Monteverde Cloud Forest - Costa Rica
Founded in 1972, this cloud forest covers 10,500 hectares, and consists of 6 ecological zones. Cloud Forests are a type of forest generally found in tropical areas, where conditions are so moist, that there is consistently low cloud cover. In Monteverde Cloud Forest, there are over 100 species of mammal, 400 species of bird, and 1200 species of amphibian and reptile. It’s one of the few remaining habitats that support all six species of the cat family – jaguars, ocelots, pumas, oncillas, margays, and jaguarundis. The region is also known for having the highest number of orchids in the world.
The forest is visited by 70,000 people annually, and features well maintained walking tracks, that feature suspension bridges, and zip lines.