The World's Most Pristine Forests
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Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves, Costa Rica
After scientist George Powell’s initial purchase of 810 acres in 1972, this protected area now covers almost 30,000 acres. Here, it’s cloud mist, rather than rain, that creates the moist climate. You’ll find more than 30 varieties of hummingbird, as well as the exotically named (and outrageously plumed) resplendent quetzal.