

A close up of a Green Violet Ear hummingbird, captured in flight, its wings blurred by the motion, in the Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde, Costa Rica.

A Green Violet Ear hummingbird, Cloud Forest Reserve, Monteverde

Don't just take our word for it!

If you're tempted by the enchanting rainforests full of incredible wildlife or the golden sandy beaches, take a look at the 'Visit Costa Rica' official website. The local Ticos know what they are talking about.

The Don Juan Coffee Tours

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, which was booked with Don Juan Coffee Tours.

Palm trees line rows of coffee bushes at the Don Juan coffee plantation in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

Over the Don Juan coffee plantation, Monteverde

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.

Densely packed green, red and brown coffee seeds on the bush, ready to be picked, at the Don Juan coffee plantation in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Close-up coffee beans on the bush

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 creamy coloured coffee beans, after being washed and dehusked are now ready to be roasted at the Don Juan coffee plantation in Monteverde, Costa Rica

The coffee beans ready to be roasted

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.

Tempted To?

Embark on your own Costa Rican road trip you'll be amazed how easy it is to tour around by car with. Like us you can create your own road trip and visit Manuel Antonio, Monteverde, Arenal and Tortuguero.

Take a peek at the offers at Rental Cars, they cover all budgets and allow you to pick up and drop off at different destinations.

My morning brew

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.
A view of the Arenal volcano, shrouded in cloud, across the lush landscape of Costa Rica.

Arenal volcano shrouded in cloud

Have You?

Visited Costa Rica? or are you planning too? It’s a wonderfully diverse country with so much to offer – go on, you know you deserve it.

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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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