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Which Costa Rica Hanging Bridges Are The Best? Comparing 4 Popular Hanging Bridge Sites In Arenal And Monteverde.

Which Costa Rica Hanging Bridges Are The Best? Comparing 4 Popular Hanging Bridge Sites In Arenal And Monteverde.

UPDATED: 2017

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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 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 Sky Adventures Arenal, the Arenal Hanging Bridges, Sky Adventures Monteverde, and Selvatura) 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).

Here comes the disclaimer! As we mentioned in our related canopy tour post, unfortunately it is not possible for us to identify one of the following options as ‘the best hanging bridges site’. 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 – instead we aim to provide the facts so travellers can quickly and easily decide for themselves which option is best according to their individual desires, needs, and evaluation.

ARENAL HANGING BRIDGE SITES

Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour - Sky Adventures Arenal
Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour at Sky Adventures’ Arenal Park

Sky Adventures’ Arenal Park

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 on-site 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 on-site? 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 on-site 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)

Arenal Hanging Bridges
Arenal Hanging Bridges at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

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 on-site 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 on-site? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: the Arenal Hanging Bridges pass by one waterfall; visitors may purchase on-site 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)

Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour - Sky Adventures Monteverde
Sky Walk Hanging Bridges Tour at Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park

MONTEVERDE HANGING BRIDGE SITES

Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park

Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate ten-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The on-site 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 on-site? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: visitors at Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park can visit the on-site hummingbird garden for free; visitors may purchase on-site 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)

Hanging Bridges - Selvatura
The Treetop Hanging Bridges at Selvatura Park

Selvatura Park

Selvatura Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate fifteen-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The on-site hanging bridges (called the “Treetop Hanging Bridges”) offer an approximate two-hour hike along a series of suspension bridges. The Treetop Hanging Bridges may also be combined with Selvatura’s Canopy Ziplining Tour with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable (Monteverde), Herpetarium Visit (Monteverde), Butterfly Garden Visit (Monteverde), and/or 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 on-site? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: visitors may purchase on-site 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)

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

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