Welcome to Costa Rica and the cloud forest
Depending on our time of arrival we will either stay the night in San José or start the drive to up into the cloud forest.
Brace yourself for a 4 hour journey into the heart of Costa Rica where we will work our way up to about 4,662 ft (1,440 m) to find Monteverde, an area famous for its cloud forests, coffee plantations, monkeys, mist and friendly locals.
Here we will stay in the town of Santa Elena which is small and quaint, filled with tasty restaurants and folksy artisan shops, and from here dive into the cloud forest to see what we can find...
The following morning we will be up bright and early with our trusty guide to take us into the hanging bridges of the Monteverde Reserves - utterly stunning and provides a birds eye view of what lives within.
Just so you know, the cloud forest is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, tens of thousands of insect species, and over 2,500 varieties of plants, 420 of which are orchids alone. Simply stunning, so get your binos ready.Hot and sweaty, but so worth it.
Here we will stay at the St Elena Hostel, in dorm style, dulux rooms. Bathrooms, with hot showers.