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The Best Zipline Costa Rica: Comparing 6 Popular Canopy Tours In Arenal And Monteverde

The Best Zipline Costa Rica: Comparing 6 Popular Canopy Tours In Arenal And Monteverde

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THE BEST ZIPLINE COSTA RICA: NARROWING DOWN THE CHOICES

One of Costa Rica’s greatest features is its variety. Visitors can experience volcanoes, rainforest, beaches, national parks, cloud forests, hot springs, and so much more with only a short amount of time spent in this tiny country. However, with variety comes choice, and choice can create confusion, especially when the options available to choose from (including those on the table when trying to come up with the best zipline Costa Rica) are all great options worth considering.

Travellers regularly turn to us for assistance with their trip planning and there is no tour more commonly asked about than ziplining. Ziplining (or canopy tours, as the activity is commonly referred to as; feel free to read our related blog post Ziplining And Canopy Tours In Costa Rica: The Difference Between The Two for a more detailed explanation) is extremely popular and can be experienced in just about every area of the country. This being said, most travellers would agree that the best ziplines in Costa Rica are those located in Arenal and Monteverde given the lush, green, natural settings that the two destinations provide as a tour backdrop. There is no shortage of canopy tour providers in these two areas, and in the true spirit of competition, each has its own reasons why they believe their zipline is the best.

In order to help ease the decision-making process, we aim to provide travellers with the details they should know about the various canopy tour options so they can make an informed decision as to which they think offers the best zipline in Costa Rica. We have chosen six of the most popular tour experiences available in the Arenal and Monteverde areas (including those provided by Sky Adventures Arenal, Arenal Mundo Aventura, Sky Adventures Monteverde, Selvatura, Monteverde Extremo, and 100% Aventura) so that we could note some similarities and differences between each according to a number of important factors (such as the number of cables offered, the length of the cables, the minimum age limit to participate in the tour, the breaking system used, whether or not transportation is included, and extra features available such as tram rides, tarzan swings, superman cables, and more).

Unfortunately, when we are asked for the “best zipline Costa Rica”, it is impossible for us to identify one over the others in response without imposing our own bias. Throughout our experience working with clients from all over the world, we understand that each traveller (and the experience he/she is looking to have) is different. For this reason, we aim to provide the information and afacts below to help travellers decide for themselves which option would be the best according to their individual desires, needs, and valuation.

SKY ADVENTURES ARENAL PARK

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Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour at Sky Adventures’ Arenal Park

The best zipline Costa Rica: Is it the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour at the Sky Adventures Arenal Park?

The Sky Adventures Arenal Park is located outside of La Fortuna/Arenal (in nearby El Castillo)–an approximate twenty-five-minute drive from downtown La Fortuna. The onsite canopy ziplining tour (called the “Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour”) offers an approximate two-hour tour across a series of zipline cables and is the only canopy ziplining tour in La Fortuna/Arenal to automatically include an aerial tram ride. The Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour may also be combined with Sky Adventures’ Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride (La Fortuna/Arenal) and/or the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges (La Fortuna/Arenal).

  • Number of cables: ten in total
  • Cable length span: two hundred to seven hundred fifty meters
  • Breaking system utilized: automatic breaking system
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? No; it is not possible to participate in the tour without a guide
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; breakfast and lunch served
  • Special features: the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour includes a complimentary Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride; visitors may purchase onsite a “Sky Picture” and/or a “Sky Movie” as tour souvenirs
  • Minimum age for participation: 1.2 meters tall (Sky Adventures does not enforce a minimum age limit; instead they enforce a minimum height limit)
  • Transportation to/from La Fortuna/Arenal hotels available? Yes; however Sky Adventures does not automatically include round-trip transportation in their tour rates (round-trip transportation may be added to any reservation for an extra fee)
Don’t miss our Sky Adventures Arenal Park Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour savings:

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal)

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride, Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour, & Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (La Fortuna/Arenal)

MAP OF THE SKY ADVENTURES ARENAL PARK


ARENAL MUNDO AVENTURA ECOLOGICAL PARK

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Canopy Ziplining Tour at Arenal Mundo Aventura’s Ecological Park

The best zipline Costa Rica: Is it the Canopy Ziplining Tour (Big 12) at the Arenal Mundo Aventura’s Ecological Park?

