Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
Monteverde, Costa Rica
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is an extremely popular tourist attraction in Costa Rica. Over 70,000 people visit the park every year.
The reserve was created by a group of Quakers who fled the United States to avoid the Army draft. Use of violence clashed with their moral code belief system, and Costa Rica had just abolished it’s military.
My good friend Abby came down from the States to visit, and together we decided to go explore Monteverde for a day.
The next morning we hopped on an early local bus into the reserve from the nearby town of Santa Elena. Luckily we arrived at the start of Costa Rica’s rainy season –
the landscape was incredibly green and there were no tourists around.
Many of the trails in Monteverde are raised up on walkways made of concrete blocks or wood. They’ve been constructed like this to support the massive popularity of the park.
Colorful Mushrooms in the Forest