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Cloud forests are exactly what they are – forests that are shrouded with ethereal cloud formations. It is these kinds of mountain peaks that the Central Highlands of Costa Rica is famous for. The country mostly has tropical zones and the cloud forests offer cool retreats with a spectacular view.
Here are ideal destinations if you want to experience some of the best cloud forests in Costa Rica:
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Considered to be the gem of all Cloud Forests in the region, the Monteverde Cloud Forest offers more than just a misty cloud on top of the mountain. Visitors have the chance to see more than 425 species of tropical birds including the famous Quetzal bird. There are also thousands of insect species, and plenty of plants, mammals, and reptiles. After a breathtaking hike, you can relax at the nearby art community of Santa Elena. You can view art displays at their galleries and museums. There is also an area for accommodations and several restaurants.
La Paz Waterfall Gardens
Couples and small groups will love the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. The natural vegetation is lush but well-maintained. There are hiking trails that leads to the rivers and the stunning waterfalls. There are also wildlife exhibits in the property. Visitors can also tour around the butterfly farm, and the hummingbird gallery. For accommodations, the Peace Lodge is a luxury lodge that has magnificent views of the misty clouds and the Poas Volcano.
Bajos del Toro Cloud Forest
As a private cloud forest reserve, Bajos del Toro offers a VIP treatment for its guests. The El Silencio Lodge and Spa has luxurious amenities if you prefer to stay indoors. But why waste your time inside? The splendid cloud forest outside will make you want to explore it via the hiking trails. The hike is also an opportunity to learn about medicinal plants and appreciate the beauty of the hummingbird garden.
Los Angeles Cloud Forest
For an accessible cloud forest experience, the Los Angeles Cloud Forest has plenty of adventurous activities to offer its guests. You can go hiking, bird watching, quetzal spotting, and visit San Ramon, a historic village where you can learn about the culture of Costa Rica.
San Gerardo de Dota
The Garden of Eden, San Gerardo de Dota is a serene forested valley that has streams coming from the mountains. It is a charming place that is comparable to scenes from a fairytale movie. Experts would say that it is the best location if you are after seeing the shy Quetzal bird. The lodges in the area offer hiking tours, horseback riding, and fishing activities. San Gerardo de Dota is almost at Costa Rica’s highest point so expect to have colder temperatures especially at night. It is best to stay overnight since sightseeing are best appreciated in the morning.
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