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Day 3: Monteverde / Guided walk in Reserve and visit to Butterfly Garden

Meal codes: (B) Breakfast, (L) Lunch, (D) Dinner.

Meals: B,L,D (on both trips).

Hotels: Explorer, Sapo Dorado; Connoisseur, Monteverde Lodge.

After breakfast at Monteverde Lodge, guided excursion in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Founded in 1972, the Reserve extends down both slopes of the Tilaràn Mountains (elevation 2,300 to 5,600 ft.), encompassing six different ecological life zones and protecting more than 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds and 1,500 species of plants. From January to July, depending upon your luck and patience, you may observe in its natural habitat the Resplendent quetzal (occasionally a dozen or more individuals at once). Other species include the Three-wattled bellbird, the Emerald toucanet, and White-faced and Howler monkeys. Return to the hotel midday for lunch. Afternoon visit the Butterfly Garden where butterflies and other insects are raised and displayed in shade cloth enclosures with tropical gardens. Overnight Monteverde Lodge & Gardens.