The Lush Green Rainforrest
One of the most interesting and biodiverse parts of Costa Rica is the pristine canopy of its tropical rainforest and a fascinating ride on a rainforest aerial tram is a great way to get up close to see it! You’ve heard how everybody is saying that a trip to Costa Rica wouldn’t be complete without a thrilling zipline ride through the rainforest canopy, but perhaps that is a bit too adventurous for your taste. Or maybe you are more interested in having time to fully appreciate what you see and hear interesting educational facts about the flora and fauna then you are in getting your adrenaline flowing on a heart pounding ride. The rainforest aerial tram is a great answer to that dilemma. If you are really afraid of heights the aerial tram may still bother you a little bit because you will be high above the forest floor, but at least you’re in a gondola with a floor and not dangling over nothing from a little cable.
Regardless, take a seat and prepare for a tranquil ride in Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio on which you will be fascinated by what you see. It may be a good idea to bring along a nice pair of binoculars and definitely don’t forget your camera. Generally you will see everything from the rainforest floor to high up in the canopy so sightings of many different species of animals is possible in addition to the variety of plants that you will definitely see. Watch out for iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and even snakes
A Paradise for Birdwatchers
Keep your eyes peeled for toucans and any other of a host of beautiful tropical birds that might go flitting by. Tours are usually conducted with an English/Spanish bilingual guide, however if you ask in advance the tour operator may be able to set you up with a different language depending on your needs and who is available. The guides are highly knowledgeable and well versed in the wide variety of species of plant and animal life that call the Costa Rican rainforest home. They may also share interesting tidbits of historical information such as how the indigenous population of Costa Rica used different plants and animals for their poisonous (generally for hunting), medicinal or simply just everyday useful properties. It is incredible the useful things that can be gathered from the rainforest, it truly is a lifegiving entity. Of course now much of the rainforest is protected for that very reason that the secrets of nature are precious and it is important not to lose them forever. The Costa Rican government takes this responsibility very seriously so hunting animals and cutting down trees or plants illegally is punishable by going to jail and/or hefty fines.