May 6, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Sky Walk in Costa Rica

This post is dedicated to all the nature lovers. The Sky Walk is a well-thought-out combination of suspension bridges and walking trails through the Monteverde rainforest. These bridges bring you face to face with the upper level of the forest canopy. There are six bridges in total, the longest of which spans some 300 meters (984 feet). The trails extend for slightly over a mile and a half (2.5 km), making this tour extremely feasible for anyone in moderate shape. The climb is not strenuous or muddy, as the trails are well-maintained and generally very flat.

Local guides accompany each tour and help travelers learn about native plant and animal species. Biologists now know that about 90 percent of all organisms in a rainforest are found in the canopy. The sun that barely reaches the forest floor strikes treetops with full force, fueling the photosynthesis that eventually results in leaves, fruit and seeds. Since there’s a bounty of good food way up there, animals abound in the canopy as well. Many plants in Monteverde’s cloud forests are specially adapted to absorb moisture directly from the ever-present mist. Epiphytes (plants that live on trees in order to reach the sunlight) are plentiful in these forests, adding to the water-gathering ability of the trees. However, the epiphytes are not parasites—they feed off water, dust and nutrients that accumulate around their own roots.

The duration of the tour is about two to three hours and groups can not be larger than 10 people. It is also worth noting that reservations are recommended, especially in July and August and from December till May.

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