Drive 20 minutes to the entrance of the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve accompanied by a local Naturalist Guide. Originally just 4,000 acres, the Monteverde Reserve now includes a protected area of approximately 25,000 acres, comprising six different life zones. So many habitats in such a small area, along with extensive trail improvements, allow visitors to enjoy a rich diversity of flora and fauna with relatively short distance and easy walking. It encompasses six different ecological life zones and is home to more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. From January to July, depending upon your luck and patience, you may observe the Resplendent Quetzal. Other species include the Three-wattled Bellbird, the Emerald Toucanet, and White-faced and Howler Monkeys.
In the afternoon, transfer from the hotel to El Rodeo ranch where some of the best horses in town are stabled. You will have the opportunity to do a test ride in the corral to make sure that you are comfortable. Next set off with your local guide on your two-hour horseback ride through patches of secondary forest, open fields, coffee and banana plantations with views of the Gulf of Nicoya.