Perhaps the most popular after-dark activities in Monteverde are night hikes in one of the reserves. However, if you want a taste of the local party scene, head to Bar Amigos ((tel) 2645-5071;, a large and often loud bar in the heart of Santa Elena. You’ll find a bunch of flatscreen TVs showing sporting events, a couple of pool tables, and occasional live bands. However, I prefer La Taberna ★ ((tel) 2645-5883), on the edge of Santa Elena town, below the Serpentarium. With a more contemporary club vibe, this place attracts a mix of locals and tourists, cranks its music loud, often gets people dancing, and occasionally has live bands.

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