Monteverde cloud forest reserve is situated on a plateau 3,500 feet above sea level. The unmade track to Monteverde makes for a bone-shaking journey but it is well worth the trip if you are interested in wildlife - particularly birding. Guided walks through the reserve are available at night as well as during the day.
The Santa Elena Reserve is just as good for animal and birdlife and you may find that you will have a quieter walk through the cloudforest than at Monteverde.
There has been talk of paving the road from the Interamericana to Monteverde. Many locals have opposed this idea as, understandbly, they fear it would change the area for the worse.
Over 50 species of hummingbird have been recorded in Costa Rica. These birds are always fascinating to watch. They can flap their wings up to 80 times per second, thus producing the hum for which they are named. The speed of wing combined with the ability to rotate the whole wing, enables them to hover in place when feeding on the nectar from flowers. They are generally quite aggressive birds and will do anything to defend their feeding territory!Hummingbirds
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