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Monteverde Lodge

Situated on a hillside covered in pristine cloud forest and yet a short walk from the small town of Santa Elena is Monteverde Lodge and Gardens. A beautiful property already well known for its seclusion and impressive tropical gardens with winding trails, it became the fourth property of the BOENA Wilderness Lodges together with Pacuare Lodge, Lapa Rios Rainforest Lodge and Tortuga Lodge to complete the ultimate Costa Rica experience within their distinctive ecosystems.
 
The 28 rooms all look out onto the designer gardens, featuring a hidden naturally heated pool and which offers a natural oasis with opportunities to spot many species of birds, monkeys and sloth at any time of day. They have 1.5km of easily self-guided trails through their private reserve - allowing the guest to explore the wonders of the forest at their leisure. The experience here is enhanced further by the excellent restaurant, El Jardin, which features an impressive menu of surprising fusions of flavours and local ingredients. They also offer an extensive plant-based menu and a selection of innovative ice-creams made onsite! 

Waking up to the sounds of a tropical dawn chorus in one of the best bird watching destinations in the world is an experience to behold. As the sun rose through the trees on my first morning in Costa Rica, having driven up from San Jose the day before, the mist hung low over the lodge’s gardens, but this didn’t deter the numerous species of birds from belting out their early morning song. The effects of jet lag meant I was wide awake and so taking advantage of this went out to explore the trails around the reserve to immerse myself in the sounds and smells of the cloud forest. The trails were mostly deserted, bar one or two other keen bird watching guests, but I still felt I had the whole place to myself. Satisfied with my pre-breakfast stroll, I came back to the orchid house dining room ready for the platter of fresh fruits, freshly brewed coffee and full Gallo Pinto breakfast that awaited me, which needless to say set me up for a day of exploring the surrounding national reserves of Monteverde.

Nicola Gude - Senderos

Getting there

by road

BY ROAD

2.5 - 3 hours drive from San Jose to Monteverde with incredible views across to Nicoya Peninsula and the mountains around Monteverde.

by boat

BY BOAT

From Arenal there is the option of travelling cross-country by boat and road. This takes approximately 2.5 - 3 hours