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Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

1. La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area, and travel to Arenal Volcano to hike the paths surrounding the mighty mountain. Get back to nature in Arenal Volcano National Park, where most of the 850 species of bird identified in Costa Rica can be found. Look out for other wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguars and deer. Marvel at the stunning landscapes of a secondary rainforest at the base of the park, and a primary rainforest with amazing biodiversity amongst the hanging bridges. Walk through the rainforest on a network of 15 suspension bridges of various levels of difficulty in Mistico Park. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall.

Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

2. Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

Visit the most important attractions of Arenal Volcano National Park and hike along a mountain trail to get magnificent views of the mighty mountain in safety. Hope for clear skies to see as far as Arenal Lake, the secondary forest, and the area devastated by previous eruptions.  Continue to the impressive waterfall of La Fortuna, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the cool waters or take pictures of its natural beauty. Stop at a restaurant near downtown La Fortuna for a delicious a la carte lunch. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to hike the trail high above the tree canopy. Cross 15 hanging and stationary bridges and look for the local wildlife along the way. End the day at the hot springs of your choice, with or without dinner. Get picked up after your meal for the drive back to your hotel. 

San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

3. San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

The day begins with pickup from San Jose, Alajuela, or Heredia and travels to the artistic town of Sarchi. Spend some time exploring and begin to appreciate the many arts and crafts that Costa Rica has to offer. You’ll also see the world’s largest ox cart, according the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue the tour towards La Fortuna, passing through colorful pineapple and plantain plantations, mango groves, and cattle ranches along the way. Arrive in La Fortuna and enjoy a lunch break at a cozy restaurant with magnificent views of Arenal Volcano. Learn about how the volcano was assumed to be dormant until 1968 when it experienced a major eruption. Visit the stunning Mistico Park next which boasts a dense biodiversity with luscious forests and an abundance of wildlife. Take a stroll amongst the treetops on the hanging bridges that line the jungle canopy, and admire the array of plants that surround you. Finally, it’s time to relax in the gorgeous waters of Baldi. Slide into the bubbling hot springs and unwind as the thermal waters cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. At the end of a magical day, chill out on the return journey to San Jose where a delicious dinner will be served against the backdrop of the volcano.

Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

4. Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

Discover a natural paradise of walking trails and 6 hanging bridges on the interpretative nature paths of Mistico Park. Get closer to nature and see the flora and fauna from a more intimate perspective as you get the chance to walk on the forest floor, swing from the branches or soar over the tree canopies like an eagle! Take in the amazing views at Waterfall Bridge, and learn more about the rainforest from a naturalist guide. Hear about the animal life, geography and history of the region, and get some breathtaking views of the volcano, depending on the weather.

La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Falls Tour

5. La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Falls Tour

Have a wonderful day diving deep into the lush rainforest and follow your guide through scenic trails. Join this comprehensive Costa Rican adventure to discover all of the La Fortuna natural landmarks. Walk across hanging bridges, lava fields, and a jungle staircase to reach relaxing waterfalls. Get picked up from your hotel and start by visiting the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Learn about the local ecosystem from your professional guide as you hike across the tall bridges and narrow trails surrounded by the verdant forest, the Arenal Volcano, and a peaceful lake. Take a short drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. Trek among the big lava rocks from the 1968 eruption and reach a viewpoint with striking views of the volcano, the surrounding lava fields, and the northern valley. Unwind after all your hiking with a lunch break at a traditional restaurant. Finish off your adventure with a short walk into a deep canyon to gaze at the immense La Fortuna waterfall and swim in the refreshing pool. As a final treat, relax in a small hot springs resort and sip on fun cocktails.

From La Fortuna: Guided Naturalist Walk on Hanging Bridges

6. From La Fortuna: Guided Naturalist Walk on Hanging Bridges

Witness the exuberant primary forest of El Arenal from a fresh perspective on a guided walk through the rainforest canopy. Follow trails and bridges of varying lengths and heights. On this 3-kilometer walk, benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off in La Fortuna and learn all about the natural history of the environment from your expert guide. Discover a variety of flora and fauna, such as birds, mammals, reptiles and many different types of plants and trees. Come and discover the marvelous secrets hidden in this wildlife sanctuary and admire breathtaking views of both Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake.

From La Fortuna: Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park Tour

7. From La Fortuna: Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park Tour

Explore the Costa Rican jungle from a new perspective with a trip to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Leave La Fortuna and hike up into the mountains to the hanging bridges. Explore the forest on the bridges, admire local flora and fauna, and take in the panoramic views. Start the tour by taking a hike high up into the mountains on the impressive hanging bridges of the Mistico park. Come close to the abundant flora and fauna present in this area, and cross many hanging bridges that span great lengths of the forest at impressive heights, giving you the best panoramic views of the area. See the Arenal volcano in the distance, admire fields of lava rocks, and gaze at the tropical forest and Arenal Lake. learn from a bilingual guide who can spot wildlife and tell you about the animals you might encounter. Allow the guide to bring the most interesting sights up close with a high-quality telescope and share interesting details about the sights. Spot local wildlife like monkeys, white-nose coatis, sloths, and plenty of birds, frogs, and snakes. Enjoy the comfort of well paved paths with some elevation, but the tour is not too demanding. Take around three hours to complete the forest hike and enjoy traveling along the raised bridges before returning to your hotel or accomodation.

