Starting at $50 per night

Overview

If you would like a leisurely hike though the forest canopy and want to learn all about what lives there, then this is the hike for you. Compared to the extreme zip line adventures, here you are encouraged to go slow, listen and look at the exquisite details of life in the forest. Because this is a guided tour, your attention will be directed to a myriad of beautiful tiny orchids, interesting bugs, the sound of a bird call and perhaps a family of monkeys.

You will cross over 8 hanging bridges at varying heights within and above the giant trees that make up the cloud forest canopy. The five feet wide suspended bridges were built to the highest standards of safety recognized by Costa Rica’s College of Architects and Engineers. With genuine concern for this irreplaceable environment, construction of the bridges was performed off site, then each piece was brought in and assembled in place without damaging the delicate balance of existing flora and fauna. They are safe and secure and do not sway in the wind. Most people with a fear of heights have felt surprisingly at ease when crossing over the bridges and looking out at the magnificent sights surrounding them.

Some of the hanging bridges provide views from within the canopy and some from high above looking down. Then there are some where you will be very close to the uppermost part of the trees like a bird perched on the highest branch. The course allows you to explore the forest from differing heights, altering your perspective and relationship to the size of this venerable old growth forest and what lives within.

The almost two mile trail connecting the bridges is mostly flat with only short periods of climbing required. The pathways are comprised of embedded lattice concrete blocks for enhanced traction and ease of walking. People of all ages and physical conditions typically find this unhurried hike comfortable and enjoyable. Occasional benches are available for contemplation.

The expert guides are passionate about sharing their experience of the area’s abundant biological treasures with you. With a wealth of local knowledge they are very observant and will find the wildlife that is available to you at the moment.

Here you will be among the largest concentration of orchids in the world. Rare ferns and epiphytes abound as does the clever camouflage of insects maintaining their protection from potential predators. Exceptional birding opportunities are found in this locale and, if you are lucky, you may encounter an occasional monkey or family of monkeys.

High up on the continental divide, this private reserve shares the same corridor as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve. Ninety percent of the trails you’ll be walking on are in virgin cloud forest woodlands. The possibilities for what you might see are endless. Take the time to go slow and absorb the atmosphere of this enchanted setting. Costa Rica creates memories and your guide will ensure you take a few home with you from your visit to this remarkable rain forest.

The half day tour includes round trip transportation from the Monteverde area, naturalist guide, and park entrance fee.

What to Bring

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

Location and Availability

The Hanging Bridges Guided Hike - Selvatura is available from Monteverde

Tour Times

  • 8:00am
  • 10:30am
  • 12:30pm
  • 2:00pm

Tour Type

  • Canopy Bridges

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

Location

Latitude: N 10°20'33.26". Longitude: W 85°12'4.66"

Reviews

  • Overall 90.9% (208 Guest Ratings)
  • Experience: 90.5%
  • Expectations: 89.3%
  • Guides: 92.5%
  • Logistics: 91.3%
  • Value: 91.8%

07/17/2017

It started raining towards the end, like torrential rain and so all we could do is run to get off the metal bridges and back, beautiful though and would go back. Saw some monkeys and an owl.

07/12/2017

A great tour - I think we were lucky because there was very little cloud and the walk was not busy at all. We had a guide all to ourselves who spotted birds and animals that we would never have seen without him pointing them out. A great place for families for a day out as there is lots to do and it is well organized.

06/21/2017

Good guide

04/21/2017

Fun tour even through the bridges were a bit terrifying. There was a loud group ahead of us so we had little chance of seeing any wildlife. We felt a little rushed through but honestly we could have gone back through on our own too.

03/17/2017

Our guide knew where to look and went out of his way to set up his scope for bird viewing, et. Our group was a decent size of about 10 people. I saw a group of 30...way too many and not all guides have a large magnify scope so you can see the birds, et better. Ours did!!

03/12/2017

would have loved more time here but we had to leave immediately after the walk in order to catch the ride all the way back to our hotel that left in time for us to catch our next pick-up

03/04/2017

Best part of the trip. The guide was amazing.

02/27/2017

able to substitute several activities for my wife who did not do the hanging bridges. Her guide was very good and mine likewise

02/24/2017

Excellent guide

02/20/2017

Juan Carlos was wonderful!

02/16/2017

Our guide was so great and the surroundings beautiful. I think it would be great to go on the hike right at dawn.

02/05/2017

So worth it.

02/04/2017

Our guide was extremely knowledgeable, learned a lot about local trees, plants. He did find a tarantula hiding in a hole. That was unfortunately all the wild life we got to see. It is a beautiful park and we did enjoy the views.

01/15/2017

Awesome. Great guide again.

12/23/2016

Outstanding guide

11/23/2016

This was the most awesome part of our whole trip. Our guide was friendly and very knowledgeable. A fun time even though we got drenched!!

11/12/2016

A perfect first tour. Highly recommend it before the night walks or more focused Ag tours: Coffee or Sugar tours. Gave a great overview of the Selva. Transportation to and from the hotel was flawless even though our tour ran over time.

09/17/2016

very nice tour, very good guide

08/21/2016

Fantastic experience in this stunning cloud forest which was really enhanced by the guide's experience and interesting information.

