Starting at $35 per night

Overview

The Hanging Bridges Guided Hike is a mixture of terrestrial trails through an old growth forest and safely constructed suspended walkways high up in the tree tops where you can experience the cloud forest canopy at every level. With a professional naturalist guide, who won’t let you miss a thing, you’ll learn more than you ever knew existed in this magical setting.

You’ll meet with your bilingual guide who will take you into the lush rain forest environment stopping all along the way to view various plants, insects and birds living in this unique ecosystem. Occasionally you may see a mammal if they are nearby and willing to be seen!

Costa Rica is famous for having one of the highest concentrations of flowering orchids in the world. Many are tiny but exquisitely elegant in detail. They thrive in wet tropical woodlands along with other varieties of epiphytes (air plants) which your guide will point out to you.

In addition you may encounter carefully camouflaged insects, a variety of birds, amphibians and possibly even a snake. You’ll want to wear hiking shoes for protection, and because it can be cooler in the cloud forest, bring along a light jacket. If you forgot your raincoat, ponchos are provided.

Crossing over 8 hanging bridges, you will get a bird’s eye view of the dense verdant canopy below. Sightings of animals in this area include tropical birds such as the toucan, coatimundis, monkeys, tarantulas, interesting lizards and snakes. Nothing is guaranteed but your knowledgeable guide, who roams this area daily, will be scouting out any available wildlife during your hike.

Near the end you will come to a massive hollowed out tree. This was formed from the roots of a vine called the strangler fig that over time surrounds another tree until it dies leaving the inside open. You can explore inside the tree as well as opt to climb up its interior using ropes to get to a suspended bridge at the top.

The 3 kilometer trail (not quite 2 miles) involves moderate uphill hiking as this is mountainous terrain. Anyone in reasonably fit condition can comfortably participate and children under 5 are free. During rainy season the well maintained trails can become muddy, another good reason to wear your hiking shoes. This is an opportunity to slow down from your other extreme sports activities and take the time to enjoy the natural beauty of the rich forest life surrounding you. You’ll be glad you did!

This half day hike includes round trip transportation, guide and entrance to the private reserve.

What to Bring

  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Closed Toe Hiking Shoes
  • And Rain Gear

Location and Availability

The Hanging Bridges Guided Hike- Aventuras is available from Monteverde

Tour Times

  • 8:00am
  • 11:00am
  • 1:00pm
  • 3:00pm

Tour Type

  • Canopy Bridges

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10°20'19.74". Longitude: W 85°10'32.7"

Reviews

  • Overall 88.5% (36 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 90.0%
  • Expectations: 86.7%
  • Guides: 88.1%
  • Logistics: 89.1%
  • Value: 90.0%

04/19/2017

This tour was my favorite. The rest of our group also loved it. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the flora and fauna but also he talked a lot about the relationship between the forest and the people of Costa Rica and how the ecosystem of the forest works. Beautiful.

02/22/2017

This tour guide was ok, but liked telling jokes and personal tidbits more than giving us information about the park and life within it. He was personable and we enjoyed the hike. Would have liked a little more time to explore.

11/23/2016

Great guide!!! Loved the tour.

08/27/2016

Guide was very friendly and knew a lot about nature, but spoke english very poorly

07/12/2016

Tour was fine and beautiful. Would suggest staff get training on speaking louder. Their command of English is impressive, but hard to understand if volume is too low.

06/08/2016

The only mammals we saw were down in the gully below a hanging bridge and I didn't realize it would be impossible to take pictures because the bridges move. There was also a large group. I would have preferred a simple hike, but this was more interesting for my family. Guide was great and we did see a quetzal.

03/29/2016

Another wonderful day!! Our guide was very knowledgeable and the cloud forest was wonderful! Climbing the bridges was breath taking..

03/19/2016

Brilliant trip Fantadtic guide. Saw quetzals and so many other beautiful flora and fauna . Perfect

03/02/2016

Saw no wildlife! Was rather boring.

02/11/2016

Fun but weather was bad.

08/11/2015

Our tour had more than 15 people on it for 1 tour guide, which was too much and had us rushing through rather than being able to stop and enjoy the views/wildlife, etc. But the guide was very knowledgeable and the forest was breathtaking.

07/19/2015

Tour was great. Guide was a bit hard to understand and he seemed to focus on 2 people who were trainees more than the tour people. He did stop to show things a few times and that was fun. Loved the bridges.

07/18/2015

We enjoyed it. It was a good experience. We also took in the ziplines which we had not planned to do. It was great!

07/17/2015

Just a really nice tour.

04/13/2015

Maybe it's because the guide was bad, but I was expecting more from the cloud forests. Isn't that the whole reason to go to Monteverde?