Monteverde/Santa Elena


In the cloud forest at 1200 to 1600 meters above sea level, Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde represents the wide ranging biodiversity of Costa Rica.  Within the misty forest there are hundreds of species of mammals, reptiles, insects, birds and plants.  Just one example, of the 56 species of humming birds found throughout Latin America, 28 of them are represented here.  We’ve spent a week here and some portion of every day is shrouded in clouds, often with some rain showers and sometimes there’s some thunder and lightening to go along.  We stayed in the nearby village of Santa Elena at a super comfy placed called Pension Santa Elena.  It’s owned by a brother and sister team from Austin, Texas.  The town is quite small but has quite a bit of traffic with arriving and departing travelers and those going to or coming from day trips to different parts of the surrounding area. Continue reading