Starting at $68 per night


Today you will go on an amazing half day of adventure at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. The bridges and trails are located in the rainforest near the majestic Arenal Volcano. All of the 15 bridges vary in height and length and provide an interesting way to observe the rainforest canopy.

Set in the rainforest near Lake Arenal, the Mistico Park is on the fringe of the Arenal Volcano National Park. While the park and surrounding area is better known for the volcano, this is an area that protects many species of wildlife. With a little luck and cooperation from Mother Nature, your bilingual guides will point out wildlife such as armadillo, toucans, deer, raccoon, coatis, sloths, and hopefully a few monkeys. Several wild cat species such as puma, ocelot and margay have been spotted in the park, though sightings of these elusive felines are uncommon.

In addition to wildlife and jungle, this is also an interesting tour as you will learn about the natural history of the Arenal Volcano area. Be prepared to hike a few kilometers of moderate terrain and bring a sense of adventure. From start to finish including round trip transportation from your hotel, the tour is expected to last around four hours, though keep in mind this can vary based on a variety of factors. It is also important to mention that for safety reasons open sandals or shoes are NOT permitted on this tour.


  • Walk through the canopy of the rainforest as well as the floor
  • Good chance of spotting exotic wildlife
  • On clear days there is a spectacular view of Arenal Volcano from one of the bridges

What to Bring

  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sturdy Shoes
  • Rain Gear

    You Will Not Be Permitted To Enter The Hanging Bridges With Sandals Or Shoes That Leave Your Feet Bare - Hiking Or Tennis Shoes Are Appropriate

Location and Availability

The Arenal Hanging Bridges is available from Arenal, Arenal Zone 2, Arenal Zone 3, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, and Nuevo Arenal

Tour Times

  • 8:30am
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Canopy Bridges

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Recommended Ages

All Ages


Latitude: N 10°29'17.03". Longitude: W 85°14'45.8"


  • Overall 92.1% (718 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 91.1%
  • Expectations: 90.6%
  • Guides: 93.3%
  • Logistics: 93.5%
  • Value: 91.6%


The guide was wonderful! He was very good at finding wildlife I would have missed. Very informative.


Mostly good, wait at each of the swinging bridges.


Fantastic tour guide. Really knowledgeable and was great with the young kids!


Guide was awesome - knowledgeable, friendly, and gave other suggestions on things like places to eat and to go. Was surprised to not see more wildlife. I thought there would be more birds and butterflies and stuff.


Very knowledgeable and personable guide.


Pierre was one of the best guides ever!


I wish there was more animal life but that is out of your control! BEAUTIFUL hike.


Our guide Steven was great!!!


I survived this excursion (I hate heights), loved the guide, appreciated the experience, but again it was about 90 min from our hotel.


not much wildlife.


Guide was very patient, however the tour should be longer so that participants have more time to take photos


Our guides did a great job, but the only thing that made this tour slightly less enjoyable was the extremely large groups at the park. I wish they would limit the size of the groups allowed in the park and on the tours.


The tour and area were very over crowded. It would have been nicer to go somewhere a little more remote


We’re able to see animals and learn some information about the location.


We had an excellent tour through the rain forest. Our guide was very educated and able to share biology lessons with the group in a fun and meaningful way. The bridges felt safe, and my 11 year old and I will remember this always.


the guide was good and so were the bridges; but i must say i thought we would see more animals at least that is the way it was described to me; we barely saw anything; actually not hardly one animal; the bridges were fun but the tour was a little boring truthfully




Our guide was exceptional! He was very knowledgeable about all the animals that we seen and Costa Rica in general. He spoke excellent English. It was a fantastic tour!


Beautiful place, but more hiking would have been great. Also, because it was peak season the trails were crowded. We had a wonderful time!


Again, the guide was great. You even ordered a sunny day.


It rained. We did not see many animals. The tour guide (Sadie?) was very nice but did not find a lot of wildlife. The scenery was wonderful.


Guide was excellent and knowledgable


This was a great guided tour - and one would miss so much if they did not have a guide.


