Monteverde is the best possible example of cloud forest – an astoundingly fertile environment that is teeming with life. The near 100% humidity means that from forest floor to leafy canopy, it’s just layer upon layer of plant life, inhabited by myriad mammals, birds and insects. Wandering the trails in the early morning feels like you are in a timeless primordial world.
Costa Rica’s last swath of cloud forest exists thanks to the efforts of local conservationists, started by Quakers in the 1950s. The Monteverde 30,000 acre private reserve comprises six different 'life zones' and an incredible diversity of flora and fauna. Obviously, actually spotting the fauna is a challenge in such dense forest but the main attraction is the environment itself.