Ever since I was a little girl I have loved heights. Whether it was sitting on my dad's shoulders as a toddler or sitting on the roof as a teenager, I always wanted to be on the highest point I could find. It's a miracle I haven't broken more bones what with all the rocks and trees I have precariously climbed.
Maybe that is why I loved the Treetop House in Monteverde so much. This charming home is nestled on a quiet mountainside and looks out at the tops of an endless expanse of trees. When the wind starts howling (which you can eally hear) it feels a bit like being on top of the world.
An incredible setting in a prime location
Chelsea was a bit uncertain about the place, what with all the bugs and wind, but I immediately fell in love with the Treetop House. Every time I looked out a window I paused to gape at the spectacular views. I kept trying to get work done, but the temptation to lounge in the hammock and feel the powerful wind sway me from side to side was too strong. If I had wanted to, I could have spent all day hanging out (literally) at the Treetop House.
But I had no intention to do so. Chelsea and I were much too excited to explore Monteverde, and the Treetop House was the perfect home base from which to do so. We were just about halfway between Monteverde's downtown and the cloud forest. On our first night we ate downtown and got a glimpse of this sleepy, touristy mountain community.
The next morning we walked to Stella's Bakery and indulged in chocolate croissants as big as our faces before catching the bus and taking it for about 10 minutes to the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
The forest was gorgeous right from the beginning, but when we started it just looked like it was going to be a beautiful hike through an overgrown forest. We couldn't quite figure out where the cloud aspect came in.
About an hour later we reached to viewpoint on the top of the mountain and holy clouds! The wind moved like I've never felt before. We were being pushed and pulled in all directions. If I opened my arms out wide, the wind would actually knock me over.
From the viewpoint we could see thick layers of clouds floating over the forest. They moved fast and wavered from thick to thin in a matter of minutes. We stood there for a few minutes and watched a wall of clouds disappear, reappear, and disappear again. It was enchanting to say the least.
A perfect oasis after an exhausting day
By the time we got back from our half day of hiking, we were both pretty exhausted. Chelsea opted to take a nap while I pretended to get work done (and actually swung on the saddle swing). The Treetop House was the perfect place to do both.
Before we left I had the opportunity to get a tour of the entire building and let me just say, this place is unreal. There are tons of room, two full kitchens, great communal hang out spaces, and a setting unlike anything I've ever seen.
I know what my vote is going to be next time we plan a family vacation. It made a great escape for Chelsea and me, but I think it would be even better for a family reunion or a group vacation.
May the wind be always at your back
There's an old Irish proverb:
May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
And I have to admit, that's a bit how it felt being in Monteverde. When we slept cozily inside our Treetop House, the wind would blow ferociously, but when we climbed through the forest, it stayed high above the trees and let us climb in peace. The rain only fell when we were safe inside our haven and the sun kept the place at 70+ degrees even as the winds tore it apart.
Maybe it's just my over-the-top optimism, but the place felt magical. And I totally fell in love.