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What to do

Monteverde Extremo
Canopy tour

Zip-line through the cloud forest, including a “Superman” line that allows you to fly through breathtaking scenery. Or do the Extremo “Tarzan” swing. Free transportation from your lodge and back. Canopy tour with “Superman” zip line $45, add $35 for the “Tarzan Extremo” swing.

Sabine’s Smiling Horses


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Ride backcountry trails with grand vistas of the cloud forest, waterfalls, and more Monteverde scenery. The proprieter’s husband grows his own coffee, and if you ask, he might provide you with a custom roast. Three-hour tour $50.

Where to stay

La Colina Lodge

A cozy hideaway from the bustle of Santa Elena, the Monteverde area’s tourist hub. Private rooms have their own bathrooms. The innkeeper is chatty and very helpful with arranging excursions. Breakfast is included. Room with a private bath runs $38 Sept.-Nov. $45 Dec.-Aug.

Where to eat

Chimera Latin Infused Tapas

Tasty and creative menu: Coconut shrimp lollipops, sea bass with a passion fruit-infused cream sauce, and hearts-of-palm salad. Mixed drinks have a tropical twist: kiwi caipirinhas, passion fruit mojitos. Tapas $4-$8.