Straddling the Continental Divide at 1440 meters (4662 ft) above sea level, Santa Elena and the Monteverde cloud forest area offer one of the most interesting places to visit in Costa Rica.
The area is acclaimed as being one of the most outstanding wildlife refuges in the New World Tropics. Monteverde is known as an international ecotourist destination and one of the top places to visit in Costa Rica.
Within the Monteverde Cloud Forest more than 100 species of mammals, including 5 species of cats, are found. In addition the following flora and fauna can be found:
Among the 400 species of birds, some of the best known species are: The Quetzal, the Bird Bell, the Black Turkey Bird, the Mot-Mot, the Orange-bellied Trogon, and the Bare-neck Umbrella Bird.
Among the mammals found are the Collared Wild Pig, the Small Deer, the Margay, the Spider and Howler Monkey, the Coatimundi, the Kinkajou, the Olingo, the Agouti and the Paca, the Two-toed Sloth, the Armadillo and the Weasel.
This is a brief background of Monteverde of Costa Rica
Monteverde is located along the continental divide in north central Costa Rica. Famous for its rich biodiversity and cloud forest, Monteverde is a popular location for both biologists and tourists. You may have heard of the disappearance of the golden toad that was once found in the forests, or the Resplendent Quetzal (Pharomachrus mocinno), which still nests here.
At approximately 1500 meters above sea level, the climate is cooler compared to the lowlands of Costa Rica. There are two seasons in this part of the world; the rainy season and the dry season. There names say it all. The rainy season is from May to the end of October. The climate, like the flora and fauna, is very diverse in Costa Rica and depends on many factors such as solar radiation and the complex topographical relief of the land. Then there exists the phenomenon known as El Niño to further complicate things. With such a complicated climate, meteorology is not a fine art in Costa Rica. Suffice to say that in the rainy season it rains about 100 inches and in the dry season (particularly Jan – Apr) there is practically no rain at all.
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