In the lush forest of the Costa Rica highlands is a tree needing to be climbed from within.
The Monteverde Ficus tree is not your standard tree. It’s completely hollow, making it great for climbing up into the tree canopy. It’s one of the best free things to do in Monteverde.
What is a Ficus Tree?
A Ficus tree, also known as Strangler tree is very different from a standard tree. It grows from up high in the tree canopy with its roots wrapping around its host tree as they grow downwards. Eventually the host tree dies and what left is a tree that can be climbing from the inside.
How to find the Ficus Tree?
To find the Ficus tree can be a little tricky, though it’s easy to ask around for directions. Most people in Santa Elena are friendly and know its whereabouts.
From the downtown Santa Elena;
Walk up the hill from the tree house restaurant
Turn right onto Mi Casa Su Casa
Continue along the road until you find a path on the right side of the road
Follow the first path you find
Continue past the first Ficus tree on your right, the Ficus tree you want is a short walk further down