Costa Rica

Hanging Bridges

Costa Rica has several attractions featuring "hanging" bridges, with the Monteverde region having the largest number to choose from. Depending on the location, they can range from wide, static, elevated walkways to narrow, suspension bridges. Generally interspersed into hiking trail systems, these bridges can give you a bird's eye view over forested valley below, unobstructed scenic views and a sense of fun adventure. Usually, the hiking trails are not strenuous and are less than 2-3 miles in length. These attractions are a fun way to add a unique element to what would otherwise be just a rainforest hike. Due to their length and topography, this may not be the best choice for families with small children. In addition, not all locations are "stroller friendly".


This self guided hike is a moderate walk on a two mile loop with 10 static bridges and 6 suspension bridges. Set within a private rainforest reserve, guests can stroll through primary rainforest. Guided hikes are available, especially for avid birdwatchers who want to experience the reserve prior to general admission. Several of the spans showcase a spectacular view of Arenal volcano. Trails are well maintained with sections of paving stones to walk on.

Eight tree top walkways are spread throughout a two mile trail through Monteverde Cloud Forest. These bridges are very wide and can safely hold up to 80 people. This facility also has a zipline tour, serpent and frog exhibits, hummingbird and butterfly gardens, insect museum and cloud forest restaurant. You can purchase customized packages with admission to only the attractions you are interested in. You can also purchase guide services.
Central Pacific

A private rainforest reserve near Quepos offers self guided or guided hikes which begin along a river. As you move along the trail, observation platforms face waterfalls and scenic rainforest views. Six suspension bridges span between massive tree platforms. At the end of the tour, you can take a dip in the pool at the base of a pristine waterfall.

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