A note from the executive editor: Costa Rica Travel Blog has chosen to feature the following article for its description of one of Costa Rica’s most valued, well-reviewed, and enjoyed tours by foreign visitors, that, from start to finish, is “top-notch and a total blast!”. Thanks to Ashima for submitting her personal account to us. We hope the thrill of the tour was enough to keep you flying high throughout the remainder of your trip. Pura vida!
Featured Author: Ashima Scripp (visit the Taking In The View Blog)
Ziplining is all the rage in Costa Rica with lines set up at all the major tourist donations in the country. There is good reason for the popularity of this attraction – with spectacular scenery, excellent safety records and some of the longest lines in the world you’re bound to have a blast riding the lines in Costa Rica. We opted to give Sky Trek Arenal a try based on recommendations and location. From start to finish the operation was top-notch and a total blast!
Upon arrival you are suited up with your gear and can stow any valuables in their lockers. You’ll want to choose comfortable clothes that are not too tight-fitting as the harnesses are a little awkward. Helmet cams are available for rent and would be a great way to capture the thrill of your flight.
SkyTrek Arenal includes the SkyTram (its how you get up to the first platforms and get the great views without having to climb up yourself!). So the first 30 minutes of the tour are taken up with the rather uneventful tram ride. The views are nice but no wildlife was visible. At the top they offered cool juice, a bathroom opportunity and the guides gave a safety/instructional demonstration. The guides on this tour are great: very reassuring, funny, welcoming and handsome to boot! Next it was on to two warm-up rides, short low lines that let you try out the technique of zip-lining and build your confidence. FYI your last chance to back out is after these two lines (you won’t want to, or even if you do – keep going!!)
After the practice lines the real fun begins: huge lines, way up high over the valley (the highest is 200 meters above the valley floor!) with spectacular volcano and rainforest views. When you look at the lines it’s easy to feel nervous: they seem exposed and flimsy, but once you are going the momentum of the line really takes over and you can easily give in to the experience. It feels very secure. At SkyTrek Arenal they also use a sophisticated braking system that is controlled entirely by the guides so all the landings were smooth and without incident.
They have enough guides that you just continue line to line, not having to wait for the entire group to complete each leg before it’s your turn again which is great. Very little waiting – lots of action! There are ten lines ranging from 200-750 meters long. The last line is the longest and fastest and gives you a wide-open view of Arenal before plunging you into the rainforest and out at last onto the final platform.
Check out this guy’s helmet-cam ride!
SkyTrek Arenal is great for young (8 and above), old, fat, thin, first-timers, experienced adventurers, you name it. Within my group there was all of the above and everyone flew all the lines. There is no hiking or flights of stairs to get to the platforms – just flying and more flying. Totally recommended for everyone.
About Ashima Scripp:
My name is Ashima Scripp and I am a professional musician and traveler. As a classical musician I believe my role is not really that of a performer and entertainer but of a personal guide for my audiences into the world of classical music and to provide unique and authentic musical experiences. My focus is always on quality over quantity and in the unexpected over the predictable. Through music I have had the opportunity to journey all over the world and have looked for similar qualities in my travel as I do in my artistic ones.
I love to discover new places, accommodations and experiences and to plan itineraries that celebrate the unique nature of each destination. I started this blog to share my experiences and research with fellow travel dreamers and to help people in planning meaningful and memorable vacation experiences. I hope while reading through these pages that I might inspire you and give you confidence to take the road less traveled, to try new experiences, to seek beauty and fulfill your travel dreams.
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