Sadis was a great guide with great passion for wildlife


Absolutely amazing tour guide, Pierre. He was so knowledgeable and really brought the whole forest to life with his explanations of what we saw and we're experiencing. I would hesitate to recommend him to any of my friends.


For whatever reason, we saw very few animals, although our guide was great pointing out tiny things (bats, insects, a viper) on our walk. It was a beautiful walk, but may not have been worth the price overall given how little we saw in the canopy.


Guide was great, very informative. She pointed out many things in the forest that we would have walked past without seeing them.


Guide was fantastic really good experience


Transfer Great. Guide Excellent and knowledgeable. This was a very nice excursion. Great Day


This was a wonderful morning. Quite something to experience the rainforest. Our guide was very knowledgeable and had an incredile eye for spotting even the smallest of creatures. The bridges were very cool.


All on time and very lively guide. Good animal spotting too.


Guide for this tour, Yara, was wonderful. So knowledgeable and interesting.


Joedan was a great guide.


Wonderful hike, amazing tour guide. Dont recall name of tour company but guide was very knowledgeable ..


Amazing and beautiful place, scary bridges for anyone who has any semblance of vertigo. Knowledgeable and passionate guide (Pierre) who was exceptionally attentive and helpful to the extent of taking numerous photos for all individual and groups on the experience including panoramic pics from the middle of the 30M high hanging bridge!!! A nice experience overall.


Saydes was our tour guide, she was kind, helpful, friendly and knew so many things that the tour was a true joy! It was a beautiful tour, and better with the guide. Pickup was smooth as well.


Elena was a great guide! Super knowledgeable and friendly.


This tour was great. I really love that it's off season. We were very lucky to have gotten a picture on the bridge and have the view of the Arenal volcano. Our tour guide Elena was also wonderful. Not only she's knowledgeable but also made sure we are good, taking our photos and making the our trip wonderful.


Loved this tour and our guide was fantastic.


This tour was nice, but a little boring. We didn't see as many animals as we would have liked. It was beautiful, but just not as fun as the others. The guide was very nice, but talked A LOT:-)


Amazing! The tour guide was great! I’m not sure how to spell her name, Sedis? She was fabulous and the experience was amazing.


I have mixed emotions about this tour because the place was truly beautiful. I expected the rain and guide warned us about it, yet when it did start raining he completely stopped looking for animals or talking about the place and just rushed us through bridges. When we got to the bus they offered wet (!!) towels to refresh, would have been nice to have dry ones if they decide to provide that at all.


Loved this tour. Our tour guide Steven was great at spotting animals and knowledgeable about the trees and surroundings, we even stopped on the side of the road when he spotted a sloth in the distance!


This was an amazing experience! We would have done it again if we could have.


Steven was great and informative. A huge asset to that company


This tour was interesting but a little long and our guide was just ok.


A good introductory experience for those not yet accustomed to the wilderness.


Beautiful grounds and incredible wildlife experience. Guide was just ok.


We had the true rainforest experience as it was pouring with rain! The guide was great- we learned a lot about the rainforest and its flora and fauna.


Guide was super.


Guide extremely nice, but not as knowledgeable as we would have liked. Also, saw some animals, but hoped for more


The walking tour was fine. No animals were seen. We did see some interesting insects. The plant life was beautiful.


Our guide was wonderful-Sarayeh? She was very good at finding wildlife and pointing out things. Bridges were fun.


Very knowledgeable tour guide


sometimes hard to understand guide. It rained a lot but overall was good


Excellent tour! Guide was wonderful.


Good time


Our original trip was canceled due to heavy rain and thunder at the park; but the crew immediately re-scheduled after 2 days; they worked with PTW to make all the changes to our itinerary including our travel to Monteverde.
Guide to the park was very knowledgeable and he explained lot of subtleties...great experience.


Our guide was very friendly. Unfortunately, she had lost her flashlight so couldn't show us some animals. Also, did not have a scope, so we definitely should have brought our own binoculars. The guide ahead of us had both items, so we were able to see more.


Everything was timed well with and tour guides were very knowledgeable.


a little more strenuous than I was anticipating. Not sure if others my age (75) would enjoy this if they weren't fit. I did it, but it was a bit tiring.


