During our 7-day all-inclusive stay at the Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, we embarked on two excursions to get a little more familiar with our temporary country of residence. 3.5 hours from the hotel, the first trip we did was to Monteverde located 4,662 ft (1,440 m) above sea level. Renown for it’s steady supply of clouds and mountainous landscape, Monteverde was our entrance to a whole new side of Costa Rica. Leaving beaches behind, we headed out for a day that included a visit to a coffee plantation and a trip to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.
Now that I’ve recovered from the bouncy roads and air-con, I can honestly say that the best part of the excursion was the beautiful landscape we saw and the micro-climates we experienced en route to our destination. Over the course of the 3.5 hour journey to the Cloud Forest, we saw an entire transition from dry and mountainous to green lush rain-forest. Thankfully we were able to get out and stretch our legs about 2.5 hours in to take a tour around a working coffee plantation and grab a bite of lunch! The plantation itself was smaller than expected but really cozy a hidden in the very hilly and lush area of Monteverde. With clouds hovering near over top, a constant drizzle in the air and a descending fog that would make it’s presence known on our return journey back home, stopping here really gave us the impression of stepping into another world. While I can’t be sure, judging from the decor found inside the sampling room that displayed the final product (as seen below) I believe the plantation was part of the Coopeldos R.L, a cooperative company formed by small and médium coffee producers of the high area of Tilaran, Abangares and Monteverde.