Sustainable luxury, it’s possible in Monteverde. This area is world-famous for its unique cloud forest reserve and is also home to the beautiful quetzal. The area is popular for hiking and the amazing zipline of Monteverde! Fly through the treetops and explore the area from a whole different perspective! Keep in mind that you’re staying in the mountains (1400 m above sea level) and the evenings can be fresh.
The town and community of Monteverde were founded in 1951 by the Quakers, a Protestant religious group from Alabama (USA). They started breeding dairy cows and make Costa Rica’s best cheese under the name Monteverde cheese. The Quakers have been great champions of nature conservation in Monteverde and nowadays, the community strives to be the most sustainable in Costa Rica.
Experience outstanding service and comfort. This while at the same time you eat self-grown organic vegetables from their own garden. By staying here, you have your carbon footprint decreased. Hotel Belmar operates completely carbon-neutral and therefore a Green Circle Member hotel.
The Austrian Chalet-style buildings provide a spectacular view from the mountain tops of Monteverde down to the Nicoya Peninsula. With a perfect eye for detail, Hotel Belmar offers top-quality vacationing in the cloud forest of Costa Rica.
Hotel Belmar has been working on becoming sustainable long before many others. Since they opened in 1982 they strive to operate in balance with nature and the Monteverde community.
Most hotel employees are Monteverde residents, and they are closely bound to the community. They frequently donate to projects in the area, either with money or by lending out a helping hand. For example, they help with river cleanups, and health programs at the local clinic.
They also helped to found the Friends School Kindergarten where 125 pupils receive bilingual education.
The hotel itself operates carbon-neutral and produce for the meals comes from their own biologic garden or other local producers.
The cloud forest of Monteverde can be explored in various ways. You can enter the reserve on foot and go on a (guided) hike. You can also try the band experience the forest from beyond. The views are breathtaking, and it is a perfect way to spot all kinds of animals. If you have more guts, book a canopy tour at the world-famous zipline of Monteverde! The best place for the daredevils who are ready for some adrenaline!
Another great way to experience the cloud forest is to go on a twilight walk. In small groups (up to 10 people) you will go on a hike with an experienced guide who will show you what is going on in the rainforest after dark. If you’re lucky you’ll spot snakes and perhaps a porcupine!
Monteverde: The road from Las Juntas was occasionally challenging because it was not always well-paved. The town of Santa Elena is pleasantly busy with many cafés and restaurants. We also visited the Monteverde National Park, made a long walk and spotted many birds and an agouti! We also took a look at the unique dairy factory.
It’s a beautiful ride to Monteverde! Also, our tip for a tasty lunch: Taco Taco, a little bit of hippie place and they make delicious tacos and cocktails.
The zipline experience was fantastic and the hanging bridges are beautiful. We really were impressed by the beauty of the region.
We stayed at Hotel Belmar in Montverde, there is so much to say for this hotel. The beds are super comfy and the meals are delicious. Oh, and they have their own beers!!