Awesome experience!


We especially love the staff's concern for and preservation of this unique ecosystem.


I thought the guide was very knowledgeable considering that she had no special education and her training was received on the job.




The young lady we had and young man who drove were fantastic they did an excellent job and were patient w older people!


Pierre, tour guide deserves a 10+! He was so knowledgeable on ALL the Flora and Fauna and had an eagle eye for the wildlife, stopping on the way to the park to observe a 3 toed sloth, along the road in a tree


The guide was friendly and enthusiastic keeping a fairly large group engaged and interested. We saw a coati group with young and an eyelash viper both of which were highlights.


The only reason for docking points on this tour was it was a little physically challenging for us, as we are older and horribly out of shape. Maybe a rating level for physical demands would be good. We survived though and are better for it.


nothing much to say except we were blown away by experience


Better than expected.


Very good tour. We had 2 children on our tour one of whom was under 3 and understandably they got very bored and the chances of seeing much of the wildlife that demanded silence was nil as they didn't understand the importance. The tour is exceptional but we would suggest that a restriction on age would work (or take families with very young children on their own so that the tour can be adapted to suit).


Perfect. Guide had eagle eye and we saw all sorts of animals. Guide went at a nice pace and there was plenty of time to check out the sights. Bridges were fun, swayed a bit but nothing extreme.


The guide was very knowledgable!


Our guide was very good.


The walk through the jungle was exciting. Even though during our tour we didn't get to see some animals it was still a great informative tour and would not mind doing it again.


This was also more commercial than I thought it would be. Guide and group size were nice and I appreciated them putting families with children in a separate group. :) The atmosphere here is refreshing.


Crowded van to get there. Saw very few animals. It’s more of a zoo than wilderness. I expected longer distance and less people


This was a neat experience with a great guide. Just would have liked to see more animals...which is obviously out of their control.


The rundown bridges were less than expected. Long lines and crowds made the tour less appealing.


Loved this tour.


Our tour guide was nice, but seemed a little rushed. I wish he took the time to talk more about the plants and animals there, even if we could not see them.


The tour picked us up from our hotel. The tour guide was knowledgeable and was able to point out many animals we would not have otherwise seen on our own. We were able to see two species of monkeys, frogs, and snakes. The only downside was we had to wait to cross some of the hanging bridges when it got busier in the day.


Great tour guide and overall tour.


Our guide was great! The only downside is having to wait for big groups to get over the bridges.


wonderful tour guide


Liked this park overall. But the tour took 3 hrs of not much to really see in terms of animal sightings. My 6 year old got really bored and tired at the end and kept asking to leave. Can easily shorten to 2 hrs and still see everything.


Our tour guide was very knowledgeable. My friend and I are in our 70s and when we lagged a little behind he waited. It was funny! We would then catch up with him and off the team would go. When we let him know we too needed a rest he was very accommodating.


Yes, great tour, very peaceful, only problem was the seniors didn't like the bridges swinging. Not your problem.


Guides were awesome! Went above and beyond to take care of us.


A bit disappointing.


Loved it. Great guide.


Beautiful and nice but doesn't compare to Prirates Cove. Definitely more tourists.


Rebecca was our guide. She was very knowledgeable and when one of us was scared of heights she made sure they were comfortable going across the bridges. It was a comfortable walk and there was lots to see.


The guide Pierre was amaziing.


Absolutely incredible!


Just the two of us on the tour with Elena.


It poured down rain, nd we got totally saturated, but it just reminded us that we were in a tropical forest.


a tour like this is definitely better with a good guide. our guy was excellent!


On our way back to our resort there was a sloth on the road. Our driver stopped and our guide allowed us to get out and see the sloth. That was very much appreciated.


This was probably spoilt a bit by the rain - but it was a very good experience - just not amazing!


The guide could have had better equipment, ie- scope for viewing birds and wildlife. The location and hike was excellent. Loved it!


It rained the entire time. A bit crowded.


Nice tour - only marred by the fact that it was pouring rain. Wonderful guides!


