Puerto Caldera (Puntarenas), Costa Rica
A Walk in the Clouds
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Approximately 6¾ Hours
Discover the richness of the cloud forest as you walk along beautiful trails, with amazing green vegetation morphing into weird and wonderful shapes before your very eyes.
Your tour starts with a short downhill walk leading to an open hummingbird garden, where many species of these tiny, brightly-colored birds casually perform spectacular aerobatic maneuvers.
After this mesmerizing and strangely addictive experience, head to the first of four suspension bridges that collectively cover a half-mile of mid-air trail, offering a bird-eye's view of the cloud forest. Each of these bridges stretches between 95 and 253 feet and is suspended up to 126 feet above the ground.
As you continue hiking among rivers and cascades, your naturalist guide will point out the most outstanding features of the misty forest. Several species of birds, butterflies and small mammals inhabit the area and plants such as orchids, heliconias, ferns, bromeliads and other species of aerial plants are part of this intriguing natural habitat.
A visit to a nearby butterfly farm is also part of this experience. The blue morpho, caligo, monarch and tiger swallowtail are just a few of the amazing butterflies you will observe. Taste some delicious agua dulce (a traditional drink) and enjoy a hearty, traditional Costa Rican lunch.
On the ride back to the ship you will stop at El Jardín to browse in the souvenir shop or admire the beautifully-manicured garden.
Wear comfortable walking shoes. The tour operator suggests a minimum age of 8 years due to the walking required (time and distance); however, parents of children who are enthusiastic explorers are invited to use their discretion. Not advisable for guests with mobility limitations.