Attraction in Monteverde

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve

The Monteverde Reserve is preceded by 45 years of experiences and a model of conservation proved in the field for decades.
The visionary eyes that proposed the need to generate an initiative for the conservation of a portion of the cloud forest in Monteverde were those of Dr. Leslie Holdridge and Dr. Joseph Tosi, that visited the area in 1968. However, the hands that made this proposal a reality were those of the resident ornithologist George Powell
(scientist that resided in Monteverde) and the Quaker community in the area, represented specially by Wilford “Wolf” Guindon.

In 1972, Powell acquired a donation of 328 hectares from the Guacimal Land Company to dedicate to its conservation in the hands of the Tropical Science Center. This was the beginning of the Reserve that would mark the way to follow for sustainable tourism in the Monteverde area and in the country.

By 1975 the Monteverde Reserve began to receive visitors, registering some 471 per year; thanks to the effort and mystique of the various generations in the Monteverde community and the efforts that hundreds of workers of the Tropical Science Center invested during these 45 years, actually the Monteverde Reserve reports more than 90,000 visitors that come to Costa Ricato live an experience of sustainable tourism and private nature conservation.


The Tropical Science Center (TSC) is the first non-governmental organization dedicated to environmental conservation founded in Costa Rica. It was established in 1962 and later declared of public interest.
It has been a pioneer organization and leader in the efforts of conservation, biological inter-connectivity, tourism and sustainable development in the country. Currently, it has its own
Network of Private Reserves and takes action in several biological corridors.

It carries out its own projects and consultancies for sustainable development initiatives on national and international levels, has led more than 300 consultancies for State institutions, private institutions and organizations for international cooperation on capacity and use of soil, classification of life zones, environmental impact, rural development, regulation plans, carbon sequestration studies and climate change, forestry certification, management of hydro-graphic watersheds, archaeological diagnostics, cartographic surveys, biological and forestry inventories, disaster prevention and environmental economy and policy. These projects are developed under a methodology that boosts models of adequacy in human practise of integral social sustainable development.

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