It was a great and interesting experience. Trail handrail was beautiful, look at wood. Hanging bridges and sceneries are gorgeous. Tour guy has a broad knowledge about the everything we asked. We enjoyed it very much.


Amazing scenery


Our guide was kind enough to take us to see a sloth that was on the road and not part of the Hanging Bridges tour. We were happy to be able to see the sloth because we did not encounter another one during our trip.


tour great, only lower experience due to pouring rain weather!


Have to have a guide - we would not have seen all the animals without one.


Terrific experience. Our guide, Elena, was wonderful. Took her time with our group and explained everything. Never felt rushed.


Our guide, Yaneris, made our trip. The trail and nature exceeded expectations. We stopped for a Sloth that was down the street from the hotel and everyone was given the opportunity to take pictures. In addition we saw monkeys, bats, spiders, snakes and many beautiful birds. Yaneris has a gift for spotting the animals, and loved that she took it seriously.


Very knowledgeable guide. She and the driver knew just where to go to see wildlife. They were very friendly and hospitable.


Friendly driver, right in time. Wonderful tour.


I liked everything about this tour except the bridges--they move too much and it's hard to keep your balance.


Difficult for my husband. Harder than expected


Very knowledgeable tour guide. Took extra time to answer questions and had interesting facts and stories. Loved it.


Didn't see much of anything unfortunately. We opted to go on to the volcano tour but again didn't see much at all. Not good value.


Loved it! Loved our guide too.


This is a very popular tour so this means sometimes waiting for a gap between groups to have time to take photos. The walk round was really interesting and the views from the bridges were good.


Another great activity


Our guide (who was female and can not remember her name), was very knowledgeable and friendly. Answered questions, helped take pictures, pointed out things we would never have seen on our own. Lovely tour!


Knowledgeable guide, beautiful rainforest! Tour can be a little long, but we enjoyed it!


It was no fault of the guide. It was pouring that morning so the animals were scarce.


It rained hard during our hanging bridges tour and to me it enhanced an already amazing place. Our guide, she was great, friendly and knows a lot about the flora and fauna. I am so sorry but I can't recall her name.


Great time.


Great guide.


I had been skeptical about this tour since the Monteverde sky walk experience. More bridges, a longer trek, and more strenuous trails between the bridges. So after arriving and hiking a few hundred yards uphill, we decided not to continue. The guide was understanding.


There were 3 of us on the tour. The guide was awesome. He took his time answering our questions never go impatient.


Wonderful guide, he tried very hard to show us everything and had a book to look up anything he did not know the name of. We enjoyed conversation with him, very nice young man.


Our guide was knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife we saw.


There were TOO many people and NOTHING to see - we should leave at 6am!


Great tour but raining. . Still very enjoyable


Great tour! and tourguide!


It was more of a walk than an adventure. I did learn some things about the rain forest and Costa Rica so that was very nice.


We expected a less crowded environment than the one we experienced, which took away from the 'wilderness' experience. Our tour group kept bumping up against other groups, or were bumped by following groups. The facility should do a better job of spacing out the groups. That being said, we did see some interesting wildlife.


Again my fault. Maybe I expected too much. I was hoping to see much more wildlife. Our guide (Aaron?) was excellent and I felt he knew a lot more than Rebecca.


Left late because they had car trouble but they sent us a fruit basket (unexpected but very nice touch). Guide had heavy accent but fine. Sometimes forgot to wait for all of us (only 4) when talking. We saw some amazing wildlife.


Great tour guide




Isaak Mendez was another exceptional guide. Marvelous personality, helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable. Outstanding tour.


The guide was delightful and managed the various abilities of the people on our tour. She was knowledgable and very friendly and we had a great day.


Great knowledgeable and personable guide


Guide was great


An enjoyable experience through old growth rainforest.


wonderful place! definitely recommend for tourists.


Loved it!


Beautiful experience. Have already recommended this location to friends


Loved our tour guides and the experience. They were knowledgeable and had so much passion for the landscape of Costa Rica.


Was hoping for more animal siteings and discussion about fauna and animals


It was raining during our tour which influenced the rating but realize that is completely uncontrollable.


lots of people sort of crowded but liked it


Great trip, super friendly people. I would only have appreciated more time to visit the gift shop.


