Roots bridges are rooted in tradition. They not only span rivers, they span time and people. The following living root bridges are in danger of extinction as a result of tourism . Some are protected by formal initiatives, others by locals who understand their cultural worth.
There are a lot of ways to travel the world… buying a plane ticket, taking a cruise or hopping on a bus. Before you spend your money and time on some of the more traditional ways to see the world, consider something more off-the-beaten-path–roots bridges! Living bridges are one way that locals of tropical areas have found to cross ravines and waterfalls. These root bridges are often grown around existing trees that have either fallen or been cut down for some construction purpose. The locals then found this bridge-able place and learned how to manipulate the roots so they’d grow over it, inching their way across river beds and gorges like giant ropes.
The living roots of some trees grow perfectly in angles and shapes that seem to defy the laws of gravity. They are able to anchor themselves in rock crevices, cracks in limestone and tree trunks, building bridges that hold together their aerial pathways over streams and other water bodies. These natural wonders are called “root bridges” these days – although they were once referred to as “monkey bridges” because the roots of trees like Ficus elastica, Ficus racemosa and Morinda citrifolia were said to have been built by wild monkeys swinging from tree branches to tree branches.