Monteverde Cloud & Rain Forest of Costa Rica
We are then told the bus is 1 hour to Monteverde.
But it is raining and it is a terrible road.
We start to head through the cloud forest.
The trip takes 4.5 hours.
We arrive at Monteverde Hostel Lodge.
This is no hostel. This is a gorgeous lodge.
To get to our room, we have to cross a suspension bridge.
Our room is all wood.
It is spacious, and clean, with an en-suite.
The balcony outside our room is a lovely spot for a quiet time in the morning.
I sat and just breathed in the fresh mountain air.
The surrounding cloud forest garden is just lovely.
The birds are singing and we see hummingbirds, and other magnificent birds.
Apparently there are monkeys, but we don’t get to see any, and were told we should have left out banana to entice them.
We met up with our new friends and sat and chatted all afternoon.
We then decided to go back to the Tree House restaurant, but it was raining, so that was a shame.
But we added another Australian guy to the group, who had travelled a lot of the area we were all going so we got some tips from him.
Next day we all met for breakfast, and decided to go to the Suspension Bridges.
There are 8 bridges, and we were fortunate they had a car, as it is a long way out of Monteverde town area.
It cost us $60 for entry for my son and I and that included the small Hummingbird Garden.
It is a pretty long walk, and it is a shame as you can’t really see the water underneath.
There are no paths the kids could go off exploring.
We didn’t see any wildlife either.
In other parts of the world, you wouldn’t even be charged, but everything is money here.
We enjoyed the walk — would be awesome if the clouds had moved over whilst on the bridges.
Next was the Hummingbird garden.
It is small with 2 tiers, and a lot of hummingbird feeders.
The garden is better value than the bridges and is $5 to get into.
The colours, sizes and varieties are incredible.
A great place to take kids.
When we headed back to the lodge, my son said the suspension bridges were ‘boring’.
I was disappointed as we had spent a whole days budget, just going there, but I was glad he was honest, as I would do other things next time.
Next morning (we are early risers) we were in the forest for a walk.
It was a good lesson — banana palms and flowers forming, so you could see exactly how they grow.
There was also many types of coffee plants, and I found that interesting as they were all sign labelled.
Our friends offered to take us to Liberia to get a bus.
Their car was so packed, it was hilarious, but we managed to all get in.
Driving down we did pass a few clouds floating through.
Monteverde is a great place to visit.
Monteverde Hostel Lodge is new (they only bought it 3 weeks ago).
It is a great place to stay and I would recommend it if you go there.
The staff are friendly and a good place to meet other travellers.