One of the most popular natural tourist spots in Costa Rica is the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a biological preserve that is home to a variety of plants and animal life including jaguars, ocelots, Baird’s tapirs, and birds. Visitors are able to experience tropical rainforest, swamplands, and waterfalls, all while taking self-guided or guided hikes and tours of the area.
For those visitors who want to spend as much time in or near the Reserve as possible, there are accommodations less than a mile away at the Trapp Family Lodge.
The Trapp Family Lodge has over 20 guest rooms and suites, each with a private bathroom, two queen size beds, cable television, a hairdryer, a telephone, and a private balcony overlooking the forest. Some have a view specifically of the Monteverde Reserve, while others look out into areas of the tropical rainforest. Suites may include a mini fridge, microwave, and safe deposit box. Both the suites and the rooms are designed to fit groups of up to four people comfortably.
Wishing to blend in and be as organic to the surrounding natural beauty as possible, the Lodge was built in a rustic style with large windows and wooden accents. Rooms have wood or wicker furniture, and plants grow up and around trails, parking areas, and the main buildings.
Besides its nearby proximity to the Reserve, the Trapp Family Lodge aims to be entertaining on its own. They have multiple gardens on site for visitors to stroll through, including an orchid garden, a butterfly garden, and a frog pond. They also offer guided tours, walking tours to the Reserve, and canopy tours. Visitors who want a little more activity in their day can sign up for horseback riding or early morning bird watching adventures.
There are no restaurants located close to the Monteverde Cloud Reserve, but guests staying at the Trapp Family Lodge don’t have to worry about this as there is a family-style restaurant at the hotel. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all for a set amount each meal that can be added on to the cost of the room.
Visitors who need supplies or who wish to see more of the area can travel about four miles to visit Santa Elena Town, founded in the 1950s by Quakers and the closest township to the Reserve and the hotel. While they may not have giant shopping plazas, Santa Elena does have a general store, souvenir shop, and health clinic. They also have amazing views of the surrounding forest and are famous in the region for their cheese.