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The Best Hanging Bridges Costa Rica: Comparing 4 Popular Hanging Bridges In Arenal And Monteverde

The Best Hanging Bridges Costa Rica: Comparing 4 Popular Hanging Bridges In Arenal And Monteverde

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THE BEST HANGING BRIDGES COSTA RICA: NARROWING DOWN THE CHOICES

You asked, we answered! As a follow-up to our post Which Costa Rica Zipline Is The Best? Comparing 6 Popular Canopy Tours in Arenal and Monteverde, we are delving into the question “which hanging bridges Costa Rica are the best?” and taking a look at some of Costa Rica’s most popular hanging bridge tour sites. Many of these sites are located in the Arenal and Monteverde areas of the country, so we will focus our attention on tours run to/from these two destinations.

Specifically, we have chosen four of the most popular tour experiences available in the Arenal and Monteverde areas (including those provided by the Sky Adventures Arenal Park, the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, the Sky Adventures Monteverde Park, and the Selvatura Park) so that we could note some similarities and differences between each according to a number of important factors (such as the number of bridges offered, the minimum age limit to participate in the tour, whether or not transportation is included, whether or not the hanging bridges experience is guided or self-guided, and extra features available such as lookout points, waterfalls, and more).

As we allude to in our related canopy tour (zipline) post, when asked “which hanging bridges Costa Rica are the best?”, it is impossible for us to identify one over the others in response without imposing our own bias. Throughout our experience working with clients from all over the world, we understand that each traveller (and the experience he/she is looking to have) is different. For this reason, we could not attempt to determine what is best for travellers (although we have drawn our own conclusion and answered the question “which Costa Rica hanging bridges are the best?” for ourselves); so in this blog post, we aim simply to be able to provide the facts, so travellers can quickly and easily decide for themselves which option is “the best” according to their individual desires, needs, and valuation.

THE SKY ADVENTURES ARENAL PARK

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Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour at Sky Adventures’ Arenal Park

The best hanging bridges Costa Rica: Are they the Sky Walk hanging bridges at the Sky Adventures Arenal Park?

The Sky Adventures Arenal Park is located outside of La Fortuna/Arenal (in nearby El Castillo)–an approximate twenty-five-minute drive from downtown La Fortuna. The onsite hanging bridges (called the “Sky Walk Hanging Bridges“) offer an approximate three-hour hike along a series of suspension bridges. The Sky Walk Hanging Bridges may also be combined with Sky Adventures’ Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride (La Fortuna/Arenal) and/or the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal).

  • Number of bridges: eight in total (four of which are hanging/suspension bridges)
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? Yes; see the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (La Fortuna/Arenal) option
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; breakfast and lunch served
  • Special features: the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges include visits to two observation platforms and passes by two waterfalls; visitors may purchase onsite a “Sky Picture” and/or a “Sky Movie” as tour souvenirs
  • Minimum age for participation: N/A–all travellers are allowed to participate in this tour
  • Transportation to/from La Fortuna/Arenal hotels available? Yes; however Sky Adventures does not automatically include round-trip transportation in their tour rates (round-trip transportation may be added to any reservation for an extra fee)
Don’t miss our Sky Adventures Arenal Park Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour savings:

Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal)

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal)

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride, Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour, & Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (La Fortuna/Arenal)

Sky Walk Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (La Fortuna/Arenal)

MAP OF THE SKY ADVENTURES ARENAL PARK


THE MISTICO ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES PARK

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Arenal Hanging Bridges at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

The best hanging bridges Costa Rica: Are they the hanging bridges at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park (formerly known as the Arenal Hanging Bridges)?

The Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park is located outside of La Fortuna/Arenal–an approximate fifteen-minute drive from downtown La Fortuna. The onsite hanging bridges (called the “Arenal Hanging Bridges“) offer an approximate two-hour hike along a series of suspension bridges. The Arenal Hanging Bridges also provide an opportunity to tour the bridges first thing in the am as part of an early morning birdwatching tour.

