The Cloud Forests of Monteverde

By Paige, Nicaragua, August 2012

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Beckoning cool, misty and green above the humid tropical rainforests and hot, dry savannahs of the Costa Rican lowlands, beautiful Monteverde sits atop Central America’s high-altitude continental divide. The region was sparsely populated until the 1950s, when a group of Quakers arrived here from Alabama, after having been imprisoned for refusing (on religious grounds) to fight in the Korean War.

They came to this famously peaceful country in search of a quiet spot to start a dairy, which today produces several cheeses, ice creams and other products available all over Costa Rica. Their efforts to preserve a watershed above their farms eventually turned into the region’s most important natural attraction, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Costa Rica Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Costa Rica.

Photo courtesy of Ardyiii via Flickr.

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