El Establo Mountain Hotel, Costa Rica Resort and Area Activities
Why choose Monteverde and El Establo Mountain Hotel?
The Monteverde Cloudforest Preserve crosses the Tilaran Mountain Range, which is part of the Continental Divide. This area is known as Monteverde which translates to “Green Mountain” and that is exactly what you will find as you drive up a long and steep gravel road that winds up the mountain from the Panamerican Highway (for most people, originating in San Jose).
The Monteverde Cloudforest Reserve is a 12,300 acre wildlife sanctuary and home to dense jungle providing shelter to numerous species of animals, reptiles, birds and insects and is spectacular.
The Monteverde Cloudforest Preserve is one of the most developed and best maintained attractions in Costa Rica. Whether you choose to hike and explore on your own or hire a guide or arrange a scheduled tour, you will not be disappointed in feeling immersed in a largely untouched forest home to an amazing number of birds, animals, snakes, butterflies, exotic ferns, orchids, bromeliads and lush tropical foliage. Because many of the animals are rare and elusive, a guide who knows where to look and what to look for is really valuable if you want to see the snakes, monkeys, sloths, toads, quetzal, toucans, etc that are all around you in the jungle. Guides are a wealth of knowledge of the country and area and are well worth hiring.
The park is open daily from 7 am to 4 pm. Night tours are also available beginning at 6:15 pm for a unique perspective of the jungle at night.
A note or reminder about the weather in Monteverde. While you may experience hot weather in the central or Arenal area, the climate in Monteverde is always cooler, windier and wetter than many other areas especially from August through November. Be prepared with an extra layer of warm clothes and a layer that is waterproof as well as good hiking shoes for hiking the area.
El Establo Mountain Hotel On-site Activities:
· Private canopy tour with 16 cables
· 150 ft. tower with 360 degree views
· 2 Rope bridges
· 1 Tarzan swing
· 1 Loose rope
· 2 Pools – one indoor and one outdoor – both solar heated
· Outdoor Jacuzzi
· Fitness center
· Basketball court
· Soccer court
El Establo Hotel Tree Top Canopy Tour
The on-site canopy tour features 16 cables from 50 feet to 1350 feet in length with a 150 ft high tower with amazing panoramic 360 degree view of the surrounding area – the Monteverde Cloud Forest and the Pacific. The tower tour takes approximately 2 ½ hours. Optional additional adventure items are: Tarzan Swing, a rappel, a tight rope and two swinging bridges. Walking trails are provided between these activities with a relatively short walk. El Establo offers free transportation on it’s grounds.
Tree Top Canopy Tour cost: $40.00 per adult (subject to change)
Monteverde Area Activities:
· Selvatura Canopy Tour and Walkways – Selvatura Park is an 850 acre protected conservation area with one of the best tours in the area including zip line canopy tours, suspension bridges, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, serpentario and more!
· Monteverde Coffee Tour – tour a local fair trade Monteverde coffee farm
· Monteverde Mountain Bike Tour
· Bat Jungle
· Horseback Riding Tour
· Hidden Valley Night Tour
· Orchid Garden
· El Trapiche Tour – a peek at traditional harvesting and processing of coffee and sugar cane.
El Establo’s Green Leaf Spa offers massages, wraps, exfoliations, therapeutic baths, manicures, pedicures, hair styling services and more.