  • Number of bridges: sixteen in total (six of which are hanging/suspension bridges)
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) option A, B, or C
  • Self-guided tour option available? Yes; see the Arenal Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (La Fortuna/Arenal) option
  • Night tour option available? Yes
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: the Arenal Hanging Bridges pass by one waterfall; visitors may purchase onsite a photography service including a printed colour photo and/or a photo CD
  • Minimum age for participation: N/A–all travellers are allowed to participate in this tour
  • Transportation to/from La Fortuna/Arenal hotels available? Yes; however the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park does not automatically include round-trip transportation in their tour rates (round-trip transportation may be added to any reservation for an extra fee)
Don’t miss our Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park Hanging Bridges Tour savings:

Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) – option A

Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) – option B

Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) – option C

Night Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal)

Birdwatching Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal)

Arenal Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (La Fortuna/Arenal)

MAP OF THE MISTICO ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES PARK


THE SKY ADVENTURES MONTEVERDE PARK

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Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour at Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park

The best hanging bridges Costa Rica: Are they the Sky Walk hanging bridges at the Sky Adventures Monteverde Park?

The Sky Adventures Monteverde Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate ten-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The onsite hanging bridges (called the “Sky Walk Hanging Bridges“) offer an approximate two-hour hike along a series of suspension bridges. The Sky Walk Hanging Bridges may also be combined with Sky Adventures’ Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride (Monteverde), the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (Monteverde), and/or the Herpetarium Tour (Monteverde).

  • Number of bridges: five in total (all five of which are hanging/suspension bridges)
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? Yes; see the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (Monteverde) option
  • Night tour option available? Yes
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: visitors at Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park can visit the onsite hummingbird garden for free; visitors may purchase onsite a “Sky Picture” and/or a “Sky Movie” as tour souvenirs
  • Minimum age for participation: N/A–all travellers are allowed to participate in this tour
  • Transportation to/from Monteverde hotels available? Yes; however Sky Adventures does not automatically include round-trip transportation in their tour rates (round-trip transportation may be added to any reservation for an extra fee)
Don’t miss our Sky Adventures Monteverde Park Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour savings:

Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde)

Night Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde)

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde)

Sunset Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Night Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde)

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride, Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour, & Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (Monteverde)

Sky Walk Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (Monteverde)

MAP OF THE SKY ADVENTURES MONTEVERDE PARK


THE SELVATURA PARK

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The Treetop Hanging Bridges at Selvatura Park

The best hanging bridges Costa Rica: Are they the Treetop Walkways hanging bridges at the Selvatura Park?

The Selvatura Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate fifteen-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The onsite hanging bridges (called the “Treetop Walkways Hanging Bridges“) offer an approximate two-hour hike along a series of suspension bridges. The Treetop Hanging Bridges may also be combined with the Selvatura’s Canopy Ziplining Tour with Optional Tarzan Swing and Optional Superman Cable (Monteverde), a Herpetarium Tour (Monteverde), a Butterfly Garden Tour (Monteverde), and/or a Hummingbird Garden Visit (Monteverde).

  • Number of bridges: eight in total (all eight of which are hanging/suspension bridges)
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Treetop Walkways Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? Yes; see the Treetop Walkways Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (Monteverde) option
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: visitors may purchase onsite a photo CD as a tour souvenir
  • Minimum age for participation: N/A–all travellers are allowed to participate in this tour
  • Transportation to/from Monteverde hotels available? Yes; Selvatura automatically includes round-trip transportation in their tour rates
Don’t miss our Selvatura Park Hanging Bridges Tour savings:

Treetop Walkways Guided Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde)

Treetop Walkways Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only (Monteverde)

Canopy Ziplining Tour (with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable) & Treetop Walkways Guided Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (Monteverde)

Canopy Ziplining Tour (with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable) & Treetop Walkways Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only Combo (Monteverde)

MAP OF THE SELVATURA PARK


QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Have you experienced one of the above mentioned hanging bridge sites? What did you think?

Pura vida!

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25 thoughts on “The Best Hanging Bridges Costa Rica: Comparing 4 Popular Hanging Bridges In Arenal And Monteverde”

  • We were in CR in 2012 and went to the Dante suspension bridge at Arenal. What an experience that was in what can only be described as paradise on earth. I’ve decided to commit a page on my blog to our trip because of the impact CR had on us. Thanks for helping others find their path there! Pura Vida!

  • HI, thanks for following my blog, which brought me here. You have a wonderfully informative and inspiring collection of posts here – love the photos of the hanging bridges! Cheers!

  • Thank you for stopping by my blog and becoming a new follower. I have never visited Costa Rica but your pictures certainly make me want to add it to my travel list.

  • Thank you for following my blog. I appreciate it.

