RAINFOREST AERIAL TRAM (55SJ06)
Price of Child: US$ 62, 3-12 years; Under 3 free
Price expiration date:Sept. 30, 2009
What is included: Transportation, entrance fee, guide services and meals.
A unique ecotourism and research facility in Sarapiqui. The tram will take visitors on a 90-minute excursion through the rainforest canopy and its hanging gardens of plants and animals hidden at the tops of tall tropical trees. Home of two-thirds of all rainforest species, the canopy is a little-known world of tremendous beauty and extraordinary biological diversity. The site, next to the northern border of Braulio Carrillo National Park, possesses one of the richest canopy communities in the world.
The difficulties of reaching the forest treetops has always inhibited its explorers. Dr. Donald Perry, founder of The Rainforest Aerial Tram, pioneered the exploration of the canopy beginning in 1974. His innovative methods of access include rope systems and an automated cable way. Of his latest idea he states, "no system in the world can offer this intimate proximity to such an extensive volume of rainforest. Knowledge that will help save forests will finally be within reach."
Dr. Perry began work on the Tram after becoming convinced that the only way to stop destruction of the rainforest was by showing not only Costa Ricans but people throughout the world the wonder of this unexplored habitat and by creating an alternative to unsustainable exploitation of the forest.
The canopy is full of both known and unknown plant and animal species. The novice will be able to see canopy life closeup for the first time, while the expert will discover new things about natural history. Almost no scientific work has been done concerning life in tropical trees. The Tram, by being the best access tool in the world, promises to be a center for canopy exploration and research. The system has a capacity for approximately 80 passengers per hour.
The Rainforest Aerial Tram is located on a 1000-acre (450 hectares) private nature reserve 50 minutes from San José. Visitors will travel half an hour through Braulio Carrillo National Park along the main road that connects the capital with the Atlantic port of Limón. Operated by Rainforest Aerial Tram.