3 Tips for Zip-lining in Costa Rica


So you’ve taken your surf lesson, relaxed with sloths and are ready to take on one of Costa Rica’s most popular tourist activity: zip-lining!

Also known sometimes as a canopy tour, zip-lining in Costa Rica (or anywhere else, for that matter) involves going from point A to point B harnessed to a pulley on a cable, taking advantage of gravity to move you. Zooming above lush rainforests gives a whole new perspective on what it means to have a bird’s eye view, and many outfitters across the country offer zip-lining packages to tourists.

Here are a few tips to get yous tarted in choosing the right experience for you!

Decide on your adrenaline level

Do you want an exciting ride, Superman-style? Want to keep it simple and just whiz above the earth for the sights? Interested in including a stomach-curdling Tarzan swing?

Having an idea of how much adventure you want is key in tailoring your zip-line experience, as some cater more toward the sights, while others cater more toward the thrill.

Settle on scenery

With zip line options all over the country, one thing to keep in mind is what kind of landscape you want to enjoy. Green valleys? Lush jungle? This will help you determine when you block out time to organize a zip-line outing in your itinerary. Costa Rica has a ton of options!

Dress comfortably

While zip-lining, you’ll be strapped into a harness, so be sure to wear comfy pants or capris that don’t ride up too high, and sturdy shoes good for climbing and walking. Lay off the accessories–you’ll be wearing a helmet and be situated around a lot of cables and carabiners and you don’t want anything getting caught.

Many companies will have lockers on site to put your purse or bag into, but try not to bring too much if you can avoid it. Do bring a camera–usually the guides will hold onto it for you and take your photo as you go from tree to tree!

Have you ever been zip-lining? What did you think? Share in the comments below!


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Sara learned the value of travel at an early age, on annual family trips in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Not to be relegated to the North American continent, she made her first trip overseas at the age of 13 and has been finding ways to travel ever since. She has explored Etruscan tombs in Italy, made hostel beds in Ireland, and hiked volcanoes in Costa Rica. Follow her travels near and far at www.saramelanie.com

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