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Information about Monteverde, Costa Rica
A small community of people from The United States arrived to Costa Rica in the 1950s to found the town of Monteverde next to what is today the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. The reserve has helped make the town an enormously popular destination for eco-tourism. Many of the buildings retain their original style, untouched by modernity.
The town is about a five hour bus ride from San José, Costa Rica's capital.
Monteverde residents lead a rural way of life. Tourists usually lodge in the series of houses that help make up this not-so typical Costa Rican town. The various services offered here can be found scattered about: one ATM machine, one bank, one book shop, one hospital, one post office and a number of supermarkets.
The town sits tucked within the Tilarán Mountains, which keeps it cool and cloudy. Visitors should remember to bring a warm coat with them.
This quiet, farming community produces some of the best cheese in Costa Rica and tourists are highly encouraged to try it for themselves.
Nature fans will fall in love with Cloud Forest Reserve, where they can see the butterfly garden and an incredible variety of birds and breathtaking wooded landscapes.