Costa Rica Canopy Tours ROCK
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Foxy and I had a great experience zip lining in Costa Rica. Here's me all roped in and ready to zip at 35 miles per hour over a rainforest canyon. It was awesome!
The best tip I received about zip lining is to beware of less-than-safe operations. If the guys just strap you in and tell you to let go, maybe you'd better not zip with them. I was impressed with the professionalism of the team at Los Canyones, a zip line course located in a resort called Los Lagos.
We got to use the resort area for the rest of the day, and from the ground we could see the zip lines we'd used in the morning. Check it out:
Looks high up, right? But that was one of the lowest ones. We swung on 12 different lines with a team of several highly skilled and bilingual guides. They were courteous, professional, safety-conscious and fun.
Los Canyones is in the
Arenal Volcano region in Costa Rica.
What zip lining is like
I had been dreaming of zip lining one of the Costa Rica canopy tours ever since I saw people doing it on the Amazing Race. It was just as great as I thought it would be. As you can see, they strapped us in real good with mountain-climbing equipment. The guides are always clipped to the cable, and you are always attached either to a guide or the zip line cable, so in theory you could never fall. (Standing on those flimsy platforms, though, it was hard to remember that.)
So, you hoist yourself up a bit so the guide can clip you to the cable, you lean to the left and keep your right hand on the cable (if you're right-handed), wearing a special glove made for that purpose. And then you fly!
Costa Rica canopy tours are especially beautiful because you pass right through the rainforest, at tree level. The animals don't like the sound of the zip lines, but you might catch a special sighting, and you certainly get a great view of the vegetation.
You go full speed, then the guide signals you when it's time to brake. That took a little getting used to, but by the fourth or fifth line I felt pretty confident. Most newbies brake too early, which can leave you stuck in the middle of a zip line, climbing hand over hand to get across. Not cute, people! Anyway, you whiz through the rainforest and it feels like flying. The greenery is beautiful, the air is cool on your face, and your adrenaline is pumping. An experience of a lifetime.
One of our fellow zip-liners was an 80-year-old woman who had had knee, hip, and brain surgery within the last year. What?! Badass. She made it through the first six lines and then had to stop. Still, she's my hero(ine) for life.
If she can do it, so can you.
Los Canyones, my favorite so far
After zipping at Los Canyones, you can hang out at the Los Lagos resort all day. The resort has an over-the-top Disney quality that is both disturbing and entertaining. It's a nice place, though, with pools, a huge hot tub with swim-up bar, overpriced bar food, water slides, and a big fake volcano spewing water. We lounged happily there for the rest of the day.
So far, Los Canyones is my favorite of the Costa Rica canopy tours. But I plan to go check out some more and report back. What are your faves? Post below, OK?
After zip lining, my favorite part of Los Lagos was the gorgeous garden with a butterfly enclosure, ant farm, two crocodiles, and beautiful plantings. Here's a croc we met, he's just a baby.
Like him? I've got a whole page on Costa Rica Animals.
The butterflies at Los Lagos are bright blue and as big as my hand.
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