Braulio Carrillio RainforestApprox. Time: 6 hours
Activity Level: Moderate to Strenuous

Follow the footsteps of Nayla and John on their date in Episode III to the beautiful Braulio Carrillio Rainforest. One of Costa Rica's superior parks, Braulio Carrillio's 46,000 acres of rainforest are surrounded by a dramatic stretch of mountain highway connecting San Jose and the coastal city of Limon. Over 6,000 species of trees cling to the park's misty volcanic slopes, providing a lush habitat to more than 500 types of birds and 135 kinds of mammals. Here, you can find the treasured quetzal, a bird of mythic and unsurpassed beauty. As you hike beneath the forest canopy, hundreds of species of butterflies waft past like colorful pixies. Howler monkeys sing out eerily and swing in the net of branches above. The ground vegetation hides pumas, ocelots, tapirs, raccoons, and countless other mammals which are often heard but seldom seen. One of the park's best features is the Teleferico del Bosque Lluvioso, or rainforest tram. The tram takes visitors on a 90-minute tour through the hidden world of the forest canopy, where two-thirds of all flora and fauna live. It is the only vehicle of its kind in the world and the only way to view the canopy outside of scaling a tree. The tram was constructed with the assistance of the Nicaraguan government, which provided the Russian helicopters that carried in the towers supporting the 1.5 km of cable.