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“Skywalk to Paradise” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Santa Elena Skywalk

Santa Elena Skywalk
Ranked #8 of 18 things to do in Santa Elena
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Half way between the town of Santa Elena and the Santa Elena Preserve the Sky Walk is located: This complex use trails, suspension bridges for a more tranquil introduction to the ecology and natives of the forest canopy, constructed within the cloud forest. It allows a vision of the forest from a different perspective which starts with a walk on the ground taking you up to explore the treetops, a hardly discovered habitat, called the “canopy” with a naturalist guide. Also discover the night wildlife at our Sky Walk Night Tour.
UK
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21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Skywalk to Paradise”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2009

We did this skywalk with our guide Fabian Guzman. He was so knowledgeable that he was able to spot dozens of birds and the elusive Quetsal! What a gorgeous creature. It seemed that we were the only ones on the trail and the bridges are amazing - a great opportunity to have a birds eye view of the forest and a close up view of the epiphytes, ferns and bromeliads that grow on the trees. A guide is essential if you are going to spot all the wildlife as we would not have seen half as much had we not had Fabian guiding us and listening out for different noises in the forest. He was able to identify the birds in an instant. We also saw Agoutis and monkeys but the Quetsal was the icing on the cake.

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Tyler, Texas
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“Would you quit Jumping on the Skywalk!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2008

Okay, we had some older "kids" playing on the walkway.....husbands included in this party of 7. The tram to the top was wonderful, slowly going over the treetops and getting a wonderful view of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, along with the Gulf of Nicoya. We learned quite a bit from our guide, and he stopped to let us observe up close and personal the leaf cutter ants. He showed us where the trantulas hide out...man those are big...and less obvious species of snake that was coiled up in some dead leaves. The walkway actually gave you a bird's eye view of the hillside, you could hear water running under the brush, but couldn't see it (that's how dense it was). Never saw any monkeys, but that's okay. We stayed around Monte Verde, and saw just about every wild animal you could imagine in the area.

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Edinburgh, Uk
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“Excellent”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2008

It was quiet when we were there, so we had lots of time and space mostly to ourselves. The sights from the bridges are wonderful, and if you're patient and fortunate you will get to see even the elusive but loud Bell Bird. Such a nice walk we had.

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“Worth the visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2006

Too chicken to do the zipline, we opted for the hanging bridges. They were super fun. We'd gone on a few near-deserted trails in the cloud forest area prior to our visit to SkyWalk, and had actually seen no wildlife at all up until that point. While walking the bridges (there were two of us), we came in contact with other tourists only twice. Once was with another couple who passed us, and then with a tour group. The tour had a camera with an enormous zoom lense propped in the middle of the bridge aimed at the trees ahead. The group was hushed and staring at what would be our first cloud forest wildlife sighting: a group of howler monkeys. The largest of the monkeys bellowed and the tour guide howled back a convincing mimic, revealing how he'd found the elusive animals in the first place. After the tour group had gone, my boyfriend tried his hand at howler monkey conversation. The obviously irritated alpha male never failed to howl back, so we followed the noises onto a service trail until we were within a few feet of him. The growing ferocity in his roars and the ever-closer rustling in trees above our heads told us it was time to run away, and that we did. Messing with the monkeys was some of the most fun we'd had all trip.

Monkeys aside, the views from the bridges are BREATHTAKING. The treetops bear evidence about just how huge the plantlife can get in that forest, and standing above them is a great way to take it all in. At the end of the trail are hummingbird feeders, where you can sit amongst them and the bees zooming back and forth. It was a really fun experience and would recommend it to anyone visiting the area.

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Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
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16 attraction reviews
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“Attraction park over the forest”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2006

Do not except to see any animals walking on the bridges. It is a nice experience to walk over the forest but visitors are so noisy that all the birds are away. Large groups come here to spend some hours and discuss while walking. They don't care about the other visitors. Uneducated guides are more focussed on their business (making money) rather than on the environment and they do not notify the visitors to keep quiet and respect those whom paid their entrance ticket to watch the wildlife.

It is a tourist trap !

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