Canopy walkways, also known as treetop walks, provide pedestrian access to the forest canopy, and they can be defined as a series of bridges that spread through the forest. Originally these suspended pathways were constructed for scientists in order to gain access to the upper sections of ancient forests to conduct research. Lately, canopy walkways have become eco-tourist attractions and continue to gain popularity amongst travelers all around the world. This is a list of five of the most incredible canopy walkways in the world.
Danum Valley Canopy Walkway in Malaysia is located within a 348 km in a pristine forest and is arguably the most spectacular canopy walk in the world. Getting there is no simple task as it takes 2 to 3 hours from the town of Lahat Datu. The walkway is 985 feet long and 90 feet high and offers a peek into the abundant colonies of bird living there. The long trip to reach this canopy walkway is definitely worth it because Danum Valley’s lush tropical forest is home to one of the most complex eco-systems on the planet.
Kakum Canopy Walkway, Ghana, located in the extraordinary Kakum National Park, is Africa’s only canopy walkway and is suspended 100 feet above the ground, offering visitors an amazing view over the West African forest and the surrounding lush green canopy. This canopy walkway passes over 7 bridges and runs a length of 1,080 feet. The walkway is secured by a system of nets and wires for safety purposes, but walk carefully because the shaking wood planks do seem a bit sketchy.
Inkaterra Canopy Walkway, Peru is a 344 meters complex of seven bridges, six treetop platforms and two 29 meters tall towers. This unique walkway offers a new perspective over one of the most bio diverse rain forests in the world. Inkaterra Canopy Walkway it is also considered one of the safest walkways in the world. Visitors can encounter arboreal specimens like sloths, monkeys and many species of birds.
Canopy Walkway at Ulu Temburong, Brunei is located in the remote part of Batu Apoi Forest Reserve and it can be accessed only by boat. Built with steel towers supporting the cable way, this amazing structure rises more than 150 feet from the forest floor, offering spectacular views of the high tree forest. An excellent observation point is the series of tree houses from which you can observe birds, butterflies and monkeys.
Sky Walk in Monteverde, Costa Rica is a labyrinth of suspended bridges and walking trails that spread out through Monteverde forest. These bridges span canyons and drainages, offering visitors a face-to-face encounter with the upper level of the forest canopy. There are six long bridges, some of which span more than 900 feet and the easy access from the main trail make of Sky Walk one of the most user-friendly canopy walks and the best option for travelers with fear of height. Unlike other canopy walks, this one has a limit of 12 people so you need to make sure you make reservations beforehand.