Monteverde is not only the name of a small mountain town but the perfect description for the whole area as in spanish this means “Green Mountain”. Monteverde is divided into three main areas: Santa Elena, Cerro Plano and Monteverde. Santa Elena is the most populated area, with a banks, city buildings, souvenir and grocery shops and the local high school. Cerro Plano is where most hotels in the area are located. Finally, Monteverde is where the cheese factory, the Quaker community and the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve are located.
There are two routes that can be followed to get to the Monteverde area. The first and most recommended one is located near kilometer 134 of the Panamerican Highway and goes through Sardinal paved until Guacimal where a gravel road will lead you to Monteverde for the last 18 kilometers. The other route begins near kilometer 149 of the Panamerican Highway just before the bridge over at the Rio Lagarto. The two routes join near Guacimal for the final climb. The bumpy road gives occasional breathtaking views of the lowlands below as you climb on roads that border the mountains. As you wind through thin clouds, cattle across deep valleys below appear as brown or white dots scattered on the steep pastures.
Hotel Heliconia is located in Monteverde in the province of Puntarenas, a privileged location, that places it near three of the most beautiful tropical cloud forest in Costa Rica—the well known Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, the Santa Elena Reserve and Selvatura Park.
The hotel offers the perfect setting for those who love bird-watching, nature photography while spending time in the serenity of a mountain retreat. The hotel has been designed to offer home-style comfort in the warmth of a wooden construction, assuring the guest an unforgettable experience. Starting in 1987, when the number of researchers and tourists began to rise significantly due to the natural wonders that could be witnessed in the area, it became clear that the Monteverde region required better lodging and restaurant services to meet the increased demand. Stepping in to fill this need, Hotel Heliconia opened its doors with only five guest rooms, plus and additional room for the owners of the Hotel —doña Roxana and her family— thus launching the hotel as a touristic pioneer in Monteverde.