The rainforest, this rich realm of lie, sounds, aromas and magical colors. When you walk into a dark green pathway you realize that you are stepping into a different realm, where life is the norm to follow. Nothing else. Feel life and you will know that you are feeling a rainforest.
However, in this magnificent dimension, royalty lives on the top. Birds, and seedlings, fruits and new sprouts, they all happen at the canopy of the jungle. And a great chance to see it and stay, as long as you want experiencing this abundance is to go for the hanging bridges.
Something that I learned out of walking with tourists is that the slower you are the more you see, and enjoy. So yes expect to be there for at least 2 hours, see the details, the beauty here lives in the small creatures, the tiny baby plants, the amazing shapes of miniature flowers and fruits. The awe comes in the whole picture, the huge buttress roots, the jump of a monkey or the iridescent flight of a Resplendent Quetzal
Use all your senses
…Well maybe not taste, unless you are with an expert in the forest that knows what to test and what maybe toxic. But eyes, ears, nose and touch have to be all open and ready to breath in this magnificence. Be prepared for the sweet aroma of a white orchid (That produces the aroma to attract night pollinators). Or the musky trace of a wild cat… Remember life doesn’t limit itself! Highly recommend not to limit it in you!
Good comfortable hiking shoes and good comfortable clothes are the key to start enjoying fully the experience of the bridges. Use repellent and sunscreen (When you are on the ground you will be under shade, but when you are on the bridges, you will be on the top of the forest, therefore, exposed to the sun). Take your bottle of water and maybe an energy bar. Don’t let any small pinches distract you from the beauty around.
Go with a naturalist
It’s just not the same! When you go alone beauty strikes you. Period. You would have to be made of stone for the life and the beauty of the rainforest not to touch your soul. However, when you go with someone who knows and loves the forest, the life system bursts in an explosion of connections, communication, symbiotic relations and parallelisms that will make you shiver in awe.
Afraid of heights?
Go anyways! The experience is amazing! And you can always walk fast… or really slow, but the railings are high enough and the bridges are made of solid metal. There are really no worries about safety. Do they move? Yes, if people is jumping or so on. My advice is to talk to your guide and let him/her guide you through, or let you pass before anyone else. But do it anyways! You won’t regret it!