Because rainforests and jungle are recognized by the metropolitan area by Monteverde cloud forest; Monteverde has become an important part of the tourist route in Costa Rica, despite the difficulties of access. It was recently voted one of the “7 Wonders of Costa Rica” by the Costa Rican newspaper La Nación. From Monteverdes total 250,000 tourists annually, about 70,000 tourists visit the reserve. Most of the rain forest and cloud forest can be found in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a private nature reserve created in 1972 by scientist George Powell and Quaker Wilford Guindon. The area around the entrance to the park is the most visited, although deep camp in the reserve is possible with reservations. Nine main routes totaling 13 km, are well maintained and easily accessible. The reserve has an extensive network of trails accessible and least number of stations rustic investigation, two of which house 10 people each, as well as a research station that can accommodate up to 43 people, which can now only be used by researchers.
West of the city of Monteverde is the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, the largest private conservation area in Costa Rica, a project funded by schools and children around the world. The Children’s Eternal Forest is the largest reserve in the area with 22,600 hectares (54,000 acres). The Childrens Eternal Rain Forest includes the continental divide, existing from an elevation of 600 meters in the Caribbean plains to the highest peak of over 1820 meters, then down to almost 900 meters above the Pacific. Climate, flora and fauna, changes very fast between the different slopes (Pacific and Caribbean) and elevation; 6 of 12 life zones of Costa Rica are within the Children’s Eternal Rain Forest, this is one of the main reasons why it is one of the richest natural areas in the world. Its home of 440 (5%) of the species of birds in the world, 60 (6.5%) of the species of bats in the world, 700 (3%) of butterflies in the world and 360 (3%) of ferns in the world. Most of the land surrounding the Eternal Rain Forest is Cloud Forest lands to the north, east and south of the smaller Cloud Forest Preserve. Bajo del Tigre, a small section of the Children’s Eternal Forest, is known for bird watching and night walks.