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  • Address: Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
  • Hours: Mon - Sun 7:30am-4:30pm
  • Admission: Adults $24, students $12, youth under 12 free

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Arenal Hanging Bridges

While zip-line tours that take you swishing through the treetops at squeal-inducing speeds certainly have their charm, there are other ways to appreciate Costa Rica’s wondrous wilderness. Unbeknownst to most tourists, the life of the rain forest 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 of junior photographers. The key to seeing these creatures (and getting the best shots) is ascending into the trees yourself.

Hence these 16 elegantly constructed Arenal Hanging Bridges—some suspended high above gorges and others stretching far across jungle floors—that line the winding paths of this epic Costa Rican hike and stretch a total of 2.6 km (1.6 miles) across the steeply pitched landscape. Despite their height, the bridges are stable and secure. And while heavy rains can make parts of the path difficult to navigate, a hike through this forest in sunny weather is a perfect way to spend several afternoon or mid-morning hours out of doors. 

You can wander through the thick vegetation on well-marked trails on your own, or bring a guide who will point out the shy animals you probably wouldn’t otherwise notice. An early morning birding tour is the best way to expand your bird list, with some 60 species spotted regularly in this protected wilderness. Also look for families of monkeys swinging through the air and lazy sloth lounging among tree limbs. 

Practical Info

The hanging bridges are located 8 km (5 miles) east of Tabacon and 20 km (12.5 miles) from La Fortuna. Look for them just after the exit to El Castillo, on the lakefront road to Tilaran. Tours take place Monday through Sunday from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Entrance to the park is $24 for adults, $14 for students and free for children under 12. Walking tours and round-trip transportation from nearby hotels are both available for an additional fee. Insect repellent is a good idea.

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Hanging Bridges Walking Tour in Arenal, La Fortuna, null
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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.)

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4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot ... 
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4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs

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Class II-III Rafting and Hanging Bridges from La Fortuna, La Fortuna, Eco Tours
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Class II-III Rafting and Hanging Bridges from La Fortuna

Family fun, excitement and natural hike through rainforest on suspended bridges hanging over the canopy. In the morning enjoy nature, take photos, and scan the ...  Read more

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Arenal Hanging Bridges Hiking Tour

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The hanging bridges forest reserve comprises 243 hectares of protected forest. It is ideal for hikers who would like to discover and admire the unique ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall Nature Hike

This tour gives you the opportunity, in a single day, to sample the attractions that have made the Arenal region famous, you can enjoy the rainforests ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

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Arenal Hanging Bridges in Mistico Park, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Known as one of the most beautiful environmental projects in Costa Rica, Arenal Hanging Bridges is a combination of trails and hanging bridges situated near ...  Read more

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If you are on limited time or simply you don’t want a full day tour; this tour is specially designed for those who love exploring the beauties of the rain  ...  Read more

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3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike, Liberia, ... 
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3-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike

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Designed with an outstanding combination for you to explore the best of the wonders surrounding the volcano. This tour is for those who love hiking and walking ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour

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Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

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