Of course, Barry and I did the Cloud Forest hikes, places of great beauty and activity (tour bus destinations), but we also found the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary, a Costa Rican family run site that we had to ourselves much of one morning. It is on 48 hectors (about 118 acres) of reclaimed logged forest. Although second growth, this forest is beautiful and a wonderful place to wander and explore.
Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary – cost is $15.00 U.S.
Gigantic strangler fig trees
Butterflies, of course, in the Ecological Sanctuary
The path to the sanctuary
For the most part, the trails are very well marked.
View to the coast
Picnic tables, observation decks, and benches are scattered throughout the sanctuary
Wheeling birds entertained us
Even the leaf covered paths are beautiful
Beautiful trees, beautiful shadows
We were impressed by the large and the small.
Look at the size of this fern – see Barry in the shadows in the back left
Second growth forest – but big
Something we couldn’t see had made these patterns
We learned of trees we didn’t know.
The “Hippie Killer” tree – for all those darn tree huggers 🙂
One trail was particularly steep, but well worth the climb.
We could hear the waterfalls far from where we saw them
One trail is particularly steep – but well worth walking
Two waterfalls close together
With a rainbow too
Although we didn’t see mammals up close – probably because we were there mid-day and because conservation land that doesn’t allow people is nearby, we thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary.
A banana patch – in the ecological sanctuary
Bird of Paradise
Flowering vine covered walkway to the hammocks
We were given fruit and juice drinks at the end of our walk
Enjoying a banana from the comfort of a hammock – at the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary
Be sure to visit. We think you will like the Monteverde Ecological Sanctuary too.
Pure Vida, Renée