You can’t go to the rainforest without experiencing a Costa Rica canopy tour. This country has arguably the best ziplines in the world and we found the best one of them all. It’s called 100% Aventura Canopy Tour in Monteverde. Here’s why it’s so amazing and how you can do it too.
I’ve been on a lot of ziplines and canopy tours in the United States and Mexico, but this one definitely takes the cake. It’s one of the most breathtaking and spectacular tourist attractions in the world. And I’m not getting paid to say this either. I am just a satisfied customer. Here’s five reasons why you should try it as well.
At a glance: 100% Aventura Canopy Tour
- Ages: 8 Years & Up
- Cost: $50 (ages 12 and up), $40 (ages 8 – 11)
- Duration: 3 hours
- Transportation: Included
- Tour times: 8 a.m., 11 a.m and 2 p.m. (every day)
- 9 regular ziplines, 2 superman ziplines, 1 hammock bridge, 1 rappel, 1 mega Tarzan swing
- Longest zipline in the Costa Rica – over 5220 feet (1590 meters – almost 1 mile)!
- Website: https://www.aventuracanopytour.com/
#1: It’s super safe
Since I was doing this canopy tour with my 12-, 9- and 8-year-old, I wanted to make sure it was safe. This company has a large staff of fully trained experts who help you every step of the way. At the beginning, they give you a brief lesson on how to use the equipment. Then, they check and double check all of our safety gear on every single zipline. They have a reputation for excellence in safety. I didn’t feel unsafe at all for the entirety of the tour.
#2: Transportation is included
The morning of our canopy tour, someone from the tour company came to our hotel in a big bus and picked us up. Talk about front door service. They dropped us off right in front of the building and then they took us right back to our hotel after we were done. It was awesome. That was one less thing I had to worry about.
#3: One zipline is a mile long!
Yes, you heard me right. On this particular zipline, you can ride it Superman Style. That means exactly what it sounds like. You are flying over the rainforest head first, arms and legs stretched out, just like Superman. This zipline is so long that you can’t see the other end and you are way above the trees. It is one of the most spectacular things I have ever experienced. But don’t worry, you don’t have to do it Superman Style if you don’t want to.
#4: Tour includes more than just ziplines (think Tarzan)
Aside from the two superman ziplines and 9 regular ziplines, there’s a hammock bridge, rappel and a 130-foot Tarzan Swing! I’m not going to lie, the Tarzan Swing was the scariest thing that I have ever done. Considering this was one of the more expensive tours we went on in Costa Rica, I felt like we definitely got our money’s worth.
The rappel and the hammock bridge were right at the beginning. The rappel was fairly easy, it was just being lowered down about 30 feet off a ledge. The hammock bridge had little slats of wood that you had to walk on to get across. It added variety to the tour and my kids liked it a lot.
#5: They cater to kids
During our Costa Rica canopy tour, my two younger kids were nervous about going on the zipline Superman Style. The workers were so responsive to their needs. They didn’t force my kids to do anything they weren’t comfortable with. Eventually, one of the workers went down with my son. He was happy and so was I. They also had my kids go down a couple of ziplines tandem-style to ensure they made it across safely without getting stuck in the middle. It was great.
Zipline tips and tricks
- Passports: Bring you and your kids’ passports or a picture of them. They require it in order to participate.
- Lockers: You can put all of your belongings in a locker before you begin.
- Book ahead: You’ll want to reserve your tour online to ensure you’ll get a spot. This is a popular canopy tour.
- Bug spray: You will be walking through a few trails in the forest. We put on plenty of bug spray just in case
- Go Pro: I really wish that I would have brought a GoPro to get some footage while on the zipline. It’s impossible to hold your phone and go down the zipline at the same time because you need both hands. They also have attachments on each helmet so you can hook your GoPro on it.
- Phone pouch: If your phone falls down into the forest, it’s gone. That’s why I love these phone holders. You can still take pictures without taking it out of the pouch.
- Food: You can’t bring any food onto the canopy tour, so eat before you come.
- Rain jacket: It rains a lot in Monteverde (it is a cloud forest). You can bring a jacket just in case.
I hope you have an amazing trip to Costa Rica and lots of fun on this canopy tour. I know you’ll love it just as much as we did. Leave your comments below. I’d love to hear from you.
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