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People riding in Monteverde Costa Rica with Sabine's Smiling horses:

bicycle adventure Costa Rica by Peter

Steffi - riding guest with horse stable in Germany                 

Guide book recommendation:

New Key to Costa Rica 2008's-Smiling-Horses.html  Sunset and moonlight tours, and tours to waterfalls. Sabine carefully selects horses for children to ride, and kids will enjoy her farm, with ponies, ducks, rabbits, and guinea pigs. Horselovers can volunteer at the farm. Sabine has a nice vacation house for rent.

Lonely Planet 2008: indication of address at the farm and not in town:

Lonely Planet Costa Rica 2008 recommendation online out of the guide book:,M1

TICO TIMES recommended day trips

US Today 25th of April 2010

Clinics held in Monteverde Costa Rica:

horse hoof clinic Monteverde Costa Rica with Michael

horseman ship clinic Monteverde Costa Rica with Frank

Guide books and internet recommendations: o  - Casa Bambu Costa Rican Rainforest Beach House. Beach front house in pristine Costa Rican rainforest on the Osa Peninsula

Rural community tours (one day and three days/two nights) to visit artisans and farmers and learn about their lives and their work. We also lead a half day socioeconomic tour.


Travel info Costa Rica and horseback riding online:  Sleeping With the Toucans is a new book with detailed, experiential reviews of our favorite 100 small hotels, eco-lodges, and B&Bs in Costa Rica. The web page provides some additional information not in the book, including descriptions and pointers to a larger number of services and environmental and community development organizations. is one of the most important web site for Germans interested in a door way to Central America's nature habitats.

Travel Excellence an established Tour operator in Costa Rica with high end quality:

Vacation Aid - a Valuable Vacation Directory and Information Resource.

Horses HQ at a Valuable Horse Directory and Information Resource. Directory

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Travel reports Costa Rica:

Language schools and Monteverde Cultural Center:

get yourself started living and participating in Monteverde's cultural center at  Monteverde Institute, tutor of the famous music festival

  Learn Spanish look up

Schools for children and Volunteer work in Monteverde:  Monteverde Friend School Monteverde Cloud Forest school

Maps of Monteverde and Costa Rica:

Hotels in Monteverde direct booking!!! Benefit goes directly to the owners.  - living in the treetops in Monteverde -   first vacation home rental in MONTEVERDE in the Cloud Forest  Hotel Finca Valverde in Monteverde is one of the nicest places I know of in the village and still hidden form the business in town. Nice cabins, trails and look-out points. the very nice owners make sure you are very welcome and warmly hosted. get more Information about Costa Rica

Real Estate in Costa Rica:

looking for a new home in Costa Rica? Here is the answer:

International tourism link recommendation:

I have been personally rafting with him on Karnali river for 10 days in 1994 go and visit his website at:

horseback riding stable recommendation:

2 brothers have been riding with us. They have experience not only in Australia, but also in California in big riding stables. We highly recommend them if you ever go to Australia.

other useful horse sites:

Horse Racing Australian Horse racing tips, selections and information 
service for Australian and International punters.

equine health information sources:

therapeutic riding:

since 1999 Gallastar Equine Center visit online at  For more information contact or Gallastar Equine Center, Route 2, Box 264, Afton, Virginia 22920

in Malvern, Pennsylvania

trail rides around the world:

Pebble Beach Equestrian Center, Portola Road & Alva Lane, PO Box 1498, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
Ph 831-624-2756 or fax 831-624-3999 or online at

horse pictures online:


Volunteering with horses:

Costa Rica weather and most recent Monteverde weather, satellite view and forecast

FACTS about the Monteverde Cloud forest

Mean temperature : 16-18 C (61-64 F) Annual rainfall : 3,000 mm (118 inches) Dry Season: December to March. 225 km northwest. of San Jose, 3h30 by 4x4, 4h30 by car, 5h by bus. Population of Monteverde: 250. Population of Santa Elena: 6,500. Altitude, village Santa Elena: 1,250 meters or 4,100 feet, highest trails: 1,800 meters or 5,900 feet.

Because we are near the equator the sunrise is roughly at 5h30 am & sunset is at 5h30 pm all year long. See our Costa Rica Sunrise Sunset Time Table or this educational page about why season changes (opens in a new window).

How to get to Monteverde

By car, see northwest Costa Rica region map. By bus (See Northwest map to follow, keep an eye on your luggage):

From San José
You can take a bus at 6:30 AM or at 2:30 PM. You can ask for the old Puntarenas bus stop, at Calle 14, avenida 11 y 9 . The morning bus pass by Lagartos at about 9 h AM arriving in Monteverde at 11h AM. The afternoon bus pass by Lagartos at 5h PM arriving at 7h PM, later in wet season.

From Puntarenas
There are 2 buses: one at 1:00 PM (via Las Juntas) and one at 2:00 PM (direct). The 1:00 PM bus pass by La Irma, and the 2:00 PM bus pass by Lagartos at 3h PM both arriving in the village at 5:00 PM.

From Guanacaste
There are buses from Nicoya, Santa Cruz, Tamarindo, Flamingo, Playas del Coco, the Nicaragua Border and Liberia. Taking one of these buses, you can go to Lagartos and La Irma and hop on one of the Monteverde buses. See above, San Jose.

From Tilarán
The bus leaves Tilarán for Monteverde at 1 PM, arriving at 3.30 PM approximately, later in wet season. Don't eat a big meal before, it's a bumpy ride.

From Southern Pacific beaches: Ballena National park, Uvita, Dominical, Matapalo, Quepos, Manuel Antonio, Jaco, Herradura, go to Puntarenas.

