With three days in San Jose, you can relax into the city’s natural rhythm, which blends the sounds of tropical birdsong, bustling markets, and salsa beats. You’ll have plenty of time to take in the key sights, including Costa Rica’s lush rain forest, volcanic peaks, and coffee farms. Here’s how.
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Mon - Sun 7:30am - 4:30pm
Arenal Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna, Alajuela
While it’s possible to visit Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges on your own, since the winding paths are well-marked, it’s recommended to go on a guided adventure led by a local naturalist who will point out birds, plants, and animals such as monkeys and sloths you would otherwise miss. Some of the 16 bridges are suspended high above gorges and others stretch far across jungle floors. Four trail options (main trail, waterfall trail, accessible trail, bird-watching) help make the park feel less crowded and allow you to choose your way according to physical abilities and interest.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges is an ideal place for lovers of wildlife and natural landscapes.
- Entrance fee is required.
- Tickets are discounted for students and free for children.
- Wear appropriate clothing for the jungle, including long sleeves and pants.
- Open-toe shoes and sandals are not permitted.
- Do not stray off the path or seek close interaction with wildlife.
- Reservations are required.
- Bring water, sun protection, and insect repellent.
How to Get There
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges is located in Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, about a 3-hour drive from San José and about 12 miles (20 kilometers) east of La Fortuna. The entrance is next to the dam wall of Lake Arenal. Most travelers arrive as part of a tour, by car,xa0or by taxi—bus transportation is not reliable. If taking a taxi, arrange your return beforehand.
When to Get There
The park is open daily from early morning until the late afternoon. Peak season in Costa Rica is from mid-December to April during the dry season. During the rainy season, from May through November, the paths may be a bit muddy, though there’s the added benefit of seeing the jungle at its most green and wildlife at their most abundant and active.
Attractions Nearby Beyond the hiking paths into the jungle and the hanging bridges, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges offers a horseback riding tour and a canyoning tour. If you have the time to explore stay to the west of La Fortuna and venture to neighboring attractions such as the Arenal Volcano National Park, the 1968 Trail, the Silencio Trail, the Arenal Sky Adventures Park, and the gorgeous natural hot springs there.
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