The Arenal Mundo Aventura Ecological Park is located outside of La Fortuna/Arenal–an approximate five-minute drive from downtown La Fortuna. The onsite canopy ziplining tour (called the “Canopy Ziplining Tour: Big 12”) offers an approximate three-hour tour across a series of zipline cables and is the only canopy ziplining tour in La Fortuna/Arenal to include both a zipline over the La Fortuna Waterfall and a visit to the Maleku Cultural Rescue Center. The Canopy Ziplining Tour: Big 12 may also be combined with Arenal Mundo Aventura’s Rappel Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal) and/or the La Fortuna Waterfall Tour (La Fortuna/Arenal).

  • Number of cables: twelve in total
  • Cable length span: two hundred to eight hundred meters
  • Breaking system utilized: manual (hand) breaking system
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Canopy Ziplining Tour: Big 12 (La Fortuna/Arenal) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? No; it is not possible to participate in the tour without a guide
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: the Canopy Ziplining Tour: Big 12 includes a zipline over the La Fortuna Waterfall and a visit to (with brief presentation at) the Maleku Cultural Rescue Center; tour participants may opt to participate in part of the tour via tractor ride or horseback ride; visitors may purchase onsite a photo CD as a tour souvenir
  • Minimum age for participation: at least seven years old, at least three feet ten inches tall, and at least fifty-one pounds to participate (Arenal Mundo Aventura enforces minimum ages, height, and weight limits)
  • Transportation to/from La Fortuna/Arenal hotels available? Yes; Arenal Mundo Aventura automatically includes round-trip transportation in their tour rates
Don’t miss our Arenal Mundo Aventura’s Ecological Park Canopy Ziplining Tour (Big 12) savings:

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Canopy Ziplining Tour, Rappel Tour, & Waterfall Tour Combo (La Fortuna/Arenal)

MAP OF THE ARENAL MUNDO AVENTURA ECOLOGICAL PARK


SKY ADVENTURES MONTEVERDE PARK

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Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour at Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park

The best zipline Costa Rica: Is it the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour at the Sky Adventures’ Monteverde Park?

The Sky Adventures Monteverde Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate ten-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The onsite canopy ziplining tour (called the “Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour”) offers an approximate two-hour tour across a series of zipline cables and is the only canopy ziplining tour in Monteverde to automatically include an aerial tram ride. The Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour may also be combined with Sky Adventures’ Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride (Monteverde), the Sky Walk Hanging Bridges (Monteverde), and/or the Herpetarium Tour (Monteverde).

  • Number of cables: ten in total
  • Cable length span: one hundred to seven hundred fifty meters
  • Breaking system utilized: automatic breaking system
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (Monteverde) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? No; it is not possible to participate in the tour without a guide
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: the Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour includes a complimentary Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride; visitors may purchase onsite a “Sky Picture” and/or a “Sky Movie” as tour souvenirs
  • Minimum age for participation: 1.2 meters tall (Sky Adventures does not enforce a minimum age limit; instead they enforce a minimum height limit)
  • Transportation to/from Monteverde hotels available? Yes; however Sky Adventures does not automatically include round-trip transportation in their tour rates (round-trip transportation may be added to any reservation for an extra fee)
Don’t miss our Sky Adventures Monteverde Park Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour savings:

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride & Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour (Monteverde)

Sky Tram Aerial Tram Ride, Sky Trek Canopy Ziplining Tour, & Sky Walk Guided Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (Monteverde)

MAP OF THE SKY ADVENTURES MONTEVERDE PARK


SELVATURA PARK

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Canopy Ziplining Tour with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable at Selvatura Park

The best zipline Costa Rica: Is it the Canopy Ziplining Tour at the Selvatura Park?

