Monteverde Costa Rica Blog

Monteverde is a small, windy town high in the Costa Rican “cloud forest”. It is essentially a tourist town, hub for hiking, mountain biking, horse riding and extreme sports.

Parts of the town are typically Costa Rican, with makeshift store fronts and dogs roaming the streets.

But the centre has developed a decidedly hipster vibe, with a number of good restaurants and even something of a coffee culture. Cafe de Montverde will serve you just about the best cappuccino you’ll find outside did Melbourne.

Something I’ve also discovered about Costa Rica is that they are cake masters. And Cafe Orchid in MV has a mouthwatering selection of cheesecakes.

Selvatura Adventure Park is just 10 minutes from town and boasts the longest zipline in Central America at 1.5km. It’s an unforgettable experience, soaring over the rain forest canopy like a bird, and not being able to see where you started from or where you’ll finish.

Another popular activity is the night jungle walk, led by an experienced guide who will point out many of Costa Rica’s exotic wildlife. We were lucky enough to see a mother sloth (sleeping) and her more active baby high in the canopy. Our guide spotted many other creatures we would never have found on own.

Costa Rican red eyed frog

Scorpion under blue light

I’m Brett

Hi, I’m Brett and I’m the owner of this blog. 

I’ve been travelling since I was 20, visited more than 40 countries, written travel articles for magazines and newspapers, and love to talk about and hear about peoples travels. 

There is so much to explore in travel, and the journeys are just as important as the destinations. I’ll be giving tips on airlines, frequent flyer benefits, hotels, restaurants, museums, tours, shows – and just about anything that happens on my travels. 

And because my family love to travel just as much as I do, you might also be hearing from my partner Stef, and my daughters Dana and Lucy 

Gay Pride March, New York 2015 with my daughters

Here are some of my travel stats:

First Overseas Trip
Trekking in the Himalayas 1985 
Favourite Airline
Top 5 Travel Experiences 
Holding hands with a wild mountain gorilla in Rwanda 
Standing on the summit of Kilimanjaro 
Proposing to my boyfriend under the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center New York 
Descending into the magma chamber of a dormant volcano in Iceland 
Taking my 3 kids to Disneyland (happiest place on earth!) 
Top 5 Favourite Cities 
London, New York, Kathmandu, Santiago, Havana 
Top 5 Favourite Countries 
England, USA, Nepal, Iceland, Italy
Top 5 Places I Want to Go 
Madagascar, Zanzibar, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Costa Rica 
Top 5 Places I Want to Go Back To 
India, Chile, Maldives, Iceland, Morocco 

Countries Visited:

  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Cuba
  • Denmark
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Iceland
  • India
  • Italy
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Kenya
  • Lichtenstein
  • Luxembourg
  • Malaysia
  • Maldives
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Nepal
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Russia
  • Rwanda
  • Scotland
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
  • USA
  • Wales
  • Zaire