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04-06-2015

10 Of The World's Scariest Bridges

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Sky Walk

In the Costa Rican rainforest, life exists at all levels and the amazing Sky Walk treetop canopy bridge in Monteverde has been created to allow visitors to experience the heady heights of a tropical rainforest and view at first hand the natural wonders of the plants and animals species existing there. In fact, 90% of all organisms in the rainforest are found high up at the treetop canopy level. The forest here in Monteverde is particularly rich in species of orchids and bromeliads known as epiphytes that exist without soil at incredible heights, absorbing moisture and dust through their roots from the air around them. Treetop canopy bridges like these have enabled biologists far easier access to their sources of study, where they previously had to work perilously high up using ropes and hoists to gain access. The trail consists of 6 treetop canopy bridges, the longest nearly 1000 ft, and is open to visitors and suitable for most people of reasonable fitness with guided tours lasting a few hours.
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High Drive

For an awesome road trip literally at times above the clouds, the stunning architectural form of the Millau Bridge spanning 8,071 feet across the Tarn Valley in the South of France is even higher than the country's famous Eiffel Tower. Passing over the river Tarn below at a height of 343 metres at its tallest pylon, the bridge is in fact a cable stayed viaduct. Construction began in 2001 and the bridge was officially opened in 2004, gaining awards worldwide for its design by the acclaimed British architect Norman Foster in partnership with the French structural engineer Michel Virlogeux. This bridge is in the route from Paris through to Languedoc and on to Spain, so is a popular holiday route which has reduced traffic on the local roads considerably. There is a toll to pass across the bridge, but it's a small price to pay for the the stupendous views over the valley which is inside the Grands Causses National Park. In fact, when the bridge first opened, there were problems with motorists stopping on the hard shoulder of the bridge to admire the views and take photographs!
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