The Selvatura Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate ten-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The onsite canopy ziplining tour (called the “Canopy Ziplining Tour“) offers an approximate two-hour tour across a series of zipline cables. The Canopy Ziplining Tour may also be combined with Selvatura’s Treetop Walkways Hanging Bridges Tour (Monteverde), a Herpetarium Tour (Monteverde), a Butterfly Garden Tour (Monteverde), and/or a Hummingbird Garden Visit (Monteverde).

  • Number of cables: fifteen in total
  • Cable length span: seventy to one thousand meters
  • Breaking system utilized: manual (hand) breaking system
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Canopy Ziplining Tour with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable (Monteverde) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? No; it is not possible to participate in the tour without a guide
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: visitors may purchase onsite a photo CD as a tour souvenir
  • Minimum age for participation: at least four years old
  • Transportation to/from Monteverde hotels available? Yes; Selvatura automatically includes round-trip transportation in their tour rates
Don’t miss our Selvatura Park Canopy Ziplining Tour savings:

Canopy Ziplining Tour with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable (Monteverde)

Canopy Ziplining Tour (with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable), Butterfly Garden Visit, & Hummingbird Garden Visit (Monteverde)

Canopy Ziplining Tour (with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable) & Treetop Walkways Guided Hanging Bridges Tour Combo (Monteverde)

Canopy Ziplining Tour (with Optional Tarzan Swing & Optional Superman Cable) & Treetop Walkways Hanging Bridges: Unguided/Entrance Only Combo (Monteverde)

MAP OF THE SELVATURA PARK


MONTEVERDE EXTREMO PARK

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Canopy Ziplining Tour with Tarzan Swing, Rappel, & Superman Cable at Monteverde Extremo Park

The best zipline Costa Rica: Is it the Canopy Ziplining Tour at the Monteverde Extremo Park?

The Monteverde Extremo Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate fifteen-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The onsite canopy ziplining tour (called the “Canopy Ziplining Tour“) offers an approximate two-hour tour across a series of zipline cables. The Canopy Ziplining Tour may also be combined with Monteverde Extremo’s Super Swing (Monteverde) and/or Bungee Jump (Monteverde).

  • Number of cables: fourteen in total
  • Cable length span: up to six hundred eight-five meters
  • Breaking system utilized: manual (hand) breaking system
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Canopy Ziplining Tour with Tarzan Swing, Rappel, & Superman Cable (Monteverde) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? No; it is not possible to participate in the tour without a guide
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? No
  • Special features: complimentary tarzan swing; complimentary rappel; complimentary superman cable; visitors may purchase onsite a photo CD as a tour souvenir
  • Minimum age for participation: at least five years old
  • Transportation to/from Monteverde hotels available? Yes; Monteverde Extremo automatically includes round-trip transportation in their tour rates
Don’t miss our Monteverde Extremo Park Canopy Ziplining Tour savings:

Canopy Ziplining Tour with Tarzan Swing, Rappel, & Superman Cable (Monteverde)

MAP OF THE MONTEVERDE EXTREMO PARK


100% AVENTURA PARK

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Canopy Ziplining Tour with Superman Cable, Rappel, & Tarzan Swing at 100% Aventura Park

The best zipline Costa Rica: Is it the Canopy Ziplining Tour at the 100% Aventura Park?

The 100% Aventura Park is located in the Monteverde region–an approximate ten-minute drive from downtown Santa Elena. The onsite canopy ziplining tour (called the “Canopy Ziplining Tour“) offers an approximate two-hour tour across a series of zipline cables. The Canopy Ziplining Tour may also be combined with 100% Aventura’s ATV Tour (Monteverde).

