When you stay at Monteverde Lodge, be sure to plan on spending some time in the gardens.
The mission 15 years ago when the project began was to bring the Cloud Forest and it's creatures to our doorstep. We are happy to say that we have succeeded.
The gardens have some truly special plants such as Tree Ferns, Imperial Bromeliads and Anthuriums. There are also many species of orchids, white and purple Agapanthus, Hydrangeas and much more.
Starting at the back terrace, a stream meanders to a pond where there is a wooden deck often enjoyed by guests for garden breakfasts, picnic lunches and romantic dinners by candlelight.
As you continue to explore you will find the amphitheatre and further down the trail the lookout point, a great location to sit and take in the beauty of the Cloud Forest or star gaze at night.
When we started the gardens so many years ago, we rarely saw mammals on the grounds, but today it's common to see the White- faced Capuchin monkey, Agouti and White-nose Coati. On the Night Tour guests often see the Mexican Prehensile-tailed Porcupine and the Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth.
Birds love the grounds surrounding Monteverde Lodge; it's not uncommon for the Three-Wattled Bellbird, Masked Tityra or the Emerald Toucanet to be within view. The song of the Rufous-and-White Wren constantly puts music to your walk in the gardens.
Our Head Gardener
Elkin Vega Lopez
Elkin was born in Cañas, but raised in the town of San Rafael, 40 minutes from Monteverde. His parents have a coffee and cattle farm, Elkin says he's worked that land since the day he was born.
After 7 years as Head Gardener, Elkin says that he loves everything he does, in his words, "I work in peace".
His favorite plants are the Imperial bromeliads; there are 10 of these 60 pound bromeliads which are more or less 10 years old. Last year 3 flowered which gave him a mixture of sadness and satisfaction because when they flower they die. He takes special care of the 10 remaining bromeliads but he also dotes on every other species that grows in these 15 year old gardens.
Elkin has fond memories of many guests that he has spent time with, but he has a special feeling when he remembers taking a man that was ill and in a wheel chair to the Monteverde Reserve. Elkin pushed the wheel chair on the trail so that our guest could experience the Cloud Forest. Elkin says he will never forget the smile on the man's face and his joy at experiencing the Cloud Forest.
His message to people considering a visit to Monteverde Lodge & Gardens: "All of us at Monteverde Lodge will do our best to make your stay ideal. When you visit us, be sure to spend some time in the gardens, there are many birds and animals that make it their home and are with us almost every day."