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Hanging Bridges

29 March 2017

sunny 85 °F

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This morning at breakfast the view of Arenal is slightly more typical according to people from the area. We have been really lucky with incredible weather because usually you cannot see the peak of Arenal.
We leave La Fortuna this morning for our tour of the hanging bridges. On the way I stop off for a picture of the cemetery. They seem to be made like legos and in some places you can see empty slots just waiting on an occupant.
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Mistico Hanging Bridges Park has fantastic views of the volcano also.
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We decide to do a guided trip and honestly if you didn't have a guide it would just be walking across 5 hanging bridges up in the canopy not knowing what you were looking at.
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We hear a lot about plants to include this fuzzy plant that is red to attract birds and insects and fuzzy to catch water droplets. The yellow portion is the flower.
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The long green portion on this tree is the flower and then the little yellow things hanging down like ropes is when the flower blooms.
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The greenery is absolutely overwhelming and there is no telling how many poisonous things we are walking right past. We see two eye lash pit vipers, one high in a tree that the guide had seen eating a lizard a few days ago. We later see this juvenile sitting on a leaf. These snakes apparently only move once every three to four weeks.
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He tries really hard to get us a photo of the poison dart frog but he is just so small and hiding under some leaves. It is literally no bigger than my pinky finger nail. It wouldn't be poisonous to you unless you touched it with an open wound or ate three of them! Good to know.
The guide has a scope so we get to see a couple of spider monkeys high up in the tree. He also shows us a couple of sloths. One is two toed and one is three toed. This one is hanging upside down but still hard to photograph even with the cell phone through the scope.
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After the tour we hop in our car and head to Café and Macadamia which we saw TONS of signs for on the way to La Fortuna. It didn't disappoint with a view over Lake Arenal and its windmills and delicious smoothies.
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All that was left to do was drive back to Liberia for an overnighter in the Hilton Garden Hotel before an early flight. Of course that was easier said than done. We had a GPS with Costa Rica maps on it and also Google Maps on our phone. At one point the GPS said take a right in 5 miles, the Google Maps said take a left in 3 miles and the road signs on the road said turn right now for Liberia!!!! In the end we followed the road signs and made it back with only one detour down a rocky road.

Posted by ErinDriver 18:06 Archived in Costa Rica

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