  • Number of cables: twelve in total
  • Cable length span: twenty to one thousand five hundred ninety meters
  • Breaking system utilized: manual (hand) breaking system
  • Guided tour option available? Yes; see the Canopy Ziplining Tour with Superman Cable, Rappel, & Tarzan Swing (Monteverde) option
  • Self-guided tour option available? No; it is not possible to participate in the tour without a guide
  • Night tour option available? No
  • Private tour option available? Yes
  • Restaurant onsite? Yes; lunch served
  • Special features: complimentary superman cable; complimentary rappel; complimentary tarzan swing; visitors may purchase onsite a photo CD as a tour souvenir
  • Minimum age for participation: at least five years old
  • Transportation to/from Monteverde hotels available? Yes; 100% Aventura automatically includes round-trip transportation in their tour rates
Don’t miss our 100% Aventura Park Canopy Ziplining Tour savings:

Canopy Ziplining Tour with Superman Cable, Rappel, & Tarzan Swing (Monteverde)

MAP OF THE 100% AVENTURA PARK


QUESTION TO COMMENT ON: Have you experienced one of the above mentioned canopy ziplining tours? What did you think?

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42 thoughts on “The Best Zipline Costa Rica: Comparing 6 Popular Canopy Tours In Arenal And Monteverde”

  • I’ve done several of the zipline tours and found them all to be a lot of fun. My favorite is Selvatura because you get the option to go on the hanging bridges before or after your tour. Plus, they have that really cool bug museum on the grounds, which is is definitely worth a visit.

    The only drawback in my mind is the hand braking system many of the ziplines use, which is simply a thick leather glove that you hold down on the line to slow you down. On wet days they weren’t very effective and the guides had to throw little “brakes” on the line to slow you down. Small drawback – very fun experience overall.

    • Hola westlondondesignervid!

      Great question! The automatic breaking system used by Sky Adventures in Costa Rica is called the Z breaking system. This system allows Sky Adventures’ guides to stop zipliners as they approach the landing area, as opposed to the zipliners having to stop themselves with their own hand. With the regular hand-breaking system (used by the majority of canopy tour operators in Costa Rica), zipliners wear a thick glove throughout the tour and are taught how to slow their speed by gradually increasing the tightness of their hand grip on the zipline cable. With the Z breaking system, the requirement to slow one’s self in approaching the landing area is avoided. Although both methods are safe, some travellers prefer the newer and more innovative system utilized by Sky Adventures as it can provide a less stressful canopy tour experience for those who have never ziplined before and/or those who have concerns about the hand-breaking process.

      Additional information in regards to the safety of Sky Adventures’ canopy tour (ziplining experience) can be found here for the Monteverde Park and here for the Arenal Park.

      Thank-you for your comment!

  • Overall, wonderful, informative blog you have on Costa Rica. I visited Costa Rica for a week in the summer of 2008. I did the canopy tour however I cannot recall the name of the company. I had such a fun time, and I remember the leather glove handbrake too. Thank you Costa Rica Travel Blog for liking an article, Self-care for the Busy Mind, and following my blog, http://www.gracefulearning.com Costa Rica is a very peaceful country, and visiting Costa Rica and all it offers would also be great holistic self-care. Blessings, Lori

    • Lori Smith, M.Ed. –
      Thank you so much for your comments! We are so glad to hear that you had such a great trip to Costa Rica a few years ago. You are 100% correct – the peaceful nature and ‘pura vida’ that is the country is both addictive and a self-soother. We are happy to have found Graceful Learning for the richness it provides. We just read your “Play” post – it is both informative and in-line with what we (and what I would expect most others) to experience from time to time. Love your writing! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • I was in Costa Rica two years ago and of course I took the opportunity to go on a canopy tour (Selvatura specifically). It was one of the best experiences in my life: Me, that I get so much vertigo, I did it!
    Nervous on the platforms I couldn’t look downward but from the beginning of each cable, however, I couldn’t avoid admiring the canopies and the spectacular rain forest you could see from the longest cables…
    One of the cables was so long, around 2km, that you had to do two by two! One can’t explain it, one has to live it.

    P.N.: the breaking system was managed by the staff so although you tried to use your hand if fact always was under control.

    • Woodpecker –
      I am so glad to hear that you have tried one of the canopy tours! It is thrilling, terrifying, exhilarating, and rewarding all at the same time. We regularly receive feedback from travellers that ziplining is one of the highlights of their trip, and we agree with you entirely – “one can’t explain it, one has to live it”! 🙂
      Pura vida!

