Monteverde is a small town, capital of the district of the same name, number 9 of Puntarenas, northwest of Costa Rica.
It is located on the western slopes of the Cordillera de Tilarán, approximately three-hour drive from the Central Valley of Costa Rica.
Monteverde is considered an important ecotourism destination in Costa Rica. The area is perhaps best known for the Monteverde Biological Reserve and many other private reserves, which attract a large number of tourists and naturalists interested in the mountains and tropical biodiversity.
Newsweek 100 places to remember before they disappear, Monteverde appears as # 14 America. It has also been considered one of the Seven Wonders of Costa Rica by popular vote, and has been called by the National Geographic “the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves.”
The population of Monteverde is between 250-750 people, usually bilingual (English-Spanish). Neighboring most developed is Santa Elena, which has about 6,500 permanent residents.