Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

This morning I woke up bright and early in Monteverde to the sound of exotic birds chirping through the open window of my 2nd floor hostel. How very Costa Rica, amiright? I went down to the kitchen where fruit was prepared for breakfast. On my plate was an assortment of pineapple, watermelon, and half of a banana. For those who don’t know, I literally can’t think of a single thing that I hate more than bananas. I was torn though because I was starving. So … I ate half a banana. Half. A. Banana. Talk about developing as a person while traveling. FYI – still hate bananas.

I then headed off to the Monteverde Cloud Forest (not to be confused with Rainforest. I was corrected by my tour guide. *Shrugs*). I first started on a private zipline tour with three awesome guides. I desperately wanted to speak Spanish with them, but >this girl< was not up to snuff. At one point I started joking with them by saying, “Claro que si” (which means, “Yes, of course”) to anything they said in Spanish. Lawd knows what I was agreeing to.

At the end of the zipline tour, there’s a free fall to get to the bottom. And just look how adorable and eager I was! So impressionable.

Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

My tour guide Jean instructed that when he counts to 3, I will jump back as far as I can. Yeah ok, I thought. A little terrifying, but I’m a brave girl who is traveling the world. Jump into a free fall? Psh, my lyfe is a free fall.

So Jean begins counting. 1…. 2 ….3! As I begin jumping backwards, he goes “no, wait!!”

Y’all. That was cruelest joke that I have ever encountered.

Look at this face. Look at that desperate plea for help.

Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

When I safely landed on the ground, I had a good laugh. But my racing heart was a little more unforgiving.

Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde

I continued the day with a hiking adventure through the Hanging Bridges. Because it’s currently low season (rainy season) in Costa Rica, I had the entire trail (five bridges) all to myself. The serenity was beautiful. Just me and the chirping birds.

Also – fun fact. To get these photos, I’m using a tripod and a camera remote on my phone. Sneaky sneaky!

Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde Hiking Through the Hanging Bridges of Monteverde


Hi, I’m so glad you’re on my site! My name is Meagan, and I write about my traveling adventures and finding beauty in each day. For more info about me, click here!

Meagan Tilley

I believe that every day is a day that matters – even just enjoying the little things. Whether that’s traveling to the top cities across the world or binge watching Gilmore Girls. To read more, click the About Me page!

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  1. Rafael Garcia

    So the adventure begins! I am soooo excited for you! Enjoy Costa Rica for me!

    • Meagan Tilley

      It’s been amazing! I love this country!

  2. Sally Reid

    Free fall! Eeehh!! Sounds like you’re having fun 🙂


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