La Fortuna: Mistico Bridges, Falls, and Arenal Volcano Tour

8. La Fortuna: Mistico Bridges, Falls, and Arenal Volcano Tour

Experience starts with A trail of 3.2 km in total allows guests to comfortably enjoy the rain forest attractive with 16 bridges, all bridges have an ideal design to provide a contemplative experience of the rain forest. The strategic position and height of each of the bridges allows you to observe from a favorable perspective the different attractions and thousands of species that inhabit the reserve, trees, flowers, plants, insects, mammals, reptiles, frogs and many others live in an ecosystem in perfect balance. Then we travel to La Fortuna waterfall which emerges from dense jungle greenery before plummeting some 200 feet (65 mts) into an emerald pool below. Those that have brought along swimming suits and a hearty sense of adventure can swim in the chilly water below the fall. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch. We continue to an unforgettable hiking experience through trails marked with the remains of previous lava flows of the impressive and majestic Arenal Volcano. The main attraction of this place is of course, the Arenal Volcano with its nearly perfect cone shape, and a height of 1633 meters. Along the hike you will discover the abundant flora and fauna which inhabits the rainforest; your guide will explain the surprising history and activity of the Arenal Volcano.

From La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges & Arenal Volcano with Lunch

9. From La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges & Arenal Volcano with Lunch

We start our day by driving up the mountains near Arenal lake. At the highest point, we arrive at the MIstico hanging bridges park. Here we enjoy the wide panoramic views over the northern zone including the Volcano, the Arenal lake, and the surrounding tropical forest. Our hike takes us over 6 large bridges with some spanning up to 80 meters. These high structures get you at eye height with the abundant wildlife that can be found in the tree canopy. Your professional bilingual guide is with you to have you spot as much as possible. Equipped with a telescope he'll show you many animals and provides interesting information. Having hiked for about 2 and a half hours we leave the bridges behind us and go close to the volcano. A short drive takes us close to the enormous lava fields that were deposited during the big 1968 eruption. A trail cut through the big black rocks leads us to an impressive viewpoint. Being this close gives you a good sense of the enormity of the volcano and the violent force with which it has come to life many years ago. Having hiked and enjoyed the lava field for about 2hours we are ready for some food. Now we take you to the rainforest cafe where you can choose from a variety of tasty dishes Having been properly fed all that is left to do is relax in the hot spring pools that are close to the restaurant. With good changing facilities available you can easily get ready. You can hang out in any of the 6 pools that offer thermal water in a range of temperatures. It is a great way to end an active day and is often seen as a nice moment to share experiences with fellow travelers. Finishing here we will drop you off at your hotel or the place where you parked your car.

Lake Arenal: Kayaking & Hanging Bridges

10. Lake Arenal: Kayaking & Hanging Bridges

Kayak on the lake Arenal while you enjoy stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the Cerro Chato. Lake Arenal is a lake which is situated in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is currently the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometre. Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters seasonally. Admire the Arenal Volcano while paddling through the lake. Afterward, hike the slopes of the Arenal Volcano which is surrounded by beautiful gardens, where you can observe, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, lots of birds, and various species of trees. Explore the forest's stunning vegetation, 2 viewing points, and labyrinth. Enjoy the rainforest while walking through Mistico Park, with 16 bridges (6 hanging and 10 stable). This experience allows you to hike in the heart of the rainforest.

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What people are saying about Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 180 reviews

This was such a wonderful tour and fun-filled day! Our tour guide Raul was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, funny and warm. We began the day at the hanging bridges where we learned so much about the flora and fauna of the Arenal region. Watching the howler monkeys was amazing! Next was the waterfall where we had 40 minutes to swim and explore on our own. This was followed by a wonderful traditional meal at a local restaurant. With a full belly, we ended with a fun and well-paced trek at the Arenal Volcano where we saw more wildlife and amazing views. I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting La Fortuna.

The tour was well organized and paced. Our guide, Ericka, was knowledgeable, friendly, and attentive. The three activities covered were all very interesting, allowing us to experience Mt Arenal and La Fortuna in an action-packed and appreciative way. It was worth having someone like Ericka guide us in these activities. Without her expert knowledge and passion, we’d have missed seeing much of the wildlife in the rainforest and understanding the ecosystem behind it. And it was a bonus for having a guide who knew exactly where and how to take great pictures and videos!

This tour was a great way to see all 3. Our tour guide Erica was great! She was very knowledgeable and helped us get all the photos we wanted. Lots of steps to get to the waterfall, but plenty of time to take it all in. Grab one of the walking sticks for the volcano hike. The hanging bridges were fun, a bit nerve wracking for our daughter who is scared of heights. However, we found if she was at the head of our group the bridges didn't seem to move as much. We enjoyed our Costa Rican lunch too!

This tour was the highlight of our trip! Erika was amazing, her enthusiasm for nature was contagious. We traveled with our 9 and 6 year old daughters and the hikes were fun and challenging for them. We loved Costa Rica!

Our tour guide was very knowledgable and helpful in understanding the wildlife we saw during our tour! I would definitely recommend this activity to anyone who loves learning about the natural beauty of Costa Rica.