Monteverde is home to the crème de la crème of zip lining. There are multiple companies you can choose from, each will collect you from your accommodation, take you to their centre and drop you back off again when done. They offer rental of cameras, but we had our own Go Pro and they kindly provided us with a helmet that had the camera bracket on the top. As well as zip lining, most companies will have other activities such as a suspension bridges walk that will take you into the cloud forest and across the vast valleys. Other attractions include bird and butterfly gardens, frog ponds, and one even runs a cable car.
Another thing to consider in Monteverde is the Guided Night Walk. As the name suggests, a local guide will take you into the forest, and whilst nothing is ever guaranteed, you should be able to see a whole host of animals. We were lucky enough to spot a sloth with a baby clasping onto its tummy. The mother had come down from the branches to go to the toilet, a once a week event for sloths, so we did feel lucky. The guides were great and ensured that we switched our flash lights off to give her them privacy once at ground level, and ensured no one got too close, or too loud around sleeping animals. In addition to the sloths, we were treated to tropical frogs, all kinds of sleeping tropic birds, tarantulas and even some scorpions which glowed fluorescent green under a black light – I had no idea! Like the zip lining, the company will collect you from your accommodation in a mini bus as part of the cost of the tour.
There is also the Don Juan coffee plantation where you can have a guided tour of parts of the farm, as well as educating you on the history and process behind making coffee. Like just about everything else in this area, you will be collected from your hotel as part of the tour cost.
The town of Santa Elena is sleepy. You can eat or drink at the Treehouse, a building constructed around a ficus tree, but my personal recommendation would be for Taco Taco. It’s a ‘fast food’ stall next to the Pension Santa Elena. The word ‘fast’ in fast food should be used loosely, but in my opinion was well worth waiting for. The tacos were only $1 each and are jam packed full of yummy goodness. Even though it’s a stall, they insisted that we sat at a table in the communal area of the attached pension were we had plates and cutlery to eat with.