Monteverde Hiking Adventure Day 1
Your guide will meet up with you at your hotel this morning and then it's time to head out on foot into the cloud forest for day 1 of this 2 night/3day trek. This is a challenging hike and you must be confident of completing up to 8 hours of hiking each day, occasionally in hot and humid conditions and across rough terrain. Please bear in mind that conditions at both refuges are very basic. Blankets are not provided at Eladios and Pocosol Refuge. You will be required to carry a sleeping bag and have a good backpack to carry your gear. This must include a plastic water bottle, personal water filter to refill your water bottle (recommended, but not essential), good rain poncho, warm clothes (layered, polypropylene) to keep warm in damp and cold mountains, sunscreen and insect repellent, cotton shirts - long and short sleeved, parka, lightweight trousers (jeans are not recommended - too slow to dry), short hiking socks (plan on getting your feet wet on a daily basis, be sure to bring spare pairs of socks), hats with visor for rain and sun protection, flashlight with spare batteries, binoculars, footwear - lightweight hiking boots with traction and ankle support (be sure to break in your footwear before the trip), walking sticks(recommended).
Luggage not required on the trek may be left with our agents and returned to you when you're collected at the end of the trek. Snacks will be provided throughout the day and breakfast and dinner will be cooked for you by your guide.
Today's 6 hour hike will take you through the cloud forest to the Eladios Biological Station right in the heart of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Monteverde is acclaimed for one of the most important and extensive reserves in Central America. It contains habitats on both the Atlantic and the Pacific slope that include eight different ecological zones. Wind-battered elfin woods on exposed ridges are spectacularly dwarfed, whereas more protected areas have majestically tall trees festooned with orchids, bromeliads, ferns and vines. If you are still in good shape at the end of today´s trek, your guide takes you on an exciting night tour to track mammals such as pecaris, ocelots and pumas after dinner.
You will be staying at Eladios Refuge