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Santa Elena and Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserves, Costa Rica

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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.

How to Go: Stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge, a Smithsonian research station with commanding views of the Arenal Volcano, as a part of tour outfitter Country Walkers’ eight-day sojourn.

The World's Most Pristine Forests

The World's Most Pristine Forests

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.

How to Go: Stay at Arenal Observatory Lodge, a Smithsonian research station with commanding views of the Arenal Volcano, as a part of tour outfitter Country Walkers’ eight-day sojourn.

The World's Most Pristine Forests

© Stuart Westmorland/CORBIS

The World's Most Pristine Forests

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