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Unique Lodging Experience with Cabins in the Forest, Beautiful Gardens, and Nature Trails

What We Offer

Experience what it’s like to be completely surrounded by nature.

At Hotel El Bosque Monteverde, you will feel as though you are camping in the cloud forest but with all the basic lodging amenities (no frills) at your fingertips:

  • Hot shower
  • Small Fridge
  • In-Room WiFi
  • Private Bathroom
  • Comfortable Beds
  • Beautiful Views to Gardens

If you are a simple traveler, who prefers nature over luxury, this place is for you.

What to Expect

Hotel El Bosque Monteverde (also known as El Bosque Trails and Eco-Lodge and previously known as El Bosque Lodge) is a small eco-lodge nestled in a lush green forest right on the edge of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, the largest private reserve, located in Monteverde Costa Rica.

The cabins are simple (no frills) but the setting is extremely beautiful, quiet and peaceful.

You will discover that we do not sale rooms, we sale the experience of living in the forest, so you can get a unique experience of what it’s like to live completely surrounded by nature.

You will have lots of beautiful gardens to photograph, a private nature preserve with many trails for you to get lost on, abundant wildlife (especially birds), and on-site nature tours onsite (additional fees apply). 

Premiere Birding Location

Spot many birds without walking too much. Simply wake up early, grab your binoculars, and take an easy walk around the property and you will spot more birds here than anywhere else in Monteverde (guaranteed or your money back).

El Bosque is a perfect blend of young (secondary) forest and old (primary) forest, and it is right at the heart of the Bellbird Biological Corridor (right on the edge of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest) which makes the location a hot spot for birdwatching. If you are a birder, this place is for you.

Beautiful Trail System

Enjoy a beautiful on-site nature park with 23 Acres of Private Forest and more than 2 miles (5km) of hiking trails at your doorstep.

Over 1,000 Online Reviews with an Average Rating Score of 4.5 out of 5

Awesome Place! Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

Everything about my stay here was perfect and this property and the private hiking trails were truly magical this was my favorite adventure while in Costa Rica. Here I felt so safe and well cared for. Every need and expectation was exceeded. Highly recommend.

– Anonymous (TripAdvisor)
Perfection Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

I live in CR and this is my 4th stay at El Bosque. Rooms are spotless, comfy beds, delicious food, great wildlife, extensive trails and wonderful staff. Wifi throughout. I love the location because I can walk to both the Curi-Cancha and Bajo el Tigre reserves, Stella's bakery is across the street and the Women's Cooperative is next door.

– Susan (TripAdvisor)
A real haven of nature and tranquility Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

The team manage a lovely peaceful, clean corner of Monteverde. The rooms are generous fairly priced , spotlessly clean and in the heart of what you are looking for. The breakfast is excellent , the dinners are great after a long day of walking and exploring. I stayed here for three days and saw more wildlife here than at any other spot . Emerald toucanets, capuchin, howlers, motmots. If you want a caring quiet place to lay your head then this is it . To the team a big thank you , keep doing what you do !

– Chris (TripAdvisor)
Lovely place Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

El Bosque is a nice cosy property. With many free walking trails and a night walk with a guide, which enhances the experience totally. Unfortunately, due to COVID there were many restrictions and the restaurant was only serving breakfast. Rooms are well maintained and laundry service is fast. Ernesto, is a fantastic host. He assisted in activity bookings, restaurant suggestions and was all over the place making sure everything was in order. Will definitely return in normal times to experience their real hospitality.

– Shantanu (TripAdvisor)
Great stay in Monteverde Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

We really enjoyed our stay here in March 2020. Friendly and helpful staff, delicious breakfast, rustic cabins, birds on the property and nearby access to birding and restaurants. The pancakes with homemade marmalade really hit the spot at breakfast.

– Bill (TripAdvisor)
Our second visit and it is better each time with new improvements Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

This is our second stay and our third time to visit the grounds at El Bosque. Daniel and his dedicated staff take great care to create a very tranquil and comfortable environment for all of their guests. From the perfectly arranged transportation with Carlos meeting us at the airport and driving us with expert skill and professionalism, to our room that was spotless and decorated with fresh flowers and ornate towels sculptures, to the wonderfully hot showers with good water pressure, and the very comfortable bed and furnishings, we felt that we were in a much more expensive hotel than one would imagine that we could afford on our modest budget of under $75 a night. The breakfast was wonderful and we enjoyed delicious pancakes, scrambled eggs, organic butter, home-made marmalade…

– Anonymous (TripAdvisor)
Highly Recommend Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

We were very pleased with the lodging and activities at El Bosque. The rooms were rustic yet comfortable. We really enjoyed the wildlife and trails around the property. They also offer an excellent night tour on the trails to see wildlife. The breakfast was also very good!

