The Montuoso Forest Reserve is located in the southwestern part of Herrera Province, in the Las Minas district. It is located about 1 hour and 45 minutes from the city of Chitre. This forest reserve offers a pleasant climate for tourists, and a great diversity of animal species. In addition, there are more than 20 sites of archeological interest within the reserve, which are visited by tourists, as well as foreign and national scientists.
The Montuoso Forest Reserve protects a tropical forest which is home to deer, ocelots, and black panthers. Amphibians such as the green and blue frog also inhabit the forest. The rivers and lakes here are home to tilapia, and a variety of snails. The Montuoso Forest Reserve also supports a great diversity of butterflies, among them the morpho, which is a very pretty species of blue color with black. In addition, herons can be observed within the reserve as well.
More than 40 species of trees are found in the Montuoso Forest Reserve, and include some of the oldest trees in the Central American region. The Tebario, Mariato, Suay, Villa and Gato rivers begin here, so this reserve also protects the water supply for thousands of people.