To learn more about Monteverde

Live Quetzal cam in the Monteverde Costa Rica Cloud Forest Reserve!

Live Colibri (humming bird in Spanish) can in the Monteverde Preserve.

See more than 80 spectacular photos & short descriptive texts about the Cloud Forest wildlife found in the Monteverde Costa Rica Preserve on the website of Cloud Forest Alive managed by the Tropical Science Center: the not for profit organization managing the Preserve.

BBC's web page about climate change & endangered species in Monteverde Costa Rica The Monteverde Conservation League - a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of the tropical forest. The Monteverde Institute - a non-profit educational association by Monteverde residents, the MVI blends international study and research with educational and cultural opportunities for local Monteverde communities.

Friends of Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve - a U.S. based non-profit organization dedicated to preserve the biodiversity of the
Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve.

Monteverde Costa Rica Cloud Forest research data base Over 125 ecologists, agriculturists, and educators have contributed to the natural history and ecology of the area. Our objectives are to bring together the extensive body of knowledge that researchers and natural historians have gathered; to point up connections, to identify areas for future research. Extensive bibliography related to Monteverde.

Monteverde Natural History - Plants & butterflies of Monteverde: Identification and Other Resources by William A. Haber.

Monteverde Costa Rica type of Rain Forest Types of Rain Forests: a tool for young students, and naturalists, informatory and educational .

Monteverde Friends School - bilingual (Spanish and English) school serving preschool through high school students in small, multi-age classes. Founded 50 years ago by the original Quaker settlers who left the United States for Monteverde Costa Rica. Now primarily serves local Costa Rican children as well as children of North American parents, this non-profit school is looking for volunteers & contributions. Creative Learning Center. Elementary non-profit school in Monteverde Foundation for permanent preservation of land and natural resources, including Costa Rica and other Latin American countries.

Monteverde Costa Rica Priory Travel Guide Stuart M Melvin's Independent travel guide & photos. Nice photos of Monteverde, Costa Rica, Argentina, Galapagos, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, etc.!

Beautiful photos of birds of Costa Rica. Stunning!

Costa Rica's Hot Spots for birders. Lots of links to great photo sites. Habitat for Humanity - Monteverde chapter. A non-profit volunteer organization building houses for low-income families in Costa Rica Montana Coffee Traders - if you live in USA and would like to buy online fair trade Monteverde's cooperative coffee. if you live in USA and would like to buy online fairtrade Monteverde's cooperative coffee. photos of Costa Rica, and travelogue of Guido Gevels A personal travel report about Costa Rica, with some nice photos, and informative comments. Nice photos of Costa Rica, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Thailand, etc. An interesting website about a one-year trip through Central- and South America, with travel notes and lots of photos.

Costa Rica general info

ATM automatic teller machine locator: (note: Visa is the most accepted card in Costa Rica by far because of the high commission rate charged to merchants by MasterCard & American Express. Traveler's check in US$ and US cash are accepted everywhere.)

Locator of ATM in Costa Rica accepting MasterCard, Maestro, and Cirrus. Select Costa Rica under "choose a country":

Visa & Plus ATM locator for Central America & Costa Rica. Select Costa Rica under "choose a country":

ATM of Costa Rica by region:

Banco de Costa Rica:

Banco Nacional:

Airlines of Costa Rica:
Sansa Airlines or Costa Rica internal flights Domestic Airline
Travelair - - Costa Rica's most reliable and efficient domestic airline. Schedules

Lacsa/Costa Rica Airlines - now part of Taca.
Taca Airlines Regional flights in Central America -
ACC Aero Costa Rica: -11-99 no longer in business

La Nacion Costa Rica's national news paper (English weekly summary version also on this site).

The Tico Times Costa Rican newspaper, in English The CIA's Costa Rica Factbook page. links to the websites of Costa Rica's government as well as the site of the President, including ministries, Independent Institutions and State Banks. Brandt's Palm & Tropical / Subtropical Tree Page, photos taken during his Costa Rica trip. Costa Rica Surf Site Matapalo Educational & Ecological Foundation. Ecotourism, Youth Camps. Self-improvement for children Samara Beach, a hidden tropical paradise on the Pacific coast .... Costa Rica In-focus - Easy access to information about products and services in Costa Rica. Newsletter, property, investment catalogues, services for visitors, retirees & investors. Includes nice message board Travelogue of Costa Rica, and nice photos. Good general info on Costa Rica. Lots of links. Experience ecological projects, tourist destinations, how people live, work and play in this tropical paradise. See the rain forest through the eyes of a wild bird, the Rain Forest Aerial Tram. National Parks of Costa Rica. Missing private non-profit reserves, like Monteverde. Search engine and links to Costa Rican sites

Central America: Backpacking & budget travel guide for Honduras. Maya pyramid ruins of Tikal and Copan photos & many other places. Visitors Guide to Roatan in the Bay Islands of Honduras Nice pictures & research center about Primates in Panama Guatemala Travel Planning Specialist Web Info and links about Guatemala Eco Travels in Latin America - Virtual library for those interested in eco-tourism in the Americas. Tropical Ecosystems: Coral Reefs, Rainforests & a Potpourri of weather, Earth Science, etc.

Other sites of interest: Extensive web resources and info, dedicated to sustainability and the ecological future of our planet. World Travel Link, official Internet travel sites directory A neat site, everything you want to know about tarantulas! Forest, Rainforest & Biodiversity Conservation Internet Resources site which is very unique in allowing you to search the Internet for the best ecological resources. Orchids of France Provence, and Mediterranean Orchids. Environmental Organization WebDirectory Alaska Rain Forest Campaign South American Explorers, an information web for travelers (non-profit). 

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