Welcome to Costa Rica and the cloud forest
Depending on our time of arrival you will either stay 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 you will work your 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 you will stay in the town of Santa Elena which is small, filled with hip restaurants and folksy artisan shops, and from here dive into the cloud forest...
The following morning you will be up bright and early with the trusty guide to take you to the hanging bridges of the Monteverde Reserve - 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, delux rooms. Bathrooms, with hot showers.