The view of the volcano from one of the many crossings at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

Costa Rica Road Trip (Part 3) Arenal…..what zip line!!!

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Once again, up early and heading off onto the next part of our journey from Monteverde to Arenal, home of one of Costa Rica’s many volcanoes.

After another picturesque drive across the Costa Rican countryside, we arrive at our hotel in Arenal, the Lost Iguana Resort.

You can spend the rest of your day relaxing around the hotel and taking in the stunning back drop of Arenal Volcano.

A view of the active Arenal volcano with the peak shrouded in cloud.

The volcano is still active and last erupted in 2010.

We whiled away the evening with a lovely meal with the volcano as the backdrop.

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The Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Early the next morning we head up to the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park.

We spent hours meandering through the tropical vegetation, while constantly on the look out for the carefree sloths.

A waterfall flows and collects at a small pool

We didn’t see the elusive sloths but we did see, and hear, the howler monkey.

A startled Howler Monkey peering through the undergrowth.

This park has also got some amazing hanging bridges (hence the name), which gives you the feeling of walking amongst the treetops.

The view of the volcano from one of the many crossings at the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, Costa Rica

As you can see in this part of the world the weather can be changeable

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The Sky Tram, or …

Later in the afternoon we decided that we would take a relaxing ride on the Sky Tram. This is described as a ‘gondola’ that leisurely rises through the rainforest with some amazing photo opportunities.
Well, when we arrived at the Sky Tram we were informed that the tram wasn’t running the full tour. The Sky Trek was offered as an option.
Gary and I looked at each other and thought this could only mean one thing, the ZIP LINE.

The cable car line back to base at Sky Tram.  You can see Lake Arenal in the distance.

After some deliberation we decided to go for it. You only live once and we thought we may never get this opportunity again.

It’s not often you are hanging 200 metres off the ground suspended by a cable.

Once you get over the initial shock of pushing yourself off the platform, with barely nothing between you and the rain forest floor below but a small harness, you do actually manage to appreciate the unbelievable views around. We even had the good fortune of seeing a flock of toucans fly in front of us.

After about 2.5 hours, 7 zip lines and a bout of ‘why the hell are we doing this’, we make it to the bottom. It was a fantastic experience and would certainly do it again (although I’m not too sure that Gary would).

Today was the last day of the road trip with the Mitsubishi. We had about a 3 hour trip back to San Jose for one night, where the car hire company met us to collect the 4X4.

We spent one night in San Jose at the Marriott ready for our 5:45am pick up in the morning to Tortuguero.

Have You?

Visited Costa Rica? or are you planning too? It’s a wonderfully diverse country with so much to offer – go on, you know you deserve it.

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Inspired to visit Costa Rica?

Why wouldn’t you? It’s a great way to see many ecological wonders of the world.

You can now fly direct from London to San Jose with British Airways, and combine it into a road trip.  Pick up your own hire car at SIXT and experience Central America for yourself.

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About the Author


Janis, the co-founder of Our World for You, was born in London and raised in Kent and the Isle of Wight. Along with Gary her partner, they have been travelling part time since 1995. In 2016, they decided that enough was enough with the 9 to 5, so armed with the knowledge and experience that they had gained on their adventures, that they wanted to inspire others to travel the world near and far.

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