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Feb 09 2010

Monteverde Cloud Forest

Category: Accessibility,Costa Rica,My PhotosLori @ 11:39 pm Comments (2)

ButterflyYesterday we jammed as much rainforest into one day as we possibly could.  In the morning we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and had a 3-hour hike with our awesome guide / biologist, Eduardo.  He knew everything about the plants, birds, and animals of the reserve, and we learned A LOT.

In the afternoon I went to a butterfly garden that is staffed by Canadian students who know all about the bugs, spiders, and butterflies of Costa Rica.  I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the various habits of bugs, and got to release a Blue Morpho that had just come out of its chrysalis – so gorgeous!

After that we went for a hike on the Selvatura Hanging Bridges, where we could see the rainforest from a different perspective.  No matter how you look at it, it’s amazing and so interesting and beautiful.  I highly recommend Costa Rica as a travel destination.  Well, as long as handicap accessibility isn’t a requirement for the traveler.  The areas we visited were not at all accessible, including the “ramp” at our hotel in Monteverde.  Although there was a sign indicating an accessible ramp, the ramp had at least a 30% grade and no handrails.  Not to mention the sudden stop at the bottom.


2 Responses to “Monteverde Cloud Forest”

  1. Bob Caron says:

    That is one heck of a ramp. You wouldn’t want to go it alone in a chair unless you have some very strong arms. At first, I thought the turtles on the signs were a caution symbol to go slow but I see the turtle on the floor mat also. Is that a logo for the restaurant?

  2. Lori says:

    Yes, the turtle (la tortuga) is the hotel’s logo, but I think a warning to go slow would be appropriate!

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