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“Spectacular volcano view”

Arenal Hanging Bridges
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$69.00*
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Arenal Hanging Bridges Hiking Tour
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$115.00*
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Class II-III Rafting and Hanging Bridges from La Fortuna
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Hanging Bridges Walking Tour in Arenal
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed August 2, 2013

We really enjoyed this activity. I think it would be the perfect first day in Costa Rica adventure. It is not too strenuous, as long as you have good shoes for the uneven paving stones. We all did the tour without trouble. (Middle aged parents, kids ages 10, 13, 17, and 19). The vantage point of the volcano at the beginning where you pay admission was the best I could imagine. We saw a macaw, a lizard, a toucan, some hummingbirds and butterflies. I would've liked having a tour guide, but I also enjoyed exploring this at our own pace.

I think this would be a good activity for kids ages 6 and up.

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Reviewed July 31, 2013

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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Reviewed July 31, 2013

This is a fun experience for the whole family. Most of the time, we were alone on the trails, so it wasn't overcrowded with a lot of people. We did not use a guide, and did fine without one. We saw Howler Monkeys and Spider Monkeys, and a poison dart frog, and birds. Wear sturdy shoes, no sandals, as the path has pavers on it and can be uneven at times, and if it rains, can be a little bit muddy. The bridges are awesome, and on the very first bridge, there was a howler monkey sitting right on the bridge handrails. I don't remember how much we paid to enter, but it was definitely worth it.

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

I think we paid $48 for two adults (kids twelve and under were free). To save some money (and because we didn't plan this in advance), we did this hike without a guide since we had guided rainforest hikes elsewhere on this trip. We still wound up seeing a family of howler monkeys, peccaries, and many birds and butterflies (including the blue morpho) but I have no doubt we would have seen more with a guide. That's OK, saving a little money is important too -- BUT just make sure you have one or two guided tours elsewhere so you can see the frogs, lizards, slots etc. Walking across the hanging bridges was amazing -- seeing the rainforest (and Arenal) with a new perspective was well worth it.

The hike itself has lots of concrete 'grids' that help hold the soil in place and keep the plants from taking over. This makes for awkward hiking if you don't have on sturdy shoes, so make sure to leave the flip-flops at home. We ate a nice lunch onsite at the end of the trial and got to see Arenal without cloud cover. :-)

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

we did the bridges in the morning and it was a really cool experience. during the wak we saw monkies, birds, a poison dart frog and a tarantula. there is a trail that leads down to the waterfall and i would recommend doing this. it isn't that far and puts you right at the base of the falls. the concrete pavers they have on the trails can be a little difficult to walk on. you definitely need to wear sturdy shoes.

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