Braulio Carrillo National Park Rainforest Aerial Tram
Explore every level of the dense Costa Rican Rainforest from the ground to the treetops. Our unique Aerial Tram Tour lets you live first hand all the secrets the forest keeps while you fly above the treetops and experience magnificent views of the Braulio Carrillo National Park and our private reserve, an immersive nature experience as well as a glorious treetop flight over the Canopy of the Rainforest.
Adults: $120 USD per person.
Infants: 0-2 yrs old. $35. Includes baby chair.
Children: 3-10 yrs old. $85 USD.
Highlights and Inclusions
- One meal (breakfast or lunch depending on departure time.
- Introductory video
- Guided walking tour
- Tram ride accompanied by a guide.
- Braulio Carrillo National Park
- Rain Forest.
- Entrance Fees
We offer the longest and only guided tram tour in the country. The gondola ride includes a guided natural walk on our paved nature trails, a visit to our beautiful and specialized Butterfly Garden where you´ll be able to learn a lot among their colorful wings, a walk through our orchid garden comprised of orchids rescued from fallen tree trunks and finally a calm walk into our Terrarium where you´ll see many interesting amphibians and reptiles species.
Twenty minutes outside of San Jose you will cross the Continental Divide and enter Braulio Carrillo National Park. After a half hour trip through the park, the bus will reach a 1000 acre private reserve of virgin forest.
Open-sided vehicles shuttle passengers from the parking area to the Visitor’s Center. The shuttle trip provides an introduction to the forest, as visitors pass a small river and numerous tree snags with nesting holes of various birds – the White Hawk is regularly seen here, as well as the Pale-billed Woodpecker and many others.
After a quick briefing on canopy exploration and the construction of the tram, visitors divide into smaller groups for a 45 to 90 minute (optional) nature walk with a trained naturalist guide. The trails are well-groomed and provide an excellent introduction to the rain forest.
Time now to board the Aerial Tram. The Open-sided cable-cars hold 5 passengers and a guide. The guides are quite knowledgeable about flora and fauna. They’ll point out orchids and different species of trees and are quick to identify the calls of the many birds that inhabit this unique environment.
The tram ride lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. The lower, outbound leg of the tram journey takes you skimming over hilltops and in and out of the sub-canopy, a dark world of overburdened tree limbs dripping with mosses, ferns, and orchids. Lianas and vines drape over branches and traverse forest spaces, and act as highways for birds and insects. The ride will stop several times as passengers board at either loading station.
The return leg of the ride reveals the most dramatic portion of the trip as the cars glide on a breath-taking journey through and above the airy canopy.
What to Bring: sunscreen, hat, raincoat, jacket for the cold.
Departure point: Tour departs from all major hotels in San Jose.
Departure Time: Hotel pick up at approximately 6:00am or 11:30am
Duration: 6 hours (approx)
Return details: Returns to original departure point at approximately 1:00pm or 5:30pm.