– Joseph (TripAdvisor)
Excellent staff Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

Good things 1) The staff were great, always helpful, Daniel gave superb advise prior to our visit The kitchen staff were always smiley at breakfast but were under some pressure at about 0730 and 0900 when the bird walk finished 2) WIFI is excellent 3) The rooms are well sealed so things can't get in 4) The rooms are a bit basic, BUT this is NOT a 5 star hotel 5) The night walk is good, however don't expect frogs 6) The early morning bird walk is also excellent My only observation is that this isn't in the forest as much as I expected. There is a big open area in front and although there are parrots and other birds if you look carefully, it's not the jaw dropping animal fest that others have suggested. In conclusion, a great spot, glad I booked it for 18 people and we enjoyed our stay

– Neil (TripAdvisor)
Beautiful Way to Enjoy the Cloud Forest! Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

The trails and all of the wildlife were absolutely incredible. We even saw Capuchin monkeys when we were checking in! The staff was very helpful in booking transportation and activities for us, and they were overall incredibly attentive and welcoming. The night tour was a highlight of our experience in Costa Rica! We saw so many amazing birds, insects, and other animals. The guide was very informative and went above and beyond to make sure we enjoyed the tour. The room was clean and functional for us, and the wifi was very good. Although the lodge was not located in the town, there was a cafe, market, and restaurant nearby that were very tasty, and we got a discount for the restaurant. The town was about a 25-minute walk away, and we saw incredible views along the way. The breakfast was included and was very good. They made their own butter and marmalade, and the fruit juices and plantains were delicious! We would happily stay here again.

– Yvonne (TripAdvisor)
A Cloud forest on your doorstep Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

This friendly Monteverde lodge has its own cloud forest, offers fascinating guided walks on its trails, (I particularly enjoyed the night walk) and an improbably large number of bird species nest or roost in the trees that surround the central garden. It is slightly out of the center of town but there is a coffee shop, craft shop and the excellent Italian restaurant, Tramonti, all within a minutes walk from the front gate. Also Cabure, an Argentinian restaurant, just over the road above the Bat Jungle (which has bats but couldn’t really be described as a jungle). Staff very friendly and helpful and can organise anything you want to do in the area.

– Hugh (TripAdvisor)
Such a lovely place! Hotel El Bosque Monteverde

Our multigenerational family were in the best hands at El Bosque Eco Lodge. All around, the staff was fantastic. We did not have an item that we needed in our room and they magically delivered it almost immediately. Our day-trips were scheduled by the staff and all worked out smoothly. I would recommend this facility to everyone!

– Page (TripAdvisor)

Our Story

This is the story behind Hotel El Bosque and how Monteverde used to be 65 years ago…

Once a farm that produced milk for the Monteverde Cheese Factory, El Bosque Lodge was one of the first lodges and conservation areas established in Monteverde.

The story of Monteverde begins in the 1950s when a group of Quaker families from the United States left their country in search of peace and tranquility, refusing to join the US Army as the Korean War waged. They travelled many places throughout Central America until they found Monteverde, a safe haven far from the fears of enlistment or imprisonment. And so, they settled for a simple, peaceful life surrounded by nature.

Soon later, in 1953, the Quakers established the first business in the area: The Monteverde Cheese Factory, which employed most of the adult population back then. Monteverde locals were either employees of the factory, or farmers who produced supplies for it. Don Marcos and Doña Irma (founders of El Bosque Lodge) were among these farmers, and little did they know, that the land where they used to have cattle, would 20 years later become one of the first lodges for eco-tourism.

In the early 1970s, the Quakers joined forces with resident scientists to make the case for the first private nature preserve in Costa Rica. With approximately 330 hectares, they successfully established the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Preserve.

In the years that followed, tourism began to grow in Monteverde from small numbers of scientists to thousands of tourists who were initially camping in the lands of locals until the first lodges were established. El Bosque was one of those first establishments, the bus from San Jose (pretty much the only way for tourists to get here back then…) used to stop right in front of the current entrance which naturally drove many tourists to ask Don Marcos and Doña Irma to let them either sleep in one of the rooms of their house or to let them camp in their private forest.

In the 1990s, Don Marcos and Doña Irma made a decision to start building the lodge which began with only a few rooms, slowly growing to the 25 rooms that it has today, and 25 years later, they decided that it was time to retire and pass on the business to a new generation.

Don Marcos and Doña Irma then left the property and handed over the business to Daniel, who took ownership in August 2016, with no experience in tourism but a strong business management skillset and a wealth of customer service experience, from a corporate world to a nature paradise.

Nowadays, even though, Monteverde has changed a lot and many other lodges have been established since eco-tourism was first introduced, El Bosque is one of very few that keeps its essence: a simple lodge, in a beautiful setting, with gardens, a private forest set aside for conservation, many trails to get lost on, and now a birdwatching tour and a night walk onsite available to its clients and open to the public for those who are not staying at the lodge.