When choosing a place to stay in Monteverde, be sure to check whether the rates include a meal plan. In the past, almost all the lodges included three meals a day in their prices, but this practice is waning.

Monteverde Country Lodge (tel. 2645-7175), is a homey, simple hotel run by the folks at Hotel Poco a Poco.

For real budgeteers, there are quite a few backpacker havens in Santa Elena and spread along the road to the reserve. The best of these is the Pensión Santa Elena  (tel. 2645-5051), which also offers swankier rooms with private bathrooms in an annex. Owned and operated by Texan Ran Smith, and right next to the popular Taco Taco takeout counter run by his sister, this affordable hotel is centrally located in Santa Elena’s triangular, three-street downtown.

Finally, it’s possible to stay in a room just steps from the entrance to the reserve at Selina Monteverde  (tel. 7146-7986), which has both dorms and private rooms, the latter tiny but mostly with private bathrooms, decorated in fun and funky style. Greeting guests is a massive statue of a somewhat melancholy fellow, but clearly he hasn’t been spending much time enjoying Selina’s cinema, pool tables, or happy hour.   Doubles begin at $64, while dorms are $25 per person. Note: Because you’re so close to the park, you’re nowhere near to the town here, so take that into account when making your transportation choices.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.