La Fortuna

Birdwatching Tour at Mistico Park

La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Mistico Natural History Walk
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Bring your binoculars on an early morning birdwatching tour at Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Tucked in between Arenal’s volcanic ranges and the Tilarán mountains, this family-owned nature reserve offers an eco-friendly and accessible way to view Costa Rica’s amazing biodiversity. Trek along forested paths and hanging walkways with a naturalist guide as you look for a wide variety of local and migratory birds. Visit in the wintertime to catch sight of the many birds of prey that migrate through this wildlife-rich corridor.
  • Trek along hanging bridges in a private nature reserve
  • Suspended walkways provide prime viewing locations
  • Early morning tour during the best time for birdwatching
  • All entrance fees included

What's Included

  • Bottled water
  • Professional guide
  • Rain coat or poncho
  • Meals
  • Electric wheelchair rental (12$ fee)

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges
    2km este de la represa del Lago Arenal, La Fortuna de, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 21007, Costa Rica

Start time

06:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Operated by Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Arlette_R
My guide was very knowledgeable about the different flora and fauna and the tour itself was wonderful.

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Stunning
Michelle_H, Feb 2024
Christian was a fountain of knowledge and a delightful tour guide. We saw flora and fauna we never would have seen without his expert eye. It’s clear this man loves his work! Mucho gracias
Response from Host, Mar 2024
In our team, we have dedicated professionals committed to delivering excellent service. We're pleased to hear that our efforts resulted in a satisfying experience for you, and we hope to welcome you back very soon. Pura Vida
Tour is over priced
Chinchun_L, Feb 2024
We did not see many animals during the tour. Although our guide was doing his best, we think the tour was overpriced and we won't recommend it.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
We appreciate your comment and we would like to take the opportunity to explain why Mistico Park is one of the most visited places in La Fortuna. Our hanging bridges, regular trail, and accessible trail were created under high-quality standards. Resources are invested daily for their proper maintenance. Guaranteeing safety conditions and comfort for all our visitors. We appreciate your visit because part of our income goes to some nonprofit organizations and also allows us to offer sources of employment for the inhabitants of La Fortuna. Pura Vida
Highlight of our La-Fortuna trip
Paula_S, Aug 2023
We had an amazing tour!! We would not have seen most of the birds & wildlife without our guide Gabriel- he is extremely knowledgeable about all the species of birds as well as the other wildlife, plants & trees, mushrooms, snakes, bugs etc. We also had the whole park nearly to ourselves for almost the whole tour. A few highlights were motmots, coati, spider monkeys were in the trees right over our heads, eyelash viper, and many many species of birds. We walked with pauses to look at various birds etc for about 3 hours. The paths were mostly smooth & easy to walk on. We walked about 8000 steps - he had us decide from a couple of map options our preference & we chose one with more bridges- which was fun & gave spectacular views. There is significant up & down hills. One in our family group leaned on a railing & got bit or stung by a bb ant (not a bullet ant but still painful). It's the real rainforest experience. The drive is about 30 minutes from LaFortuna. The bridges themselves sway a bit and bounce up & down. Originally some family members in their 80's one with cane use were going to go, and this would not be a good choice for those with mobility issues, unable to walk a few miles etc. They decided not to go. There are motor scooters that we saw near the entrance but I am.not sure where they are able to go. I'd call or reach out before doing that. It didn't seem like they would work on the trails or bridges but definitely inquire. This was truly a must see and a real rainforest experience. Well worth the tour.
Tour guide was awesome!
Mark_D, Apr 2023
One of the best guided tours of our vacation. Our tour guide (Anderson) was very knowledgeable and patient. It rained for most of the walk so we did not see a ton of birds, but he pointed out multiple birds, lizards, bats, snakes and frogs. Walking across the hanging bridges made it even better. Thank you Anderson!
Wonderful!
Jill_E, Mar 2023
We toured with a large family group of 14 - and the only disappointment was the transportation from our hotel to the park. (There were not enough seats in the van for our party.) Once we arrived, we found the guide to be knowledgeable and engaging. The park is absolutely beautiful! We saw many lovely birds, flowers and even spider monkeys!
Fabulous Park and Guide
Juanita_L, Feb 2023
Our tour guide, Victor, was very knowledgeable and really good at spotting and pointing out the wildlife. The park and hanging bridges were amazing. When I booked the tour it said it included transportation, but when I tried to arrange transportation they said it was not and there would be an additional charge. Luckily we had a car, but that was frustrating.
Peaceful walk
Nathalie_C, Jan 2023
Henderson was knowledgeable and spotted a snake, bats and lézard that we would have never saw. It rained almost the entire time of the tour which made it difficult to observe birds. Nevertheless a beautiful walk in the trails.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Hi, Nathalie! We appreciate immensely your evaluation! We are pleased to know you enjoyed your visit to Mistico Park. Thank you for choosing us to live the experience of connecting with mother nature by walking on the hanging bridges throughout the rainforest and appreciating the marvels our trail offers. Everyday we strive to make your experience as good as possible, we are happy to see we succeed and hope to meet again! Regards!
Great tour
Arlette_R, Jun 2022
My guide was very knowledgeable about the different flora and fauna and the tour itself was wonderful.
Response from Host, Jun 2022
Nailed it!. Thanks for joining us. The Hanging Bridges guided tour is a perfect opportunity to connect with nature, been submerged in lush rainforest, and discover the dense wildlife that habits in this magical reserve. Our guides are professionals passionate about what they do and looking forward to showing to visitors not only species but also the importance of each life for the ecosystem. This tour is recommended for families, nature lovers, and available for everyone! we have an accessible trail also!
Best Nature Tour in La Fortuna
Luiza_C, Aug 2021
This was one of my favorite nature tours in Costa Rica. My guide Indira was absolutely AMAZING and extremely knowledgable about the wildlife and nature we encountered. Her enthusiasm made for such an enjoyable visit and we saw an abundance of reptiles (vipers) and insects (like the odd but fascinating stick bug). This tour is definitely not just sitting and watching birds and is SO MUCH MORE! We walked the easy trail through the Mistico jungle park while spotting tons of wildlife up close (including a family of coatis). Not to be missed and if I had one choice for a nature park in La Fortuna, this would definitely be it!
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Hola Luiza, un gusto de saludarla. Para Mistico Park es de mucha importancia que todos nuestros visitantes disfruten al máximo del bosque. Razón por la cual recomendamos realizar la caminata en compañía de un guía naturalista que contribuye en el avistamiento diferentes tipos fauna silvestre y a aprender sobre bosque y su comportamiento. Muchas gracias por su comentario y esperamos que pueda visitarnos pronto. Saludos!
Tree top majesty
Guy_S, Jun 2021
We were gifted with repeated wonderful birding experiences. Particularly memorable was watching a toucan feeding on a a just caught anole, flocks of screeching parrots, and two tribes of spider monkeys rumbling in the canopy. Our guide was ver knowledgeable, and efficient, quickly setting up his spotting scope and helping us take pics with our cell phone camera thru his scope. Imho, the hanging bridges are an experience to not miss!

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