Birdwatching at Hanging Bridges


Mistico Hanging Bridges is located in the Arenal Volcano area, only 12 miles (20 km) west from La Fortuna within a 618 acres (250 hectare) reserve of primary forest.  This 1.9 mile (3 km) quite spectacular, however very busy, trail offers a total of 14 bridges of which 6 are hanging bridges.

The forest of this park hosts a lot of wildlife as it is part of the biological corridor which connects the Tilarán and Guanacaste Volcanic range. Depending of the day and different conditions, you might have the chance to see Eye-lash Pit-Vipers, Howler Monkeys, Spider Monkeys and Capuchin Monkeys.

Birding here can be interesting, since mixed flocks can contain Plain Antvireos, Spotted Woodcreepers, Northern Barred-Woodcreepers, White-fronted Nunbirds and Scarlet-rumped Caciques. Other birds that can be seen are the Keel-billed Motmots, Rufous Motmots, Broad-billed Motmots, Purplish-backed Quail-Doves, Violaceous Trogons, Keel Billed Toucans, Great Curassows and Crested Guans. Prey birds such as Short-tailed Hawks, White Hawks and Gray Hawks, can be found along these trails too.

Mistico’s data, shows there has been observed around 350 different bird species over the years. The hike in general, is also certainly amusing due to the bridges, the amazing views to the Arenal volcano and the forest, so even if it wasn’t a lucky day for birdwatching, the experience will be great anyway.

Another plus from Mistico’s park, is that they count with a new garden full of flowers which attracts many hummingbirds like the Rufous-tailed Hummingbird and the Green Hermit. Visiting Mistico Hanging Bridges has been a “must do” while staying in Arenal across the years.


  • Packed Breakfast
  • Entrance Fees
  • Bilingual Guide
  • Transportation



  • Pick up at Hotel

    Our team will pick you up at your hotel or lodging place. Pick up times vary depending on your location and it will be provided upon reservation.

  • Mistico Park Arrival

    Hike starts upon arriving at Mistico Park. After a quick check in you can visit the restrooms and get prepared for the adventure.

  • Good bye!

    When the adventure is over, we’ll drive you back to your hotel. “Hasta luego”!