Paseo de Stella 

Monteverde, Costa Rica 

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Bat Jungle Exhibits


Café Caburé

        Art Gallery



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     Paseo de Stella, situated in the heart of the “original” Monteverde, is a tourist center located in front of the Hotel El Bosque and 150 yards to the west of CASEM, the women's handicraft cooperative.

     The center is comprised of five main attractions-  a live bat exhibit, history museum, restaurant & chocolate shop, auditorium, and art gallery.



      The architecture of Paseo de Stella is Central American colonial, following the style of the old “haciendas” and coffee plantations.  Even so, it comfortably accommodates the 21st century traveler, and is accessible to the physically challenged. 




      The Auditorium was opened toward the end of 2005, inaugurated with a musical presentation by the community choir.   The main purpose of the auditorium is to complement both the bat and history museum tours with interesting and educational multi-media presentations.




 The Bat Jungle

     The Bat Jungle opened in March of 2006.  The tour is a guided walk into the world of bats, including a variety of stationary and interactive exhibits.




         In the live bat exhibit there are as many as 11 species of live free-flying tropical bats from the Monteverde area.  With the aid of a special "bat detector" and speaker system set up in the fly-way area, real-time bat “echolocation” sounds can also be heard.



       The Bat Jungle is the first of its kind in Latin America.  One of its main objectives is to promote public awareness of the ecological importance of bats, thereby helping to conserve bat populations throughout the world.





Café Caburé 



        "Café Caburé", an Argentinean restaurant and chocolate shop, opened in January, 2007.  While viewing spectacular Monteverde sunsets from the Café's outdoor balcony, visitors will enjoy our hand-made chocolates and fine international cuisine. We consider Café Caburé to be one of the finest restaurants in Costa Rica.



Meg's Terrace Art Gallery 


        Nest to the cafe, Meg's Terrace Art Gallery, is also open to the public.  Items for sale come from local artists, as well as from Meg herself, who specializes in lovely ceramic pottery and glass works, including stained glass lamp shades and windows. the public. Items for sale come from local artists and artisans, as well as from Meg herself, who specializes in lovely ceramic pottery and glass works, including stained glass lamp shades and windows.

History Museum

    The Museum of Monteverde History opened in December 2006.  While focusing on the history of the Monteverde area, the museum also presents exhibits on Costa Rican pre-Columbian history, as well as aspects of the natural history of Central America.