5 Reasons You’ll Fall In Love With Costa Rica’s Incredible Cloud Forest

I always wondered what a cloud forest was. While standing in the misty greenery of Costa Rica’s cloud forests with wisps of clouds sweeping past my face, I finally understood. Here I was at a much higher elevation than just a “regular” rainforest enveloped by low-hanging clouds and plenty of moisture. 

Cloud forests, which really do seem to touch the sky, make up only 1 percent of the global forest area, which makes them a rare ecosystem. Trailing foliage, colorful orchids, verdant vegetation, and the sound of rare birds singing in the forest make this an exciting eco-tourism destination. Think nature and adventure (if you have some gumption) and you will fall for Costa Rica’s incredible cloud forest, just as I did. 

How To Get To The Cloud Forest In North Central Costa Rica

Your destination is the tourism hub of Santa Elena. A bustling village with all your needs, this is where you will stay and eat. 

If you are driving, the road to Monteverde is steep, full of potholes, and unpaved. Drive slowly. I took the bus from San Jose, standing room only, and remember the slow line of traffic snaking up the road. I was thankful I wasn’t driving and gob-smacked by the magnificent views. 

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