You have to understand and appreciate the cloud forest. The Monteverde Reserve is truly one of the most bio diverse places you can visit. Over 500 orchids and over 100 types of avocado grow only in this area, attracting the beautiful resplendent quetzal which is the most breathtaking bird I've ever seen. It feeds on a specific avocado that grows in the Monteverde area. I'd recommend a guide if it's your first time walking through the reserve. They know where all the hidden creatures are living. Once is not enough though and I'd recommend going back to explore more on your own. It's a peaceful magical place. The clouds roll in and it becomes an enchanting jungle! Turn your flash off your camera to truly capture the clouds and colours of the plants. A flash photo only reflects off the moisture in the air. Morning is the best time to head out....everything is waking up. They close at 4pm but do offer night tours which we've done. The sounds are amazing at night but you don't see many animals or at least we didn't.