ficuz la raiz

Monteverde never ceases to surprise us. On our last visit, we were able to discover some of the secrets its mountain has been keeping.

We love finding new options for getaways with family or friends, which is why we’re here to tell you about a free destination that’s just 5 minutes from Santa Elena town.

It’s a natural bridge that the community calls “Ficus la Raíz,” meaning something like “The Fig Root.” The bridge is formed by a tree that fell over, but whose roots kept growing vertically down. The small creek that passes underneath washed over the roots, exposing the shape of the tree’s skeleton even more.

Many visitors come here to see it and climb up the bridge to take pictures. However, this is not recommended due to the height of the roots, which can become slippery during the rainy season. Even so, you can take incredible photos from below and enjoy the natural surroundings.

Although there is no designated parking area, you can leave your vehicle at the side of the road, which has a curve near the trailhead, or in the town of Santa Elena, which is a 15 minute walk from the natural bridge. Once you’re there, you’ll walk down some steps for about 100 m to reach the bridge. The walk down is short and easy.

We recommend that you bring walking shoes, water and a change of clothes. And don’t leave your jacket behind, as Monteverde can get quite cool and windy in the afternoons. As we mentioned, admission is free. All you have to do is make sure not to leave any garbage in the area and take some awesome photos.

What are you waiting for? Make your next trip to Monteverde! It’s a magical place that’s full of views of the sea, hotels that disappear among the mountains and incredible food.

Location: Santa Elena de Monteverde.
Admission: free.