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Top 10 Things to Do in Monteverde, Costa Rica

Who hasn't dreamed of the Pura Vida, the Pure Life, and Costa Rica? I know I did for years before I came to Costa Rica in 2016 for our transformational retreat. In 2016, I knew I would be back to Costa Rica to explore more of the beautiful country. Here I am, fulfilling those prayers and desires.

I continue to be in awe that I am spending almost three months in Costa Rica in 2021! I spent my first month at Dragonfly Hideaway in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. I just finished spending three weeks at Casa Balbi in Monteverde, Costa Rica so I thought I would put together a list of Top Things to Do in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

On my journey, many entrepreneurs helped me like My Tan Feet, Two Weeks in Costa Rica, and Visit Costa Rica. I thought I would return the favor for you and others who are thinking about visiting Monteverde, Costa Rica.

In putting together the Top 10 Things to Do in Monteverde, Costa Rica, I thought of nature, unique experiences, and favorites for foodies!.

Pura Vida!

Monteverde, Costa Rica Stays & Transportation

I arrived in Monteverde, Costa Rica on January 27, 2021 at Casa Balbi via Airbnb. I set up my stay from the start until February 15, 2021. The average tourist spends about 1-3 days in Monteverde, Costa Rica. I decided when I left Atlanta, GA the end of 2020, I wanted a slower pace of travel for safety and sanity.

I chose the Airbnb both for a solo stay as the immersion in nature looked perfect in every way. Casa Balbi has four separate tiny houses and efficiency type accommodations. Whether, you are coming for a short or long term stay, you will love it.

Larry, the owner and Diego the manager are super helpful, patient, and kind in every way. Grethen, who works on the property as well has an incredible farm and night tour I recommend. You may find their website and information via Instagram: Casa Balbi and

This is my private porch in Casa Terraza. Casa Balbi offers Casa Terraza, Forest Studio, Casita by the Stream, and Studio Apartment. Ecopark is part of the property as well and you may go for free walks daily! I went at least 4-5x. On one of my walks, I saw 5-10 monkeys alone!

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini.

For transportation, I arrived here via the jeep-boat-jeep tour for $26 from La Fortuna, Costa Rica. I loved the views on Lake Arenal! During my stay, I took taxis with Manuelito recommended by Casa Balbi to town for exploring, groceries, and eating or the tour operators picked me up and dropped me off at my Airbnb. I spent a total of about $35 on taxis the entire three weeks.

As a result, if you are more than happy staying home many days or exploring nearby on the property, I don't think having a rental here makes sense if you stay a week to a month at all.

If you are coming to Monteverde, Costa Rica for a short stay, I recommend you check out my One Day in Monteverde, Costa Rica guide too!

Top 10 in Monteverde, Costa Rica

You will find nature, wildlife, and relaxation along with foodie favorites including cloud reserves, bird watching, hanging bridges, orchid gardens, and much more!

I am sharing what I experienced, and what logistically makes sense for what is close by. This is something I keep in mind always to save time and money whether you are traveling with a car and paying for gas, or with taxi's/uber's like I am.

In putting together the Top 10 in Monteverde, Costa Rica, I considered how I would experience Monteverde, Costa Rica knowing what I know now, and to make it easy and efficient!

1 Stella's Monteverde

I learned about Stella's about a week after my stay from Larry, Casa Balbi owner. It is THE place to go for bird watching and breakfast! In less than one hour, I saw 2+ Mot Mot's, 2+ Toucansillo's and a Coati!

The place is incredibly beautiful, and super peaceful. They regularly put out fruits for the birds so it is a natural oasis. Not to mention, the breakfast is incredibly delicious and the staff super friendly and nice! They are open for lunch as well!

It is right in the center of Monteverde Downtown so perfect place to start your trip!

Stella's Monteverde

Stella's Monteverde

Stella's Monteverde

2 Children's Eternal Rainforest

I shared in my One Day Guide in Monteverde, Costa Rica how the Children's Eternal Rainforest is about 10 minutes walking distance from Stella's and CASEM (Coop Artisans Santa Elena and Monteverde).

The rainforest is beautiful and warmer with lower elevation. I love the story of how the Swedish students started raising money years ago for the rainforests, and now 44+ countries support the efforts. Proof no one is too young to make a difference.

Children's Eternal Rainforest

Children's Eternal Rainforest