Your breath-taking, adventure begins with a pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the wonderful Costa Rican countryside on an air-conditioned transportation and recent model deluxe vehicle or mini bus. You will be heading to the Caribbean Slope, crossing the beautiful Braulio Carrillo National Park until arrives to our private property in Guapiles Region, about 75 minutes’ drive from San Jose. Upon arrival to our beautiful property, you will have some free time for use restrooms and explore the surroundings before to start boarding your gondola for a rainforest exploration.
Open-sided vehicles shuttle passengers from the parking area to the Visitor’s Center. The shuttle trip provides an introduction to the forest, as visitors pass a small river and numerous tree snags with nesting holes of various birds – the White Hawk is regularly seen here, as well as the Pale-billed Woodpecker and many others.
After a quick briefing on canopy exploration and the construction of the tram, visitors divide into smaller groups for a 45 to 90-minute (optional) nature walk with a trained naturalist guide. The trails are well-groomed and provide an excellent introduction to the rain forest.
Time now to board the Aerial Tram. The Open-sided cable-cars hold 5 passengers and a guide. The guides are quite knowledgeable about flora and fauna. They’ll point out orchids and different species of trees and are quick to identify the calls of the many birds that inhabit this unique environment. The tram ride lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. The lower, outbound leg of the tram journey takes you skimming over hilltops and in and out of the sub-canopy, a dark world of overburdened tree limbs dripping with mosses, ferns, and orchids. Lianas and vines drape over branches and traverse forest spaces, and act as highways for birds and insects. The ride will stop several times as passengers board at either loading station.
The return leg of the ride reveals the most dramatic portion of the trip as the cars glide on a breath-taking journey through and above the airy canopy. After the ride, a Costa Rican lunch will be waiting for you, before to make the way back to your San Jose hotel.
DURATION: 7 Hours
PICK UP TIME: 7:00 AM
– Private Round trip transportation from/to San Jose downtown hotels
– Introductory video
– Guided walking tour
– Tram Ride accompanied by an experienced-bilingual guide (Spanish/English).
WHAT´S TO BRING: Light clothing, rain gear, hat, sun block and insect repellent are recommended. Comfortable walking shoes are suggested for those who wish to take the optional nature walk.