Insider's Guide to Arenal Volcano National Park

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While the zip-line tours, swishing through the treetops at squeal-inducing speeds, certainly have their charm, there are much better ways to appreciate Costa Rica’s wondrous wilderness. Unbeknownst to most tourists, the life of the rainforest largely takes place overhead, in the thick jungle canopy of sunlight and opportunity.

Most of Costa Rica’s birds, monkeys, giant anteaters, sloths, snakes and amphibians, spend the better part of their lives in the distant treetops, far from the snapping cameras junior photographers. The key to seeing these creatures, and getting the best shots, is ascending into the trees yourself.

Hence these 16 elegantly constructed bridges, which stretch a total of 2.6km (1.6mi) across the steeply pitched landscape. You can wander through the jungle canopy on your own, or hire a guide who will point out the shyer animals that you probably wouldn’t notice on your own. An early morning birding tour is the best way to expand your bird list, with some sixty species spotted regularly in this protected wilderness.

Practical Info

The hanging bridges are located 8km (5mi) past Tabacon, close the shore of Lake Arenal.  Look for them just after the exit to El Castillo, on the lakefront road to Tilaran. Insect repellant is a good idea.

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Hanging Bridges Walking Tour in Arenal

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See the rainforest from up above on this Arenal Hanging Bridges tour! Explore the famous Costa Rican rainforest in Arenal and walk along 15 different bridges ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.99

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