Monteverde, Costa Rica
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Monteverde, Costa Rica (Spanish for 'green mountain') is a small town near Puntarenas, Costa Rica.
Monteverde is humid, misty and cloudy, with temperatures ranging from 15 to 22 degrees Celsius
(59 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit).
Annual rainfall averages around 3,000 mm or 117 inches.
Monteverde was founded by Quakers from the USA who did not want to take part in the Korean War,
and thus fled to Costa Rica.
It was chosen by its founding fathers for its cool climate which would facilitate dairy farming.
The Quakers donated a vast amount of Monteverde's cloud forest to the Tropical Science Center,
which now manages and preserves the land.
This reserve, the Bosque Nuboso de Monteverde, has become a major tourist attraction,
and rapidly increasing numbers of tourists caused a sizable influx of Costa Ricans into the area.
In spite of a large Costa Rican population and several decades, Monteverde still retains a North American feel.
In 2007, Costa Ricans voted Monteverde one of Costa Rica's 7 Wonders, along with Isla del Coco,
Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano, Cerro Chirripó, Rio Celeste and Poás Volcano.
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