Our tour guide, Pierre, was absolutely fantastic.


Enjoyable and interesting experience


Very well done. They took care to cater to our children. Lots to see and everyone had fun.


Van was very nice and comfortable. Guides were friendly and very informative.


Cedes our guide was very knowledgeable and made our tour adventurous. I loved the fact that the trails were nicely paved and the views were absolutely majestic.


Great tour, and everything was very professional and informative.


We were so impressed with all of tours. The punctuality of the pick-up times were amazing. Mistico Bridges was a great hike. The guide was fantastic.


More guidelines could be provided as to the fitness requirements to get the most out of this tour. Wonderful guide, beautiful setting, but more physically challenging than expected.


Unbelievable. The guide was superb and informative. A great trip.


Our guide was WONDERFUL! Definitely one of the best.


Amazing, beautiful. Loved it!


Was nice to see the rainforest and walk on the bridges but was expecting to see more animals.


Great guide!


Once again our transfer and guide were amazing!


Unfortunately I missed this tour- but the rest of the family enjoyed it. Looking forward to take this tour when I return to Costa Rica


It was a bit scary but overall it was very informing and the plants were beautiful


unbelievably good guide. He could spot things that we would have never, ever seen. We were incredibly lucky to see sloths, howler monkey (right on the bridge with us), a snake and birds etc... My 9 year old began the walk crying and grumpy because of a bit of rain, but this guide changed her mood immediately with his skill.


Not many hanging bridges. Monte verde would have been better.


we loved our guide, sades. I think her name was, you could tell she really loves her country and knows her stuff.


There were several other groups there at the same time so it got crowded at times, but it was good. We didn't get to see as many animals as we had hoped for but we knew that might happen.


Pierre was a great tourguide. Very knowledgeable and excited and passionate. It was a lovely experience.


Good way to see the rainforest and guide was very funny...can't remember his name.


Good guide


Rain rain go away!


Didn't get to see much wildlife due to the rain but trail was nice and guide was fun and knowledgeable


Our tour guide, Pierre, has multiple master's degrees, and a PhD in entomology. Boy, he's smart. Really knows what he's talking about. Fantastic outing!


Tour was Excellent.


Very knowledgeable and friendly guide.


Our guide was friendly. She was very knowledgeable about snakes and amphibians but was weak on tree and bird identification. Overall we enjoyed the tour.


There were a lot of people there the day we went. Not a lot of animals. We did see some monkeys but was disappointed because I expected a jungle animal adventure. Seemed too touristy.


Ramon was a great guide - we learned a lot during the tour and really enjoyed being in the rainforest and seeing the bridges.


Excellent and knowledgeable guide, a very pleasant tour.


This place is beautiful. Our guide was very informative and fun.


Not my favorite type of experience. No mention anywhere about type of shoe required


We were "forgotten" for our pickup time- we called, and another van was dispatched to collect us, so we were 45 mins late joining the tour. We felt bad because we delayed everyone else, although it was not our fault. Can't say enough positive things about our guide, Pierre. he was absolutely brilliant. A fantastic tour.


Guide was very good pacing the tour to accommodate the wide range of ages in the group. Made sure we saw all types of things--including ants! Facilities were some of the nicest I have ever seen at a tourist attraction.


great tour our guide was like a walking encyclopedia just wish we would have seen more wild life but once again the views are amazing.


We hoped to see more wildlife, especially birds; but we still saw lots of beauty.


This was a wonderful tour, hike. Very informative.


I probably wouldn't recommend this tour because the groups are too large and diverse (3 languages for each comment from the guide - why not have groups per language?) If doing this walk by myself I would have gone much faster and enjoyed it just as much.


This was beautiful. It rained that day but still it was a great experience. Our guide was very great too.


Guide seemed to be new and have a rather rehearsed presentation. I could have done with a few less hanging bridges.


The tour guide was very knowledgeable. Overall we enjoyed the tour. However, we shared the tour with a couple who spoke only French. So the tour was given in French and English. As a result the tour took very long. By the time it finished we were tired.


