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Monteverde's appeal centers around its scenery and nature. Many ecosystems exist in the numerous reserves, such as Bajo del Tigre, the Santa Elena Reserve, the Bosque Eterno de los Niños and the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve.

A major industry is the zip-line business, and there are several choices, including the mediocre Original Canopy Tour, the good Sky Trek and the stellar Selvatura. These "canopy tours" offer a good albeit fast look at the canopy from dizzying heights. Minor attractions include: the Bat Jungle, with live bats, museum & an Argentinean restaurant the Frog Pond, which affords a decent look at the numerous local amphibian species the Butterfly Garden in Cerro Plano the far superior Victorian-style Butterfly Garden in the Selvatura complex (ask a guide) the astounding Insect Museum in the same complex the San Luis waterfall the very interesting Bajo del Tigre night walk (guarantees tarantula and sloth sightings) the Monteverde Cheese Factory horseback riding... All Day Cowboy Ride and San Luis Waterfall Ride exciting alternative options to the normal 2.5 hour rides UGA Costa Rica Campus, San Luis de Monteverde. Visit the San Luis Botanical Garden with arboretum trails and 75 species of medicinal plants; Resident Naturalists offer day and night-time natural history walks through forest trails; participate in UGA Costa Rica's Carbon Offset Program and help reforest with native species; stop in and enjoy a cup of coffee or fresh, cold juice and a meal after hiking to the San Luis waterfall!