In this blog, I
will cover our experience at La Fortuna Mistico Hanging Bridges Park.
In this privately
owned park, you will walk a well-maintained wide paved trail passing and
winding through the lush jungle and crossing the deep canyons over 6 long
hanging bridges that will take you above the forest top canopy level.
We visit here
at the end of Dec. 2022 and enjoy this experience.
The nature walk
through this park will take you 3 hours.
Other Costa Rica Blogs I wrote:
If you are in
La Fortuna, take road 142 north towards Lake Arenal.
The entrance to
the park is well marked located just next to the lake dam north end. From there
the side-road will lead to Mistico Park.
The park is located
about 30 minutes’ drive from the center of La Fortuna.
April is the dry season at Costa Rica and I recommend visiting the state when
there is less chance for rain.
It’s also the
most popular time to visit, so expect more tourists and crowds. Book things you
know like hotel, park entries, rental car as far ahead as you can.
to Costa Rica you should always be prepared for some showers no matter what
time of year you are visiting.
Due note 1: You can choose
to have a guided tour or a self-guided walk. Here we decided to walk by ourselves.
Due note 2: Closed shoes are a must for Mistico Arenal
Hanging Bridges Park. Without these you will not be entered inside the park.
Due note 3: Wear hiking
pants, preferably long pants but they are not a must. Comfortable shirt. Insect
repellent may be needed. Carry with you a raincoat, poncho or even simple
disposable raincoat, as rain may come in any season.
Due note 4: This is
probably the most popular hanging-bridge park in La Fortuna area. Book your
park entrance ticket as early as you can.
Due note 5: The preferred
time is in the morning when it is less hot, animal may be more active, less
clouds so you may have better view of the Arenal volcano and less chance of
Due note 6: At the
entrance you can find restaurant, bathroom, and even small gift shop
Bridges Park is one of the more well develop park we visit and in my view worth
a visit if you are in the Arenal area.
Mistico Park is
bit “clean”, all trails are paved and with protecting rails, the bridges infrastructure
looks relatively new, well maintained and safe.
This is not a wild
nature experience, all trails are paved and there are many other people, we did
not saw a lot of animals here but also in other jungle walks near La Fortuna.
expectation and you will have fun, nice activity to the family and nice walk in
the rainforest jungle
At the park entrance
you will park your car and check-in for previously purchased tickets (I do not
know if you can by on the spot, assume that yes).
We decided to
take un-guided tour so once we got our entry ticket, and after looking on
Arenal Volcano view we went to the hike.
The hike “principle”
is easy, for the longest loop trail that passing through all bridges in any
trail junction turn left.
You can’t get
loss, there are park trails map in many places along the trail’s junctions.
Along the trails
there are informational signs but I will not call this a learning experience….
The long loop trail
is 2.5 miles long (4 km).
It crosses 6 large
hanging bridges, and many other metal bridges.
trail not so difficult to walk and has concrete paths.
This is all
family park and kids will love it.
bridges are all closed on their side with a fence up to above hip high (~4ft). You
feel safe but when walking on the bridge they rock and wobbles from side to
bridge there is a clear sign with bridge information (length and height), when
we visit here a park employee prevent from too many people walking over the
bridge at the same time.
The bridges seem
to be very secure and well maintained.
bridge is 360 ft and the highest is 150 ft.
The beauty of
the bridges is that they are crossing deep canyon, so they lets you have a
great view of the forest from above, something difficult to do in the
rainforest jungle with such high trees.
bridges you can see the deep canyon below you and from some even the Arenal
Volcan across the valley, if it is not covered with clouds.
Based on our experience,
and what I saw online, it can be a challenge to see wildlife here, with or
without a guide. This is because it is a very popular attraction with many
visitors, the jungle is dance and it is not easy to spot wildlife.
We did manage
to see monkeys up on the treetop, sleeping snake, squirrel and leaf eating ants.
The fan experience
was the hike itself and the bridge experience.
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