When you're hiking through the lush Costa Rican rainforest, you might see exotic birds flying through the air above you. Ever wondered what it'd be like to soar above the canopy of the trees and see the jungle as the birds do? Well, you can see the incredible scenery of Costa Rica's national parks by taking a canopy tour. Come with me to discover the best places to explore the rainforest from above!

A sense of adventure

There are dozens of canopy tour and adventure sports companies operating in Costa Rica's 26 national parks. Some companies offer you the chance to speed through the rainforest canopy on a zipline, while others take you on a leisurely treetop adventure in special sky trams. No matter how you choose to see the rainforest, you're in for the trip of a lifetime.

Canopy Tour / Zip Line in Monteverde
Canopy Tour / Zip Line in Monteverde

Monteverde Cloud Forest

If you're looking to spend as much time in the air as possible, head to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Biological Reserve in north Puntarenas. Here you'll find some of the longest ziplines and suspension bridges in Costa Rica, and this remarkable area is also home to the Sky Tram, a series of cable cars that take you on an adventure through the treetops of the reserve. The Sky Trek company offers nine different routes, some at heights of more than 2,625 feet! That's a little too high for a little tree frog like me, but it sure does sound fun!

Arenal

Want to see the majestic Arenal Volcano from a bird's eye view, or speed over the roaring Arenal River? The canopy tours in Alajuela offer you the opportunity to see the stunning Costa Rican countryside like never before.

Paraiso Canopy Tours will take you through every step of your rainforest adventure. You can enjoy breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano and the raging rivers, or glide along ziplines running through the lush canopy of the primary rainforest. If you've ever wanted to swing through the trees like Tarzan, the Ecoglide Canopy Tour can make this dream a reality. Their popular Tarzan Swing allows you to swoop from one platform to the next, just like the monkeys that inhabit this lush jungle.

Checking out Arenal Volcano from a hanging bridge
Checking out Arenal Volcano from a hanging bridge

When it comes to adventure sports, Costa Rica has no rival. If you want to see the rainforest from a different perspective, go wild on a canopy tour!