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Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano National Park

The Basics

A hike through the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park in sunny weather is a perfect way to spend several hours viewing and photographing the area’s flora and fauna. The life of the rain forest largely takes place overhead, in the thick canopy of jungle and sunlight.

Wander through the thick vegetation on well-marked trails on your own, or join a guided tour focused on plants, birds, and animals—or more adventurous pursuits. An early morning birding tour is the best way to expand your bird list, with more than 60 species spotted regularly in this protected wilderness. Also look for families of monkeys swinging through the air and lazy sloths lounging among tree limbs. For a unique view of the forest, sign up for a night walk. Some guided tours combine a visit to the park with stops at Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, Lake Arenal, and the nearby Tabacon Hot Springs.

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Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
$150.00 per adult
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Great tour!
I loved this tour. The guide and the driver were tremendous! I would recommend this company. They were in time to pick-up, they drive safely, they share a lot of knowledge during the tour, they took really nice pictures to you (a plus), and so on!
Raquel_S, Nov 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

star-5
Breathtaking
Ramon_D, Sep 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The tour guide was very kind, knowledgeable and shared interesting facts. Give this person a raise! Transportation was great and it followed COVID-19 protection guidelines. Be prepared to walk a lot. I’m happy with the experience. Would recommend 100%.
star-5
Exhilarating!
Linda_M, Oct 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
This was an awesome experience from the beginning to the end . The tour guide was very informative with a great sense of humor .
star-5
Gabriel is Awesome
Bentley_K, Oct 2021
Mistico Park Hanging Bridges Guided Tour
We had Gabriel as a tour guide. He did an amazing job. He was thorough, knowledgeable, and always noticed the animals on the path. My mom and I highly recommend him!
star-5
Hanging Bridges
Lisa_V, Oct 2021
Mistico Park Hanging Bridges Guided Tour
Beautiful walking adventure. Hanging bridges did not disappoint. It was a beautiful day to see monkeys, snakes, birds, and much more. Our guide was very knowledgeable and you could tell loved his job!
star-5
Must Do!!
Jairo_M, Sep 2021
Combo Tour Arenal: Hanging Bridges + Hot Springs + Waterfall from San José
Beautiful! Beautiful! Beautiful! This tour was unforgettable all thanks to Hayro! He was extremely informative and patient with us. We were able to see two different types of monkeys, toucan , humming birds, all type of wildlife. Everywhere we went/drove through, Hayro went into detail regarding the region and made many stops to take pictures. The Hot Springs were beautiful and had an amazing view of Volcan Arenal. If you are looking for a great tour this is the one!
star-5
Wonderful Day!
Daniel_P, Oct 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Erica and Hector were outstanding. They brought the area to life with personal stories and relevant facts.
star-5
An amazing experience in Arenal
Csar_E, Aug 2021
3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike
That experience was AMAZING. To buy this opcion was the best thing we could do to expend the day in Arenal. Our guide, Pedro, was amazing. He helped us to discover the most beautiful animals in the area. The lunch was amazing, they treated us as family and everything were delicious. Absolutely recommended.
star-5
Best way to see Arenal's biggest attractions
Lucas_G, Oct 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
This was such an awesome tour! Erika was so knowledgeable about local history, wildlife and flora. We got to see all of Arenal's main attractions in one day and this tour took care of all the rest.
star-5
Incredible Experience!
Rachel_S, Jun 2021
3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike
Carlos was absolutely AMAZING! He was super knowledgable and a very skilled explorer! The adventure felt very self paced, while learning, seeing and experiencing SO much of what this beautiful country has to offer. Incredible experience :)
star-5
Great experience
Zipporah_P, Jun 2021
Combo Tour Arenal: Hanging Bridges + Hot Springs + Waterfall from San José
It was a great experience! The rainforest and hot springs were so much fun! Hayro did an amazing job showing us around! He really goes above and beyond his job!
star-5
Tree top majesty
Guy_S, Jun 2021
Birdwatching Tour at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
We were gifted with repeated wonderful birding experiences. Particularly memorable was watching a toucan feeding on a a just caught anole, flocks of screeching parrots, and two tribes of spider monkeys rumbling in the canopy. Our guide was ver knowledgeable, and efficient, quickly setting up his spotting scope and helping us take pics with our cell phone camera thru his scope. Imho, the hanging bridges are an experience to not miss!
star-4
Be ready early! Night tour is a must!
Cord_T, Sep 2021
Nocturnal Walk in the Hanging Bridges
4 is only due to the mixup and the issue with the company getting there. They have departure at 6pm, and the departure was actually at 5:40, so we missed it, and they were able after some haggling to agree to take us the next day, but for an extra fee. The tour itself was fantastic. On a beautiful paved path. We took our time and really discovered tons of animals and plenty of insects. I'd definitely recommend the tour, just be ready at 5:30pm for hotel pickup otherwise you might end up in the same situation as us. Our guide spoke great English and was fantastic!

Know Before You Go

  • Closed-toe shoes are required in Mistico Park; wearing sandals is not permitted and you will be refused entry.

  • The Sal & Pimienta Restaurant, on the park grounds, is open daily from 7:30am to 4pm.

  • The rain forest is home to a hearty bug population; insect repellent is a good idea.

  • Children under 10 years old receive free admission.

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How to Get There

The hanging bridges are located five miles (eight kilometers) east of Tabacon and 12.5 miles (20 kilometers) from La Fortuna. Look for them just after the exit to El Castillo, on the lakefront road to Tilaran. Round-trip transportation from nearby hotels is available for an additional fee.

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When to Get There

General entry and guided tours take place Monday through Sunday from 7:30am to 4:30pm. Costa Rica’s rainy season is typically May through November; prime Arenal Volcano viewing time is September and October.

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Adventure Tours in Mistico Park

The adventure seeker in you will find plenty to keep busy at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. One option is a zorbing tour, which envelops you in a huge rubber ball in order to roll safely (if quickly) down a steep hill. Book a Paco’s Horses tour to ride through a remote pasture for epic views, or set out for Spider Monkey Canyon to rappel and zipline among the canyon’s striking natural features.

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