The Rain Forest Aerial Tram is a unique ecotourism and research facility which opened in October of 1994.
This a truly an original Costa Rica adventure: the only place in the world where you can fly through the rain forest canopy. Take a ride on an aerial tramway. See the most complex community of life on earth! Experience the rain forest up close in comfort and safety.
Visitors from around the world ride the Tram on a fascinating Costa Rica tour through the rain forest canopy and its hanging gardens of plants and animals. Home to two-thirds of all rain forest species, the rain forest canopy is a little-known world of tremendous beauty and extraordinary biological diversity. Our park, (adjacent to Braulio Carillo National Park and only an hour from San Jose), possesses one of the richest canopy communities in the world.
The difficulties of reaching the forest treetops have always inhibited the adventure of its explorers. Dr. Donald Perry, founder of this amazing Costa Rica adventure, pioneered the exploration of Costa Rica's rain forest canopy beginning in 1974. His innovative methods of access include rope systems and an automated remote control platform. Of his latest idea Dr. Perry states, "No system in the world can offer this intimate proximity to such an extensive volume of rain forest. 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 rain forest was by showing not only Costa Ricans but people throughout the world the wonder of this unexplored habitat. Consequently, the most breathtaking of Costa Rica's adventure opportunities is also one of the most eye-opening.
The canopy is full of both known and unknown plant and animal species. Visitors will be able to see canopy life close-up for the first time, and scientists will discover new things about the ecology of the rain forest. Due to its inaccessibility, little scientific work has been done concerning life in the tops of tropical trees. The tram, by being the best access tool in the world, has become a center for canopy exploration and research. And imagine, all of this is available as part of a most pleasurable Costa Rica adventure.