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One of the most famous nature reserves in Costa Rica was founded by a dairy community of Quakers and Costa Ricans about 40 years ago, and even today the excellent cheeses of Monteverde are still made there. The Tropical Science Center now administers the cloud foresr reserve, which is riot of geenery and home to many rare species of plants and animals.

A walk through the forest gives visitors a deep appreciation of nature's delicate and astonishing balancing act. Many lodges, hotels, and cabinas in the area offer basic to excellent accommodations and meals.

Horseback riding is aviable, and excurtions to El Trapiche, a small old-fashioned sugar processing operation, the Santa Elena Rain Forest Reserve, the Reserva Sendero Tranquilo, the Monteverde Conservation League's Bajo del Tigre Trail, and the Monteverde Buttelrfly Garden should be included in any visit to the area. CASEM, a women's cooperative, offers incredibly designed and beautifully made handicrafts.

Buses goto Monteverde from San José travel agencies offer tours, or you can drive. It's about a four hour drive - follow the Inter-American Wighway beyond Puntarenas, and watch for the signs - the last 35 km. Area rough and tumble road up the mountain.


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