Santa Elena Skywalk

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Santa Elena Skywalk
4.5
Historic Walking Areas • Bridges
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Half way between the town of Santa Elena and the Santa Elena Preserve the Sky Walk is located: This complex use trails, suspension bridges for a more tranquil introduction to the ecology and natives of the forest canopy, constructed within the cloud forest. It allows a vision of the forest from a different perspective which starts with a walk on the ground taking you up to explore the treetops, a hardly discovered habitat, called the “canopy” with a naturalist guide. Also discover the night wildlife at our Sky Walk Night Tour.
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Cory B
Puno, Peru7 contributions
Jul 2021
It was lovely, and the park has multiple activities, adventure activities like ziplines, a nature walk through the skybridges, a reptile and bird house. Our guide was nice, although maybe a little "going through the motions." I understand you can't always guarantee what wildlife will be visible, so most of our guides fall back on little facts about the plants, or overhyping a bird or a caterpillar as a major find. The walk was nice through some beautiful old forest, and bridges gave big sweeping views. Would definitely recommend. Definitely drive to their parking lot if you have a car, the shuttle was infrequent and tedious through every hotel stop.
Written July 29, 2021
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LGT1996
10 contributions
May 2020
This was great value for money. We got picked up from our B&B and only a short drive. Great day out, beautiful views and animals. Lovely thing to do with all the family. Would definitely reccomend to all.
Written September 23, 2020
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tommyfLondon
London, UK173 contributions
Mar 2020
This is the trip we had been looking forward to the most
The pick up time was 7am and the journey was long over the mountains with spectacular views
First stop was to a coffee farm very interesting and informative with plenty of different flavors to try on to the humming bird gardens and a chance to see the beauty of these birds all around you
The sky walk is truly amazing and i am scared of heights there are 8 bridges over the forest below the views are spectacular with a guide who was very informative about his country overall a great day and worth every penny
Written April 24, 2020
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15traveladdict9
Horsham, UK454 contributions
Mar 2020
The wildlife here is brilliant. The hanging bridges are secure and wel maintained. The variety of vegetation that surrounds you is mind blowing. The plants that we have as house plants here are enormous.
Written March 11, 2020
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Lolita Brache
2 contributions
Feb 2020
The Santa Elena Skywalk was a lovely experience. My daughter and I lived in Monteverde for three years in the early 90s. None of these "adventure tours" existed. We are a bit overwhelmed by the development, but wanted to check it out. . We chose Santa Elena skywalk because locals recommended it. We found it is quieter than others as the zip liners are separated from the canopy bridges and trails walks. I highly recommend paying for a guide at the reserve. you will have an expert and will see, hear and understand much more than doing the walk alone. People walked by our group and never saw the hummingbird on her nest or the howler in the tree. (unless we stopped them to share the joy).
I have seen here and elsewhere complaints about tours that are too big a group or lousy "guides". I would recommend NOT buying a tour that loads people up in a bus and drags you all around together. At least that's not my fav. Guides can be arranged once you are at the SkyWalk. They keep group sizes lower.
BTW I also recommend getting a local, Reserve guide at the Monteverde Reserve. There is NO WAY you will spot birds and animals much without one. unless you sneak around behind a guided group, or you are a tropical biologist.
Written February 17, 2020
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manonspot
Larkhall, UK940 contributions
Jan 2020
We picked the wrong day to go to skywalk as it poured non stop.To be honest it is not well organised,we were picked up in a minibus and took a tortuous road to get there.When bus stops a guy comes up and tells you to sign in,counter guy gives you tickets and points to trail,no info or anything,the walk is ok,the bridges good to see and to look over canopy but on a wet miserable day there isn't much to see as all the animals are sheltering from the rain.It took us an hour to do walk and we got back to reception at 12-00 to be told 1st bus back to town was 1-00pm.We decided to go and see the hummingbirds for a cost of 5 dollars each and turned out to be highlight of the day with these beautiful little birds flying around the feeders and landing on your hand if you put it out.back at reception it's a free for all to get on bus but fortunately we got on and got dropped off in town.
Written January 23, 2020
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Claire
Calgary745 contributions
Dec 2019
The Skywalk is easy and scenic; no guide necessary in my opinion.

A few words about the town itself: Santa Elena is a charming, quaint town in the Monteverde area of Costa Rica. Contrary to what I had read in several blogs/books, it does not go by ‘in the blink of an eye.’ It is central to this area and offers many amenities for both the locals and tourists. Do check out some of the many lovely local restaurants while in the area. Santa Elena is the gateway to many of the popular outdoor attractions in the area, including the Monteverde Natural Reserve, the Santa Elena Reserve, and the adventure parks.

Tip: we found it very difficult to park in Santa Elena itself. You will see a shopping mall perched up higher and where it is much easier to park, albeit with a rather short but steep walk up/down into the ‘downtown’ area. There is also a terrific local restaurant in the corner of this mall on the second level. Try the guacamole and chips. In contrast to the other dishes, the portion is relatively small so you will probably need your own rather than sharing.:)

It was a pleasant surprise to discover that the road into Santa Elena is now completely paved. We had read horror stories about the drive in, particularly the last 20-40 kilometres that were reputedly very bumpy and unpaved. This is entirely untrue and the road is completely paved all the way to the town. It is true that the last 20 kilometres or so are quite narrow, winding, and mountainous so it would probably be not a great idea to drive this stretch at night, as there are some serious drop offs with no guard rails. Besides, if you drove it at night, you would miss the amazing vistas along the way, where there are some pullouts for scenery gazing and photos.

Certainly there are some roads in the Santa Elena area that are still not paved, such as those going up to the Selvatura Park, but nothing that a 4X4 cannot handle.

If you are coming from the coastal areas as we were, it is absolutely true that the temperature drops at the higher elevation. This area also tends to be consistently windy. Even at temperatures of 20-22 Celsius, it felt on the cool side so appropriate clothes are in order.

BTW our experience driving a rental car both here and throughout Costa Rica was that Waze is terrific. Granted, sometimes the same name is used in different locales so you have to make sure you have right one but otherwise, there was nothing that Waze did not pick up. This was tremendously helpful in a country where the concept of addresses is rather ambiguous.
Written January 7, 2020
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Antsy2
Vancouver Island, Canada5 contributions
Dec 2019
Fantastic experience.....fresh air lots of birds and stunning views all around. We were on a group tour and this was an activity we chose to experience the terrific views and see some wildlife! Highly recommended! Pura Vida!
Written December 12, 2019
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Giles P
4 contributions
Aug 2019
Walking round the sky bridges is a nice experience and the guides are very knowledgeable. If you have any expectations of seeing wildlife, then drop those expectations - the only thing we saw in 2.5 hours was a Coati eating out of the bins at the entrance. It doesn't really justify the $40+ entrance fee per person. My recommendation would be to go to Manuel Antonio national park and see a lot more for half the cost.
Written August 12, 2019
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Surrey4
London, UK18 contributions
Jul 2019
We had a 1 and half hour guided tour round the bridges - it is not too strenuous as there is a lot of stopping to look at features. The guide was very good and it was informative about birds, plants, monkeys, snakes, construction of the bridges and future environmental impact.

Afterwards we could go round on our own.

Well worth a visit.
Written August 7, 2019
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