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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Monteverde Lodge & Gardens Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Arrival Departure Adults/Room Children (*)
Recommended Stay 2-4 Nights
(*) 10 year olds and younger sharing room with parents.
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Meet Your Hosts

Meet Your Naturalist Guides

Born and raised in Monteverde, the Lodge guides are part of Monteverde's history, they are descendants of the original Costa Rican settlers of this mountain range and they spend each day exploring the forests of the region. They will insure that you see the "hidden Monteverde" because they all live here, study it, know it so well and are totally dedicated to your experience of a lifetime.

Watch the clouds rolling over the Continental Divide and learn about the dwarf forests that you will see in this region, observe a new bird in the spotting scope, get a good look at its eye ring and chest feathers, stand back and listen carefully as your guide calls your bird out of the forest imitating his call, feel the thrill when it finally perches on a branch singing that special melody.

Carlos and Donald know which birds and animals are being seen at each of the Reserves and on a daily basis they will recommend the best places to explore for daytime and nighttime hikes in the Cloud Forests of Monteverde.

Your time in Monteverde would not be fully experienced without a guided experience. Private and shared (no more than 9 guests) experiences are available.

Ródiber Martínez

Rodiber, the second of seven siblings, in a family of farmers, was born in 1987 in the cattle ranch area of ​​Guanacaste. When Rodiber was 8 years old his family moved to the region of Sarapiquí in the province of Heredia, an area of ​​lush tropical forests, with abundant wildlife, where young Rodiber developed his fascination and interest in Nature and its biodiversity.

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"…One of the highlights of this place is the fact that you have access to the guides that work for the lodge. We had Rodiber, and what a remarkable kid friendly naturalist guide! Our kids got to spot quetzals learn so much from him, in a very patient easy-going style. Can't say enough good things about him and the service…"
May-3, 2018
"…We thoroughly enjoyed our private Cloud Forest tour with Rodiber who was full of knowledge and tried so hard - and yes he found a female Quetzal for us! Hope we can return one day!…"
Jan-24, 2018
"…Our guide Rodiber Martinez was absolutely fantastic. We had two private tours (monteverde reserve and curi cancha) and a shared tour (el Refugio night tour) with him, all of which exceeded our (very high!) expectations. His knowledge and passion for wildlife (particularly birds) was second to none and his warm and friendly manner was a joy to be around. He made a huge effort to find us as much wildlife as he could, delighting us with a wonderful quetzal sighting and staying beyond our official time when we found some fantastic birds in curi cancha. He even sat down with us after the tour to make a list of all the animals we saw. His friendly nature extended to everyone we met on our trips, helping other tourists catch a glimpse of the quetzal when they were struggling to see what all the fuss was about and informing other guides of his sightings. On the night tour, he found a palm pit viper (amazing to see) and ensured we could all watch it in a safe way. He was very careful to check if anyone in the group had phobias before we began and made you feel in very safe and competent hands. If hotel management are reading this- be sure to pass on our thanks once again!…"
Jan-9, 2018

Carlos Vazquez

Carlos was born in the city of Quepos, on the central Pacific coast of Costa Rica. His love for the outdoors was transmitted to him by his parents. Some of his earliest childhood memories are looking for crabs and shrimp in the Mangrove forests of Quepos and then at home, his mother's delicious soup.

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"…I've saved my personal favorite for last: Carlos "Charlie" called out "Hola, Abril!" to me each time he saw me, with a big smile. :) He was our guide both for our introductory walk through the lodge gardens and also on a night hike. He asked us what we wanted to see, and then made sure to show us a colorful rainbow-billed toucan and a three-toed sloth, as well as a green pit viper, grey fox, and a toucanet. Thank you so much, Carlos, and all of the staff of Monteverde Lodge & Gardens, for helping us enjoy our time there! …"
April Y, April 30/2016
"…We went for exploring wildlife with Carlos our guide in the preserves and found him to be knowledgeable, personable and an awesome emissary for the Costa Rica…"
Bill G, Feb. 26/2016
"…We did a couple of trips to Santa Elena and Monteverde National Parks where we saw and orange bellied trogon and the rare resplendent quetzal! our guide was Carlos and he was excellent at spotting birds and creatures in the forest and making sure we saw them too!…"
Jenny W, Feb. 08/2016

Donald Loria

For Donald, being a naturalist guide offered the perfect career to a student spending his university years dedicated alternatively to the study of biology and English. Today he’s been guiding for seven years, and came to Monteverde Lodge at the beginning of 2015. Given what our guests are saying about his knowledge and infectious enthusiasm when out walking the cloud forest, we're feeling pretty pleased to be able to offer Donald.

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"…Donald took us on a great trek through the Monteverde Cloud Forest, where he showed us many wonderful birds including the three-waddled bellbird and the beautiful resplendent quetzal - both a male and a female! He helped us get great photos through his scope, and took a nice photo of us in front of a waterfall. …"
April Y, April 30/2016
"…The undisputed highlight was the tour arranged through the hoteI with our guide Donald, which was fantastic, including an extended view of a Resplendent Quetzal. Note: the park is probably 15 degrees cooler than the town, particularly when the clouds are in…"
world_of_buddy , April 02/2016

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Monteverde Lodge & Gardens
Lodge: 011 (+506) 2645-5057
Office: 1 (800) 672-8704

400 mtrs east (uphill) from the Frog Pond, entrance on the right hand side of the road.
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