    I looked over this blog and noticed that a bridge looked familiar to me. I went on a cruise to the Panama Canal last year and we did take a trip through the rain forest and crossed a bridge similar to the one you posted. It wasn’t as high though. Heights are scary to me. I enjoyed the trip immensely though.

  • I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you make this website yourself or
    did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to construct my own blog and
    would like to know where u got this from. cheers

  • Thank you so much for this blog! It’s helping me immensely to plan our trip.

    Couple of questions: Can you walk any of these hanging bridges (or any others in the area) for free? We don’t need a guide. I just want to see and photograph wildlife. Along those lines, which hanging bridge or area has the most wildlife to photograph?

    Thanks in advance for any help!

    • Qikese –
      Thank you so much for the kind compliment! We are glad to hear that you find the site helpful. 🙂
      For the hanging bridges, all of those that we list above charge an entrance fee so unfortunately none are free. This being said, if you opt not to visit with a guide you can just as easily visit on your own by paying the entrance fee and walking through the bridges by yourself. The following are the current (January 2014) entrance fees for the four hanging bridge sites listed above:

      Sky Adventures Arenal: $24/adult
      *transportation is not included – it can be added on for an additional $14 per person to/from La Fortuna hotels if required (additional fees apply for non-La Fortuna hotels)

      Arenal Hanging Bridges: $24/adult
      *transportation is not included – it can be added on for an additional $14 per person to/from La Fortuna hotels if required (additional fees apply for non-La Fortuna hotels)

      Sky Adventures Monteverde: $23/adult
      *transportation is not included – it can be added on for an additional $4 or $6.50 per person to/from Monteverde hotels (exact cost depends on the hotel’s location)

      Selvatura: $30/adult
      *transportation is included

      In regards to wildlife, this entirely depends on the time of day and year that you plan to visit, however we have had the best spotting luck at Sky Adventures’ Monteverde hanging bridges.

      For guided tours (if you are open to these), we highly recommend them. You may be interested in reading our related post Guided Tours In Costa Rica: Are They Necessary, Valuable, And/Or Worthwhile? to learn when and where guides can make a world of difference.

      For discounts for both guided and un-guided (entrance fee only) hanging bridge visits, don’t miss the following:
      http://puravidaeh.ca/category/costa-rica-tour-discounts/hanging-bridges/
      Pura vida! 🙂

  • I’m bringing my parents (80 and 90 years old) to Costa Rica in December. Would really like to visit hanging bridges. Can you advise if any of the hanging bridge tours is good for elderly? We may have to do a private tour as they can’t walk fast to catch up with others. If the hike is too steep, I don’t think they will able to do it.

    • Josie –

      Great question! Perhaps I will begin by asking whether you plan to visit the La Fortuna (Arenal) region during your trip. If so, we would recommend considering a tour of the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park hanging bridges. While we love the hanging bridges at the Sky Adventures Park in La Fortuna/Arenal, the Sky Adventures Adventure Park in Monteverde, and the Selvatura Park Treetop Walkways hanging bridges, neither of these three hanging bridge site options are as accessible as the bridges offered at the Mistico Park.

      At the Mistico Park, a variety of hanging bridge trails are offered, including an “accessible trail” that is more suitable for elderly travellers and/or travellers with disabilities. Although the accessible trail skips more than half of the park’s bridges, it offers a shorter tour (in duration) and bypasses the highest part of the park (the accessible trail’s slope is less than half of the regular trail’s slope). As a side note, the Mistico Park offers flat trails without steps, non-slip material, and guardrails to hold on to along the way.

      As for a guided tour, a private tour is always an option (albeit, a more expensive option). Alternatively, you may opt to tour the bridges on your own and skip the guide altogether. If you see the benefit in having a guide (feel free to evaluate this for yourself using the information we provide in our related blog post Costa Rica Guided Tours: Are They Necessary, Valuable, And/Or Worthwhile), ask your tour operator whether they would mind providing a tour of the accessible trail for your family; if they have other people who have booked the same group tour as you (who will likely want to walk the site’s regular trail which includes the majority of bridges), perhaps they can allow a second tour guide to accompany the group who will only go so far as the end of the accessible trail with you, to avoid your family needing to participate in the entire experience.

      One last thought… make sure the elderly members of your family are comfortable with heights and swaying bridges. Many elderly travellers have a fear of heights and/or balance control issues; if this is the case for members of your family, perhaps skipping the hanging bridges altogether would be best.

      Pura vida! 🙂

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