A few years ago, I went to Costa Rica and had many first time adventures including white water rafting, swimming in hot springs, and zip lining above the rainforest canopy.
I was staying at a local organic echo farm, Finca Luna Nueva Lodge, and enjoyed the scenic rainy drive to Monteverde Cloud Forest, which has the longest zip line in Costa Rica.
Excited to zip line over the rainforest canopy, we took cable cars up the steep volcanic terrain, going higher and higher into the forest. We were informed that at a certain point, that if we changed our mind, it would be too late, and that the only way down was to zip line.
Before we reached the top, we were given a mini experience of what starting and stopping entailed. Stopping was abrupt due to the speed of travel. I then reached the point of no return, and was secured into my harness and prepared to launch.
My adrenaline raced as I jumped off the platform and began my long journey back down the rainforest.
The first thing I remember was how painful the rain was as it hit my face like shards of glass. I could barely open my eyes as I sped from one zip lining station to the next. I remember being shocked at how high I was and the speed that I was traveling.
Monteverde Cloud Forest zip line consists of 15 cables and 18 platforms. It’s an exciting and adventurous experience. Views of the lake and Arenal Volcano are visible as you fly above the rainforest canopy. Although it wasn’t my first time zip lining, it was certainly one of the most adventurous life experiences that I have had, and I would defiantly recommend it to anyone traveling to Costa Rica. My only advice would be to go on a day that wasn’t raining.
Happy zip lining!