08/18/2016

beyond imigination good

07/12/2016

I loved this activity! What a lovely walk, a lovely experience, a superb guide!!!! Hector was incredible! He was kind, passionate, honest, and told us that this was more to look at and understand flora, rather than fauna. It was a breathtaking hike, and I learned so much, and really appreciated the beauty of the jungle through Hector's eyes. What a terrific guide, who is passionate, good at his job, and really there to help you feel and understand nature,

07/05/2016

there is a lot to see, we took a lot of pictures i wont be using them all

07/03/2016

Our guide (Hector?) was truly amazing! So knowledgable and very passionate about his job. We learned and saw a ton with him - fantastic!

07/02/2016

It was pouring rain the entire time. This made it difficult to enjoy the scenery. The tour guide was very informational.

05/28/2016

Enjoyed the tour. Looking over tree tops was amazing. Heard and then saw Howler Monkeys. The guide brought a special scope so we could see birds, etc. up close. He even took pictures with our cameras using it so we got clear, bright pictures of the birds. It was amazing how he could spot wildlife.

03/28/2016

Park bridges were great. Guide was superb and really took time to involve the children. Only wish is that if you already have vouchers you can bypass the general line at the park office. That took 25 minutes when we already had prepaid vouchers.

03/18/2016

Great tour. Great guide

03/09/2016

the only thing missing was the mist and rain! we had great weather although not typical apparently.

03/08/2016

Loved it....

03/03/2016

Loved it. The hike was awesome. Set at a great time, in the morning, so that it wasn't too hot. Also, during this tour, if we decided to stay and enjoy lunch, they had transportation coming and going at different times so that we could go back to the hotel without getting a taxi.

02/17/2016

another great experience....only one other couple and the guide so very one on one with the guide
He is VERY good at what he does

02/16/2016

I was disappointed
that we saw such limited Wildlife.

02/14/2016

great guide. we really liked him. super knowledgeable and friendly.

02/01/2016

I was hoping for some of the old wood bridges. Thank goodness that the canyoneering had one.

01/22/2016

Certainly able to understand some of the impacts of global warming as part of this tour. The guide was very knowledgeable.

01/17/2016

Great guide!

01/12/2016

Sorry, but this did not meet our expectations, this was more like an amusement park in the cloud forest. The guide talked constantly about personal things rather than relating natural history about the place. We felt that we could have walked the bridges, like everyone else, and gotten more out of it. The best experience about the whole tour was hummingbirds sitting on our fingers to eat. I would not have been as disappointed if I had been warned about how commercialized it was, I may have chosen Monte Verde Cloud Forest instead.

01/05/2016

Great if you want to see a lot of green rain forest. The views of the rain forest were great but they did start to get old after a while. The group of people should have been smaller given our guide's speaking as he simply refused to raise his voice so if you weren't right next to him you couldn't hear what he was saying. Not so great if you expected to see a lot of animals, birds and butterflies like I did.

12/30/2015

Learned a lot about the jungle - went to see the hummingbirds before going over the bridges

12/28/2015

We added the Don Juan coffee and chocolate tour this day too. It was excellent. The tour guide was the best of our whole trip.

12/24/2015

There is no point in running this tour in the late afternoon as there is nothing to see at that hour. Run it first thing in the morning or not at all.

12/21/2015

Tour guide was very friendly and knowledgeable.

12/16/2015

Guide was excellent and very knowledgeable.

12/03/2015

I was very disappointed in the lack of any wildlife. The guide was helpful, but he spent a lot of time trying to locate a bird. He later found a snake that was along the path. We marveled at the bridges and wondered how they were erected in the first place

11/07/2015

Our guide Adam was fantastic!

10/07/2015

This guide knew this plants and the tour was a lot of fun!

08/26/2015

I would recommend highly

07/27/2015

While the bridges were an exciting way to venture the cloud forest we probably could have taken this tour on our own. It is mostly for lovers. Because it was a rainy day we didn't see many birds. However, the views were spectacular. We stayed in the park and ate lunch and visited the Hummingbird Gardens which were phenomenal!

06/20/2015

Again not such good weather but the guide was great at finding and describing everything

06/07/2015

Beautiful place. Tour guide was great. He just wasn't as great as the previous two who had spoiled us. They are tough acts to follow though.

05/06/2015

SO glad I went on this! Hiking level and pace was appropriate. Our guide was excellent! We saw everything! He did such a good job of finding the birds, getting us pics, etc. What a gorgeous place! I am so glad we went to this area. I would go back to this area again and explore more of what they have.

05/02/2015

The guide and experience was phenomenal. This was our highlight for Monteverde.

04/14/2015

Loved it! Bus to Selvatura.was awful. Very old and no shocks so really felt the bumps sitting at back of bus.

03/25/2015

Enjoyed the relaxing walk though the green paradise at a leisurely pace and crossing the hanging bridges was fun. guide took good care of the group.

03/21/2015

Hector was fantastic! We learned tons and even saw a Quetzal bird! Lovely lunch at the hotel there after.

03/07/2015

TRULY PERFECT!

03/05/2015

Another amazing tour. Hector, our guide, was so knowledgeable, enthusiastic and considerate. Super experience!

02/11/2015

The guide was very knowledgeable however my wife and I were a little disappointed on not seeing very many birds, animals or insects. The trees, undergrowth and views were all pretty good. To be honest, though we didn't see a lot of birds anywhere in Costa Rica. For some reason we expected to see them everywhere. I guess our expectations were a little high.

12/21/2014

The only disappointment was that we did not manage to see a quetzal, although the guide spent a good amount of time trying to find them.

12/10/2014

Excellent guide. Not a lot of birds due to afternoon and tough weather, but the guide made up for it with natural history, plants, and insects.

11/09/2014

We loved the Hanging Bridges tour.