One of the most breath taking and exciting things you can do in Costa Rica is an Arenal hanging bridge tour. These walking bridge tours allow you a chance to take your time and enjoy the natural surroundings at your own pace. There are many other different scenic tours you can take in Costa Rica, but very few offer the broad range of things that you can see on an Arenal hanging bridge tour. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure that takes you back in time and shows you a glimpse of what the world was like millions of years ago an Arenal hanging bridge tour is a perfect choice.
What to Expect
The Arenal bridge tour offers travellers a chance to really get out into the Costa Rican wild. There are several different options as far as tours go and each has their own unique sites to offer. You can take a guided daytime tour in which an expert will show you around the hanging bridges and point out and teach you on all the different things to see. This tour culminates in a trip to Arenal, one of the worlds ten most active volcanoes. As with any of the Arenal tours it will be the centerpiece but the guide can tell you about all the different flora and fauna you see along the way. There are many different plants and animals that are unique to the Costa Rican rainforest.
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Take a tour with an expert guide and they can let you know all about what is there. If exotic birds are something that interests you, take an early bird watching tour. Over 50 different species of birds can be seen on these tours. The guides that take you on the bird watching tours are experts on all the different varieties you will see. Even if you are not a bird expert they will help you spot and identify all the different types. If you are looking for something a little bit more adventurous you may want to try a night walk tour. This tour offers a unique look at all the frogs and other animals that only come out at night. If you are lucky enough when you get to Arenal it may be erupting. The view at night is indescribable. Any of these three tours offers something different for each person. The one thing they all have in common is getting a close up look at Arenal.
Arenal is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Learn more about Arenal National Park here. Similar to Mount Fuji in Japan the volcano towers a mile above Lake Arenal. It has been active for the last 7,000 years and looks to remain so for quite some time. It has daily eruptions that come with slow lava flow that can be easily observed on the evening and night tours. Every three to four years Arenal will have a significant eruption with lava shooting high from the top of the volcano. If you are patient enough though you should be able to see some kind of eruption.
Tips for Visiting
A trip to Arenal and one of the hanging bridge tours can be fun for anyone who wants to see nature at its most raw and primal. These tours offer a chance to see many different kinds of natural phenomenon that should keep even the most fickle travellers entertained. I recommend taking whichever of the tours seems most appropriate to your family. Pack a lunch and plan for at least a half day at the park. You can stay longer if you would like, but at minimum you will be there for this amount of time. Definitely bring a camera to get pictures of all the wonderful things you are sure to see. Do not forget to also be patient as some of the eruptions will take time to occur. Most importantly though have fun and enjoy the natural beauty of Costa Rica.