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Cloud Forest Lodge

Cloud Forest Lodge

Destination: Monteverde

Cloud Forest Lodge is tucked between the folds of the Monteverde cloud forest high above Santa Elena. More than three miles of trails lead guests through 70 acres of premontane wet, tropical rainforest around Cloud Forest Lodge. Secluded from the noise of downtown Santa Elena, the lodge ingratiates guests with the sights and sounds of nature while providing daytime activities like hiking trails and the Costa Rica's Original Canopy Tour.

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Brilliant flowers color the pathways to the Cloud Forest Lodge's rustic chalets. Every chalet is divided into two rooms; each with its own private patio to take in the sights and sounds of the surrounding tropical, wet rainforest. Inside each of the 20 rooms, guests will find simple, spacious accommodations with wood paneling, high ceilings, a desk, a queen size and a single bed.


The restaurant's lodge is reminiscent of an old ski chalet; with a bar and big windows that look out toward the Pacific gulf. For lunch, the restaurant makes ham, tuna or chicken salad sandwiches with home-made wheat-bread. For dinner, the lodge uses fresh local ingredients to make the Acorn squash soup seasoned with red pepper and cilantro. The menu has a wide-ranging selection of pastas and specialty entrees like the Caribbean-style chicken; grilled, spiced and smothered in tomato sauce. Breakfast is included in the room rate.

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Costa Rica's original canopy tour shares the forest around the lodge with more than 15 cables; a Tarzan swing and a hundred-foot rappel. Four different trails take guests over creeks and through scattered dry leaves among the primary and secondary cloud forest around the private reserve encompassing Cloud Forest Lodge.

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