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Crocodile Bridge in Tarcoles
You cannot miss it, - it's about 1 hour drive from the airport. You drive on Costanera Sur watching for "Tarcoles" sign, and once you see the bridge with people walking on both sides and looking down at the river, that is it. Park the car before the bridge, or right after it. Before the bridge there are restaurants and souvenir shops, and you can park for free, but don't waste too much daylight - it's still a long drive.
If you are interested, this is a good blog about Doka Estate Coffee Tour, describing all the steps and stations: https://mytanfeet.com/activities/doka-estate-coffee-tour-costa-rica/. I don't remember much about steps, but from myself may add: wear long pants because there are a lot of fleas on the plantation, those of us who wore shorts were bitten all below the knees. Not a big deal, just itchy.
We took this tour on our way from the South (Quepos and Marino Ballena) to the Arenal area. If you plan to do the same, start as early as possible (6AM or so) because the scenic drive is long and you need extra couple of hours for the coffee tour.
About 10 km from Brandenberg there is the Kaiserklamm, or Emperor’s Gorge, a natural phenomenon that was named after the emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria.
As politely suggested by Mr. Garmin, we drove directly to the parking (3 euro for 6 hours)
and then followed the signs.
The signs lead to the bridge which looks nice and for the moment we thought that this is it. We took some pictures from the bridge, walked through it, continued on the trail on another side which I think leads to some famous restaurant in a few miles away (not sure but you can check on Google map), enjoyed the river and met an slow elderly couple on the trail, who appeared to went almost all way till the end of the trail, did not find anything looking like a Kaiser or any other klamm, and asked us where the heck the famous gorge is. We did not want to look like complete idiots and told them that in our opinion the bridge is probably what they are looking for, and it's a nice view at the gorge from it. Apparently…