Day 73: Santa Elena - San José

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along the Sky Walk
 

Before going back to San José it was time for some fun. Near Santa Elena is the Sky Walk. This is a walk along several suspension bridges which have been built high up in the trees. From the bridges you have a great view of the tree tops and the creatures living in them. We saw a couple of monkeys and a toucan.


The same company also operates the Sky Trek, which is the more exhilarating alternative of the Sky Walk. Once again you start on a platform high up in the trees, but rather than a gentle walk on a suspension bridge, you are attached to a zip line and whiz through the canopy to the next platform, a few hundred metres away.


The Sky Trek was fantastic! I always liked zip lines as a kid, and flying along these huge zip lines, high up in the jungle (the highest one being 70 metres above ground) is just the überest of übercool!


In the afternoon we took a bus back to San José, which was a very slow and uncomfortable 5-hour bus ride.

Sky Trek
The idea was to travel on to Tortuguero, at the Caribbean coast, but because we had taken so long to get to San José we decided not to. It would be too long to travel for a just one day, not to mention the fact that we'd have to go all the way back to San José again in order to go to our next destination. Instead we decided to use the two days we had planned for our Tortuguero trip to spend an extra day in San José and do some day trips in the surrounding central valley.


After the relatively poor experience with our previous hostel in San José, we now opted for the independently owned Costa Rica Backpackers hostel, which was approximately a million times better. Nice friendly staff, clean rooms and even a swimming pool.

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along the Sky Walk
along the Sky Walk
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Sky Trek
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Sky Walk
Sky Walk
The high towers of the Sky Trek
The high towers of the Sky Trek
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Sky Trek
getting ready for the Sky Trek
getting ready for the Sky Trek
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the Sky Trek
the Sky Trek
Santa Elena
photo by: Biedjee