    • Hotel Earth – FriendFeed –
      Thank you for the comment! We’re happy to hear that you enjoy the blog, but even more so that you have Costa Rica included on Booking World Vacation’s country list! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • Hi There!

    We love your blog! We are going to Costa Rica in January 2014 and it is the best informational blog we have seen about Costa Rica! Thank you! We have a question regarding ziplining. We are wondering about another ziplining company that is not listed on your blog. Have you heard of Adventure Park and Hotel Vista Golfo de Nicoya ? It is located in Puntarenas. How do you compare it to the ones you have listed on your blog?

    • Rakhee Patel –
      Thanks so much for the comment and (*blush*) kind compliment. 🙂 We are so happy to know that our blog has assisted you in your travel planning for your upcoming January trip!
      For Adventure Park (Hotel Vista Golfo) we have certainly heard of it! Unfortunately we haven’t yet visited to try their tours, so we cannot comment on their quality. 🙁 For this reason, we have not yet included the attraction on our website, as we tend to only include those sites, hotels, etc. that we have experienced firsthand (we’re proud to say that our recommendations are 100% our own unbiased opinions and are not for sale!). 🙂 However, I can let you know that the attraction does receive positive reviews on a regular basis via online travel forums. This is a good sign, as travellers tend not to lie – bad news always travels through the industry at a faster rate than good news, so if there were a lot of negative things to be said about any given site, chances are you would hear about it.
      As for the canopy tours (ziplining) that we mention in the post above, these are simply some of the more popular options offered in the La Fortuna (Arenal) and Monteverde areas. Canopy tours are widely available throughout the country – many of which are great and others provide lack-luster (in our opinion!) experiences. Given that La Fortuna (Arenal) and Monteverde are located in Costa Rica’s in-land area, the forest tends to be green, lush, and more representative of the “rainforest” that travellers long to experience. For this reason, given that the scenery is incredible, we argue that canopy tours run in the La Fortuna (Arenal) and Monteverde regions are some of the best in the country. This being said, if you do not plan to make a visit to either of these destinations during your trip and you are looking for an alternative canopy tour option, we would feel comfortable trusting the many positive reviews that can be found online for the Adventure Park you are considering visiting (in Miramar, north of Puntarenas) as it appears to be a decent option (note: Monteverde is not far from Miramar/the Adventure Park if you would prefer to make the drive up to that region of the country instead).
      Of course, if you have additional questions in regards to this topic or anything else, do not hesitate to ask as we are here to help! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • We are traveling with a party of six to Costa Rica staying at the Riu Resort…. Looking to go zip lining someplace close to our resort one of the gentleman in our party is over 300 pounds 6 foot four wondering if anyone can make any suggestions where we could zip line. Thanks!

  • Wonderful run down!! I spend just a few days in Costa Rica at least 11 years ago and would welcome the chance to visit again. Yours is a valuable resource for specifics when we do!! We did white water rafting and enjoyed it so much. Traveling the canopy would be just wonderful!!

  • Glad you decided to follow my blog. I have several posts about Costa Rica as well from a trip I took there two years ago. I had almost no interest in the popular stuff like zip lining, river rafting, etc. Costa Rica is a much easier place than Ethiopia for most Americans. There are similarities–green, mountains, lots of water, volcanoes, and really good looking people.

    • Juliana Lightle –
      Thanks so much for commenting! We checked out some of your Costa Rica posts – I especially loved the one about the views. You are 100% right – the views are amazing (and usually in the most unsuspecting places!). From Monteverde to Jaco to Manuel Antonio to San Jose – beautiful photos and a great post! 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • My son (8) may be afraid to go on a zip line by himself, but I would be able to convince him to go with me. Would I be able to ride double with him on any of the zip line tours?

