Straddling the Continental Divide at 4,662 feet (1,440 m) above sea level and set within an almost mythic cloud forest, Monteverde is truly one of Costa Rica’s most remarkable destinations. Learn about Monteverde’s reserves, tours, lodging, dining, and more.
Facts About Monteverde
- - Mean temperature: 61-64° F (16-18° C)
- - Annual rainfall: 118 inches
- - Dry Season: December to March
- - Location: 140 miles (225 km) northwest of San José. Generally, this takes about 3.5 hours by car and 5 hours by bus.
- - Population: 6,750
- - Altitude: 5,900 feet (1,800 m), although the highest hiking trails are at an elevation of 4,100 feet (1,250 m).
- - Sunrise: 5:30 AM. Sunset is at 5:30 PM. See the Costa Rica Sunrise Sunset Time Table for more information.
How To Get To Monteverde
From San José: There are direct buses from San José to Monteverde that leave at 6:30 AM and 2:30 PM. These buses leave from the San Carlos Bus Station in San José (also known as the old Puntarenas bus station), which is located at the corner of Calle 14 and Avenida 11 and 9. Although this is a direct bus, it stops in Sardinal to allow people to use the bathroom and buy food. Cost is around $5 and the trip takes between 4 and 5 hours.
From Puntarenas: There are two buses from Puntarenas. One leaves at 1:00 PM (via Las Juntas) and one at 2:00 PM (direct). Both arrive in the village at 5:00 PM and cost approximately $2.
From Guanacaste: There are buses from Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playa del Coco, the Nicaragua Border, and Liberia. If you are taking one of these buses, you will go to the bus station in Sardinal or La Irma, and then hop on one of the buses to Monteverde. See the San José section above for details.
From Tilarán: The bus leaves Tilarán for Monteverde at 1:00 PM and arrives at approximately 3:30 PM approximately (although it is a bit later in wet season).The cost is approximately $3.
From Beaches Along the Southern Pacific: If you are traveling from the Marino Ballena National Park, Uvita, Dominical, Matapalo, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Jacó, or Herradura, first take a bus to Puntarenas. From here you can take a bus to Monteverde. See the Puntarenas section above for details.
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Learn More About Monteverde
The Monteverde Institute
A non-profit educational association by Monteverde residents, blends international study and research with educational and cultural opportunities for local Monteverde communities.
Monteverde Costa Rica Cloud Forest research database
Over 125 ecologists, agriculturists and educators have contributed to the natural history and ecology of the Monteverde area. Their objective is to bring together the extensive body of knowledge that researchers and natural historians have gathered and identify areas for future research.
Monteverde Natural History
The plants and butterflies of Monteverde.
Monteverde Friends School
A bilingual (Spanish and English) school serving preschool through high school students in small, multi-age classes. This school was founded over 50 years ago by the original Quaker settlers who left the United States for Monteverde, and now primarily serves local Costa Rican children as well as children of North American parents. This non-profit school is looking for volunteers and contributions.
Cloud Forest School
A school centered upon creative learning, the Cloud Forest School is an elementary non-profit school in Monteverde.
Montana Coffee Traders
If you live in the United States and would like to buy fair trade coffee from Monteverde, visit this site of the Montana Coffee Traders.
Coffee Farmers Coop
Another excellent resource for people living in the United States who would like to buy fair trade coffee from Monteverde.
ATMs And Newspapers
Visa and MasterCard are the most widely accepted credit cards in Costa Rica. Traveler's checks (in U.S. currency) and U.S. cash are accepted most everywhere.
The following website locates ATMs that accept MasterCard, Maestro and Cirrus in Costa Rica: https://www.mastercard.us/en-us/consumers/get-support/locate-an-atm.html
The following website locates ATMs that accept Visa:
Costa Rica’s ATMs By Region:
Banco de Costa Rica:
Banco Nacional: http://www.bncr.fi.cr/BNCR/Sucursales/PuntosLocalizacion.aspx
Costa Rica's national newspaper. The website is in Spanish, but there is an English version as well.
The Tico Times
A Costa Rican newspaper in English.
Other Websites & Resources
Travelling books about Costa Rica.
National Parks of Costa Rica
Missing private non-profit reserves, like Monteverde.
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