Was good, beautiful surroundings and views. Guide was good, didn't see much unusual but enjoyed the tour.


very interesting hike


Expecting old type hanging bridges, disappointing they are new and metal. Guide was very knowledgeable on plant life - but we would have preferred a little less sharing. I was still a good tour, just had different expectation.


We didn't end up seeing a lot of animals but that cannot be controlled.


The guide was fabulous which made it an overall great experience.


Bridges were not as impressive as expected, guide was just ok.


This was my favorite tour of the whole trip!


We loved the Hanging Bridges tour!!


Great guide, super views,very interesting to visit


It was better than expected. The guide was very good and it was a nice experience.


The only thing I would have changed was that I had more time taking pictures, recording etc. The guide seemed to be in a rush at times even though there was only one other guest outside of our group; a total of 3. This was the one tour where I had the least amount of pictures to look at. The Hanging Bridges was thrilling for me since I had never been on a suspended bridge that high. I found it to be scary! The park was very nice and photogenic.


excellent guide and tour. thoroughly enjoyed it!


It was nice to have a paved walk & enjoyed the tour. Angie's English wasn't quite as good as some, or maybe it was because she had a pretty thick accent & spoke fast. Slowing down would help. She also answered some questions with very vague answers ("that was a bird", "howler monkeys can be heard from some distance" - we had learned from Jason it was 3 miles).


Alfonso was very knowledgeable, excellent guide.


Gabriel our guide was wonderful! He took his time with us and was very informative as well as enthusiastic! Loved him and the driver!


No ones fault that it rained most of the time so we didn't get to see as much wildlife as I had hoped. I think the guide was in a bit of a hurry to get through because of the rain.


Despite the rain, it was an amazing tour. The guide (Alfonso?) was extremely knowledgeable, kind, and helpful.


My grandson loved it. I found it a little difficult because of all the climbing. The constant rain didn't hamper us and I certainly did not need the hiking boots which were recommended.


It rained the entire time, which obviously nothing could be done about, however the guide Yarenis was very good. We were surprised that it was a private tour as it was only my wife and I. That was wonderful.


Our tour guide, Christian, was amazing! His knowledge and enthusiasm made the tour very special for us.


No real complaint. Rosa was a great guide, friendly, informative, sweet. It was beautiful. We had an expectation that we would see more wildlife. Saw very little wildlife, but learned lots about the ecosystem, plant life, etc.


It lacked a little in seeing animals but the tour guide was awesome


We had a good time. This company did a great job. The guide was very knowledgable and pointed out a lot of things for us to see. She was very patient with us as we were taking pictures at every bridge.


We had an amazing time on this tour! We saw so many animals, and our guide, Gabriel, was terrific. One of the highlights of our trip.


Used a subcontracted van driver which was okay overall. Guide hurried through the area at times so we didn't have a chance to see as much as we had hoped.


Everything was great: the tour guide was very informative and fun and our group was entertaining. Fabulous day in the forest...


Our tour guide Rosa was very knowledgeable. We had an amazing time and saw a lot of animals!


We were disappointed not to see more wild life on this trip. However, the view of the rainforest from the canopy is undeniably unique.


Everything went very smooth. Jungle was so nice!!


No wildlife at all on this experience. The guide said they get really see anything because too many people


A very enjoyable experience. Glad we went.


I was hoping to see more animals, but I realize that is completely out of the control of the guide.


In fairness, it was raining, but guide could hardly wait to get out of there. He talked only to one or two people at "front " of the line and quickly walked along the path. Questions about fauna, not answered (did not know answers?) or was just wanting to get leave the area as soon as possible?


The guide was very knowledgeable - spoke a couple different languages.


Guide was great as was the hike.


Not quite sure what I expected, so I only rated it as a 5. The guide was knowledgeable but too soft spoken on this particular trip and didn't wait for the people at the back of the group. Probably just the people we were with, but they seemed to take over all the attractions.


This was a bigger tour than we'd had , so we needed to get used to so many people - and that the area was crowded with tourists. I was delighted to see the natural beauty of the place and be in the canopy.


beautiful scenery but no animals or birds at all