    • Cooper –
      Great question! Some zipline operators will not allow children to run a cable with their parents (for liability purposes), however all will allow the child to run with one of the canopy tour guides if he/she is nervous to go alone (so long as the cable and weather conditions permit the tandem riders given the extra cable weight which influences the speed at which the cable is run). If in doubt, we would recommend going with either Sky Adventures’ tour in La Fortuna/Arenal or Sky Adventures’ tour in Monteverde. Sky Adventures is a tour operator that utilizes the automatic breaking system. By no means is the most common (albeit older) hand-breaking system utilized by other canopy tour operators unsafe, but from a convenience perspective, if your child is nervous to run the cable on his or her own, he/she may feel more comfortable about the entire tour experience knowing that the automatic breaking system is in place. 🙂
      Pura vida!

  • We are going to be staying in the Jaco area in April – I was wondering which of these is closest? We’re still not sure if we’ll have a rental car or not so distance will be a factor for us.

    Thanks so much!!

    Erin

    • Erin –
      Between the two (Monteverde and La Fortuna/Arenal), Monteverde would be the closest, however it would still require a multi-hour drive there from the Jaco region. To avoid driving all the way to/from Monteverde or La Fortuna/Arenal (if you don’t plan to visit either area during your trip, especially since you mentioned you may not have a rental car), I would simply plan to zipline closer to the Jaco area, such as with Vista Los Suenos Canopy: http://www.canopyvistalossuenos.com/
      Pura vida! 🙂

  • I am staying in La Fortuna area, arenal mundo looks great, but is it worth the drive to selvatua? I do have a rental car, but will be there in early July. It says the drive will be 2 hours plus, is it worth the drive for the longer lines, or should we stick with what is close?

    • Jen –
      In this case we would recommend staying in La Fortuna/Arenal and ziplining there. Selvatura is a tour operator that is based out of Monteverde/Santa Elena an area on the other side of Lake Arenal and an approximate 3-3.5 hour drive from downtown La Fortuna. Visits to Monteverde/Santa Elena are great, but we recommend going only if you plan to visit the area en route to another destination or if you have a few days/nights to spend in the region – not necessarily to drive all the way there and back in a day trip (especially for an activity like ziplining which is available in both areas). For more information regarding day trips to Monteverde from La Fortuna/Arenal (including our reasoning behind why we don’t usually recommend travellers make the trip) you may be interested in our related blog post: HOW TO MAKE A DAY TRIP TO MONTEVERDE FROM LA FORTUNA (ARENAL) OR VICE VERSA.
      Pura vida! 🙂

  • Any thoughts on what is the best from San Jose? We have heard that Arenal has the best ziplines but it is several hours away. What is your recommendation? We are going for our honeymoon and we both love hiking and ziplining and like the adventure.

    • Kevin –
      Great question! Arenal (and Monteverde) both offer great ziplining experiences (we argue the best in the country), however other tours are available to/from San Jose (the better ones that run to/from San Jose – in our opinion – still require a bit of a drive outside of the capital anyway). Will you be spending your entire honeymoon in San Jose? Either/both the La Fortuna/Arenal and Monteverde areas are worth a visit on their own (not only for the ziplining experiences but for so much more, details here: http://costaricatravelblog.com/2013/11/08/should-you-visit-la-fortuna-arenal-monteverde-or-both-destinations-during-your-costa-rica-vacation/). We think visiting La Fortuna/Arenal and Monteverde (or at least one of the two locations) is well worth the trip, but that will entirely depend on whether you would prefer to stay in the capital city the entire time or whether you plan to travel to other destinations throughout your time in-country.
      Pura vida! 🙂

  • We only did the zip-line at Monte Verde but it was great. The operators were very good and helpful for those that needed encouragement, we didn’t and had a blast on the zip-line and at the park

  • I’ll come back with my questions later, but just wanted to say: woooow what a great blog! 🙂 We are having our honeymoon in costa rica and for weeks now I have been all stressed about starting to plan the trip, I mean where do you start? But than I found ypu blog and I can finally visualize our trip. Thank you to both of you (and sorry about the spellig, iPhones…)

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