Our Monteverde Reserve is preceded by 45 years of experiences and a model of conservation proved in the field for decades.
The visionary eyes that proposed the need to generate an initiative for the conservation of a portion of the cloud forest in Monteverde were those of Dr. Leslie Holdridge and Dr. Joseph Tosi, that visited the area in 1968. However, the hands that made this proposal a reality were those of the resident ornithologist George Powell
(scientist that resided in Monteverde) and the Quaker community in the area, represented specially by Wilford “Wolf” Guindon.
In 1972, Powell acquired a donation of 328 hectares from the Guacimal Land Company to dedicate to its conservation in the hands of the Tropical Science Center. This was the beginning of the Reserve that would mark the way to follow for sustainable tourism in the Monteverde area and in the country.
By 1975 the Monteverde Reserve began to receive visitors, registering some 471 per year; thanks to the effort and mystique of the various generations in the Monteverde community and the efforts that hundreds of workers of the Tropical Science Center invested during these 45 years, actually the Monteverde Reserve reports more than 90,000 visitors that come to Costa Ricato live an experience of sustainable tourism and private nature conservation.
Wilford Guindon at its entrance
Tropical Science Center
The Tropical Science Center (TSC) is the first non-governmental organization dedicated to environmental conservation founded in Costa Rica. It was established in 1962 and later declared of public interest.
It has been a pioneer organization and leader in the efforts of conservation, biological inter-connectivity, tourism and sustainable development in the country. Currently, it has its own
Network of Private Reserves and takes action in several biological corridors.
It carries out its own projects and consultancies for sustainable development initiatives on national and international levels, has led more than 300 consultancies for State institutions, private institutions and organizations for international cooperation on capacity and use of soil, classification of life zones, environmental impact,
rural development, regulation plans, carbon sequestration studies and climate change, forestry certification, management of hydro-graphic watersheds, archaeological diagnostics, cartographic surveys, biological and forestry inventories, disaster prevention and environmental economy and policy. These projects are developed under a methodology that boosts models of adequacy in human practise of integral social sustainable development.
Carlos Hernández Hernández
Gerente Red de Reservas
Carlos ha dedicado su vida profesional y personal al manejo de áreas silvestres protegidas, con formación en Manejo de Recursos Naturales y con una Maestría profesional en Liderazgo y Gerencia Ambiental. Cuenta con una amplia experiencia ya que laboró en ocho Áreas Silvestres Protegidas y Parques Nacionales del SINAC. Así mismo es educador ambiental, conservacionista y consultor. Desde hace más de 12 años se puso al frente de nuestro equipo liderando la Reserva Biológica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde, manteniéndonos como un modelo en el mundo en materia de manejo y operación de una reserva privada. Carlos es esa clase de líder que se preocupa por los suyos y trabaja tanto con la mente como con el corazón.
Alan is our resident scientist who steers the investigation program on the effects of climate change in Monteverde for the last few decades and is part of the Board of Directors of the Tropical Science Center. He has a doctorate in the program of population ecology and the evolutionary ecology program of the University of Florida at Gainesville, a masters in the evolutionary ecology program and studies in biology with secondary specialization in anthropology. He has collaborated in more than 30 publications of scientific character and has always been willing to share his ample knowledge with us for the wholesome growth of the Reserve's personnel.
Head of investigation
Yoryineth is master in Leadership and Environmental Management and has been part of our team for more than 10 years. In addition to being our leader of investigation, she coordinates the management of the Tropical Science Center’s reserve located in San Luis. Her knowledge includes subjects of tropical biology, education, environmental problems, dendrology, formulating environmental projects and life zones. With this profile she is is part of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation.
Head of Environmental Protection
Mercedes is one of our bastions of the Reserve with more than 25 years of work here. She is a biologist and educator, that has generated the perfect combination for our leader of the Environmental Education Unit. Throughout these years she has dedicated her efforts in finding innovative forms of creating environmental consciousness in the neighboring communities with the goal of making conservation a life-style for the furthering of sustainable development.
