|Here are some of the things you can do through independent tours at each location.|
|Below please find a statement of local attractions. Many of the same sorts of activities listed above can be arranged for here such as butterfly and frog gardens for those who do not like to walk and zip lining for those who seek to engage mother nature up close and at high velocity.|
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve:
In 1972 seeing the threat the
forests in Monteverde were under, the scientist George Powell and his
wife joined resident Wilford Guindon to establish a natural reserve. The
“Centro Científico Tropical” was receptive of these efforts and
accepted institutional responsibility for the foundations, possession
and administration of the future reserve.
After the creation of the reserve, the !Centro Cientifico Tropical”, continued searching for economic and human resources needed to protect, expand, consolidate and administrate properly the Reserve. Today the reserve has an extension of more than 10500 hectares. Profits made from the “Natural History Walks” help our environmental education program which benefits both local and national residents and educational institutions. Because of continued support by visitors worldwide, it has succeeded in transforming their perspective on nature.
Santa Elena Reserve:
The philosophy if the reserve is unique in that long term sustainability is not only a concern of the reserve, but of the community as a whole. Proceeds from entrance fees, guided tours and the souvenir shop are either reinvested in the management of the reserve or are channeled to a local high school to help upgrade technology and fund courses in environmental education, biology, agriculture, languages and tourism. In using the Reserve as a natural classroom, students and teacher harness an unlimited educational resource that can be used for anything from studying tropical plant ecology to leading tours.
The Santa Elena Preserve
comprises an area of 310 hectare or 765 acres, and together with the
Children’s Eternal Rainforest, The Arenal Conservation Area and The
Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve constitute a contiguous conservation
acre of approximately 28000 hectares or 69000 acres. Plans are underway
to raise funds to buy and restore adjacent farmlands for future
inclusion into the Santa Elena Reserve. Conservation efforts in the
area, are concentrating on establishing forest corridors radiating from
the central conservation area down to lower altitudes as many of the
forest fauna such as the Resplendent Quetzal, American Pumas, Jaguars,
Ocelots, and Red Brocket Deer require large territories in which to
forage and breed.
The Children’s Eternal Rainforest:
Since the beginning, The Children’s Eternal rainforest, raised the attention of the international community especially children and teachers. In 1987, kids in Switzerland, concerned about the loss of the tropical forests, wondered what they could do to save them: therefore, they came up with activities, raised money, and sent the MCL in order to purchase and protect land near Monteverde.
Coffee sold under the Monteverde label is purchased in small farms in the Monteverde area. Besides helping small producers instead of the big companies, Café Monteverde is under the “fair trade” program and sells high quantities of coffee under this program around the world. Special methods in production, harvesting and packaging are used in order not to damage soils and rivers. Waste from coffee processing is used as organic fertilizer.
Frogs and toads are undergoing massive worldwide declines. The frog pond is committed to the conservation of amphibians and they dedicate part of the proceeds from each ticket to research and conservation efforts. 26456320
CANOPY TOURS (ZIPLINE)
Is a network of under story trails and platforms reaching high above the ground in the midst of the tree boughs. Zip-lines attached from one platform to another allow you to slide through the forest canopy with the use of special equipment.
In 1953 Quakers families from the United States founded the Cheese factory of Monteverde with 2 employees and 9 share holders. Nowadays it provides work for about 160 people. Since 1954 the factory is making cheese. Starting with a production of 10 kg per day, but now the modern factory produces 1550 kg of cheese daily, which is sold throughout Costa Rica. The cheese factory is located in the middle of the Monteverde community. The cheese factory makes about 17 different kinds of cheese such as Gouda, Cheddar, Edamer, Parmesan, Mozzarella, Emmentaler, and Baby Swiss. One of the famous cheeses is the smoked Provolone, which is smoked naturally with coffee wood.
HORSE BACK RIDING:
Horse back riding is a healthy and funny way for experienced and inexperienced riders to learn and enjoy Monteverde´s wildlife.
|Sailboating||Wave runner safari||ATV safari|
|Sportfishing||Ultralight aircraft flying||Horseback riding|
|Damas Island (boat trip)||White water rafting||Canopy Tours|
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This 1897 palace was recently considered by Mexico's President Vicente Fox more beautiful than any existing building in Mexico. Admire the nineteen Century Italian paintings the gold finishing and marble statues. At the same time attend at night the opera, theater or musical shows of international and famous performers.
Official Site: http://www.teatronacional.go.cr
Pre-Columbian Gold Museum
Will bring us back to a golden past while we discover the more than 1600 pieces representing marvelous animals and geometrical forms that have been made by mastered aborigine artisans.
Official Site: http://www.museosdelbancocentral.org
The National Museum is located in San José, capital of Costa Rica, Street 17, between Central and Second Avenues, on Cuesta de Moras, to the east side of Plaza de la Democracia. Devices of ceramics, stone and jade relate the history that does 12 000 years began to write.
Official Site: http://www.museocostarica.go.cr/index.php?lang=en_EN
Jade Museum, the world's largest collection of pre – Colombian jade and the only museum of its kind in the American continent, that display more than 6,000 pieces, of jade, clay, stone and gold artifacts, dating primarily from 300 BC to AD 700.
Official Site: http://portal.ins-cr.com/Social/MuseoJade