Rain Forest Aerial Tram Limon Costa Rica

Our Rain Forest Aerial Tram Day. What we thought of the place.

Every once in a while we are lucky enough to get away from the work of the farm and enjoy ourselves at one of Costa Rica’s many tourist attractions. Our friends had family visiting and invited us to go along to a place we had passed every time we went to San Jose but had never stopped at before. The signs are right along Route 32 before entering the mountain pass through Braulio Carrillo National Park from Guapiles, Limon. You can not miss them (unless you are paying attention to your driving). I often wonder how many traffic accidents happen at the entrance to the adventure park due to the fact that the entrance is on a sharp curve and you can not see far in either direction, so be careful if you go. It was so relaxing to be sitting in the back seat, taking everything in with our eyes, instead of fighting the traffic.

Signs for Aerial Tram Atlantic

There were a lot of options to choose from at the facility including zip lines and nature hikes in addition to the aerial tram. We stayed with our group and did the aerial tram and walking tour, which included a naturalist guide. Hands down the best part about the whole place was the knowledge that the guide shared. He knew the species and sub-species of the trees in the forest. They knew what seeds the animals ate and distributed and at what time of year they did it. They even knew symbiotic relationships between the animals, plants and fungi. It was so very interesting! What we didn’t know is that the day pass included as many trips on the gondolas, with the guide, as we wanted to take. This was an unfortunate lack of information because Barry & I would have ridden the tram at least 4 more times. Our guide even found us later in the day to tell us about a viper he saw on his next go round.

Guide at Rainforest Adventures

facilities at Aerial Tram

As you can see from the picture above the short walking trail is paved and all of the other facilities are handicap accessible. Our friend’s Dad who was in a wheelchair had the same adventure as everyone else. I thought that the gift shop’s products were over-priced but I think every tourist place has an over-priced gift shop. I did buy a laminated “Fish of the Atlantic” identification guide that I had never seen before and drank six tiny cups of the free Cafe Britt coffee samples.

Environmental Impact of the Gondola Ride at Aerial Tram

The facility boasts the lack of environmental impact that took place when building the aerial tram ride. A Sandinista helicopter brought in the large support beams (made off-site) and with careful precision placed them on pads at ground level. No roads for big trucks and no clear cutting for the electricity poles just narrow walking trails for the workers to hand carry supplies in. Story is that they didn’t cut down a single tree. Their brochures are even made out of 60% sugar cane fibers. Good for them!

Cable Car over Tree Canopy

Aerial Tram Car in Jungle

Informative and Fun

The $60 (tourist) and $30 (student/resident) cost is not much when you consider that you get a history of the building of the facility, history of Matina and the banana rails and a English/Spanish speaking University educated Guide. If you are lucky, like we were, your guide has an awesome sense of humor to boot! The area pictured below is the start of the tour and features a video that shares just enough information to inform without getting stuck in details. There are black and white images of Limon that were probably my favorite part. I had been searching for some pictures from the past of Limon and Matina and never come across this many together. I normally see one in Black Star Line, one in a Barbershop visited by Marcus Garvey, etc. Simply an amazing collection.
Introduction Room in Forest

Matina Images of Past

*All of the pictures below are flora and fauna we saw that day. In the order that we came upon them..

Mossy Rainforest Tree with Air Plants and Vines
Tree in Rainforest

This Helmeted Iguana (Corytophanes cristatus) was much darker when we first caught a glimpse of him and then quickly changed to the color of his surroundings when we started moving tree limbs to get a good shot. They can stay still for hours at a time. If he would have gotten upset with us his defensive pose would have been a puffed throat fan display, his crest would have bulged and his body would be raised off the branch.

Helmeted Iguana

Common Blunt Headed Snake. For more information about this snake go to our post Blunt Headed Snake to see the one that lives on our Farm.

Blunt Headed Snake

A flower that appears to be a lightbulb

Lightbulb Flower

A Praying Mantis that appears to be a dead leaf

Mantis Leaf

A large Forest Floor Millipede hugging a tree

Forest Floor Millipede

This was our experience and we are not being sponsored or paid by Rainforest Adventures in any way. If you had your own experience there please share it with us in the comment section that follows. A link to the Aerial Tram website is in the first line of this post.

 

 

11 comments on “Rain Forest Aerial Tram Limon Costa Rica”

  1. Nicolas Staton Reply

    Dear All,

    My name is Nicolas Staton, i’m the General Manager of Rain Forest Adventures in Costa Rica. I appreciate all of your positive comments and feedback, we work extremely hard at maintaining and conserving 475 hectares (1174 Acres) at our Atlantic Park, plus another 90 hectares (224 Acres) at our Pacific Park. Our priority is working with the best guides of which the majority of them are either biologists or natural historians, with the idea that we provide the best tours possible and transmit the importance of Sustainable Tourism across the globe to our numerous visitors throughout the year.
    I do understand that the price at first glance might seem high; nevertheless, after the guests leave our park we hope that they carry with them the idea that this was money well spent in the conservation of flora and fauna in Costa Rica.
    Please join me in promoting Sustainable Tourism, and thanks again for your support and for visiting our parks.

    Yours Sincerely,

    Nicolas Staton

    • Kimberly Beck Reply

      Hi Nicolas. The posts says that we thought the gift shop was overpriced not the price of admission. We would happily pay the entrance fee again to see all of the wonderful things there. Have a great day.

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  3. Joseph Reply

    From what I’ve read, national parks in CR are expensive for tourists, but there are many other activities and sights that are inexpensive or free. For us, this would be a once a year visit.

    • Kimberly Beck Reply

      I agree Joseph, we probably wouldn’t have gone had we not gotten the resident rate. Plus, alot of the wildlife we saw also lives here on our farm. So your family could just come and stay with us and that $300 also includes your night stay & meals!

      • Joseph Reply

        Awesome! Great deal! :O)

        My interests so far is the area where you are in the Limon province and San Ramon in the South Pacific side. We’ll explore these areas and when we move down we’ll rent there to see which area we’ll settle in.

  4. Joseph Reply

    Wow! What beautiful photos you took. It must’ve been so much fun and informative. I love the cube lanterns/lights and the jungle tram. However, the price is expensive for a tourist! Is that the same for kids too ($60)? If so, it would cost my family of five $300 for the visit.

    • Kimberly Beck Reply

      J – I think that the kids would get the student rate but I would check the website to make sure. For us $60 for two people (resident rate), all day was a great deal. Our friends did have to pay $300 for all of them & I thought that a bit much.

  5. Marlene & Caryn Reply

    loved it, lets do it again when our Friend Lori comes in February!!!

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