We did this hike without a guide around 11. We only saw a few other people the entire time we were there. I think most of the large tour groups go in the morning, so we were happy to miss them. We did see a few monkeys, birds, and insects on our own. I'm sure we would have seen a lot more with a guide. The bridges themselves are fantastic. We had a blast just walking across them and taking in the scenery. If you enjoy a moderate hike and great views, then this is the perfect activity for you. We had great views of the volcano when we were there. The restaurant there was pretty good if you are hungry after your hike. We went kayaking with Dasafio in the morning on Lake Arenal, which I would also recommend. We had them drop us off here after our tour instead of back at our hotel, which saved us a taxi ride and a lot of time.
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