From Arenal to Monteverde
Monteverde Cloud Forest
The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is a unique ecosystem, rich in flora and fauna, and home to the Resplendent Quetzal. Like Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and its surroundings provide eco- and adventure tourists with a wide range of activities and opportunities. The distance from Arenal to Monteverde is relatively close as the crow flies (you can hear any activity at Arenal Volcano from Monteverde), but it takes about 4 1/2 hours by car from the Arenal Observatory Lodge, or about 4 hours by horseback. The drive to Monteverde is quite scenic, taking you around Lake Arenal and through the towns of Nuevo Arenal and Tilaran. A four-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended. Or, if you prefer, once you reach the town of Tilaran on the Pan-American Highway, you can catch a bus to Monteverde. On horseback to Monteverde, the route is considerably more rugged, heading over the mountains through rain and cloud forests to the town of San Gerardo.