Head of Attention to Visitors
Lilliana is a Business Administrator with an emphasis on marketing and has been a part of our team for more than 10 years. Her experience in customer service strives on a unique experience for the visitor, having a human face hand in hand with sustainability. She is also our leader in the Ecological Blue Flag and Certification of Touristic Sustainability programs, conducting the personnel and visitor to the best possible environmental and social practices. She also leads the volunteer program, allowing hundreds of people from other latitudes to learn about and get to know the biodiversity that the cloud forest offers in Monteverde.
In charge of Accounting
Alejandro is a licensed accountant with a degree in business management. His training, knowledge and great attitude make him a true leader as head of the accounting department at the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. His vast experience creates an atmosphere of trust for our staff and business partners.
Head of Protection
Geiner and his team are in charge of protecting our forest and its visitors. He has a trajectory as police inspector, ample experience as forest ranger and knows the territory of the Monteverde area as the palm of his hand. He has the endorsement of SINAC as Forest Firefighter and is our leader in the management of emergencies.
Luis Obando Arguedas
Jefe de Mantenimiento
Gracias a Luis es que nuestra reserva tiene todo en su lugar. Lleva casi 30 años de ser parte de nuestro equipo en la Reserva de Monteverde. Ha colaborado con otros departamentos donde su vasta experiencia de la zona ha sido uno de los fuertes para el mantenimiento seguro de la Reserva. Siempre está vigilante de que toda la reserva cuente con las condiciones adecuadas y seguras para nuestros visitantes y colaboradores. Él maneja un equipo comprometido no solo con la seguridad y la excelencia sino también con las buenas prácticas en sostenibilidad y conservación de la zona.
Coordinator of the Biological Corridor Program
Alexander has a Master in Management of Sustainable Tourism and directs our Biological Corridor program that includes work in San Juan-La Selva (north zone of Costa Rica), Bellbird (from Monteverde to the Pacific) and Alexander Skutch (Perez Zeledon) Corridors. His principal virtue is his commitment with nature that has led him to various corners of the country in order to assess the challenges and opportunities that rural communities have and with them seek the generation of strategic alliances for their sustainable development.
With this guide you will have a smile on your face from the moment you enter the trail until you leave it. Dennis is a person full of energy and knows how to make the best of every moment, something very useful in the forest because we don’t know what we will we find there. With him you will learn much about native plants and he is excellent at telling you interesting facts about the wildlife that you will encounter along the way. He has experience as a naturalist guide and adventure guide from Guanacaste to Monteverde.
A guide with which to pass a good time from beginning to end, his charisma and capacity to work as a team with groups of tourists make Sergio a person that will elevate your experience of the cloud forest to new heights. With him you will be able to learn much about insects, mushrooms, bats, reptiles and amphibians. Sergio is Technician in Ecological Tourism with knowledge in Management and Protection of Natural Resources. He is a naturalist guide recognized by ACOPROT and INBIO, as well as having international experience as an adventure guide. Aside from his credentials as guide, his love of nature has led him to be an ad honorem inspector for the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area and forest firefighter.
With this guide you will have a first-hand experience of what ‘passion for nature’ means and how every small detail means something gigantic for the cloud forest ecosystems. Kenneth’s mystique will make your tour become the beginning of a great love for nature. Kenneth has studied care and guidance of tourists.
This is one of those guides that appears to be a walking encyclopedia. With Felix you can confidently ask him about just about any theme because he has an answer, and, in case he doesn’t, will have so much curiosity that he will most certainly will search for it and will answer you even if it is days later. His passion for learning is contagious and will make you ask many things about the cloud forest and nature in general. He is a naturalist guide and has been an adventure guide with training in rescue protocols.
With this guide you will need to be prepared to be looking up during almost the whole distance; Jean is a great connoisseur of the birds of the area, making your experience with him very satisfactory in the search of these beautiful animals. He is a naturalist guide and is certified by the Instituto Nacional de Aprendizaje(National Institute of Learning).