Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve is an exquisite haven of lush vegetation and exotic wildlife. It is located along the Continental Divide in western Costa Rica. Visitors can hike through the majestic forests of towering trees while gazing at crystal-clear streams and flowing waterfalls. The preserve gets its name from the clouds that continually drift in and linger among the slopes, providing constant moisture that helps nourish the beautiful foliage. Monteverde is a sanctuary for bird-watching, with more than 400 different species of birds.