In 1983, a National Geographic article described Monteverde (translated Green Mountain) as the perfect place to catch a glimpse of the Resplendent Quetzal, a beautiful bird of paradise. From that moment on hordes of eco-tourists arrived to the small Quaker village in Costa Rica, ready to take in its birdwatching attractions and famous Cloud Forest. Now this town is one of the centers of tourism in the country. The crowds are a disadvantage, but the cloud forest is beautiful, there are some delicious restaurants here, a famous zip line, and some interesting evening hikes by flashlight.
There is much evidence of the presence of pre-Columbian native groups inhabiting Monteverde, but little is known about the culture or even identity of these native groups. To most Monteverde residents, the history of Monteverde starts with the arrival of Creole populations in the area in the first three decades of the twentieth century. These first inhabitants […]