Living the Pura Vida: Exploring the Cloud Forest Reserve at Monteverde, Costa Rica

Living the Pura Vida: Exploring the Cloud Forest Reserve at Monteverde, Costa Rica

Onward and… upward? Absolutely. After 3 days of what was a blissful 7 day stay at the all-inclusive Hotel Riu Palace Costa Rica, we had just completed a tour of a coffee plantation where we learned the secret behind the perfect cup of Costa Rican coffee and we were ready to stretch our legs! After 3.5 hours of driving through the most beautiful of micro-climates, we had reached our final destination: Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Finally.

Fly like a butterfly, sting like a…

The minute we stepped out of the van, we could feel the change in temperature, and or the very first time since landing in Costa Rica, I was cold! Not only was their a serious nip in the air, but it had also started to rain.

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After buying a few purple ponchos which made us look like giant grapes, we headed to our first stop at the reserve: the butterfly conservatory.Β The conservatory itself was quite big – well, more high than big – and filled with 32 species of butterflies (although the guide explained that one or two species, the most brightly decorated like the blue one pictured below, dominated since they were the favoured among tourists. Sad, I know.). Continue reading “Living the Pura Vida: Exploring the Cloud Forest Reserve at Monteverde, Costa Rica”