July 4, 2015 by kimberlyfenton
The small town is next to the Cloud Forest and has been built up around the extreme activities which draw tourists in from all over the world. It boasts the longest and highest zip line in the world, and the highest bungee jump in Latin America. Pretty cool, although the town is full of tourists, tourist agencies with mannequins flying outside their shops, and restaurants. Perfect for adventure and adrenaline… just don’t expect the full beauty of Costa Rica.
we experienced the must-do activity in Monteverde, the canopy and zip-lining tour with 100% Aventura. You could tell that this was one of the most popular activities here, as it wasn’t like any of the other tours that we’ve been on with the personal touch of a really friendly guide. Here it was just so efficient, and boom, boom, boom. After the safety briefing we were off on our first zipline, and it was just nonstop from there… no hanging about, almost a pun, after ziplining one line, we landed on the platform, lifted up to get unhooked, and then straight off the same platform onto the next one. Such a buzz!
The two superman lines were definitely the best, and they seemed to go on forever! The 360 degree view from the line was unbelievable! Flying down the last zipline in the superman position we were able to see the Tarzan Swing! Gulp! To anybody that didn’t already know what to expect, they would’ve believed it to have been a bungee platform; it was so high, and with all the bungee ropes ready for their next victim. The walk from the edge of the mountain to the platform was a daunting one. Essentially a hanging bridge with no destination, we walked the plank one by one and had no idea what to expect. Nor did we have time to think about it, or turn away. Once we were at the edge, and seeing how high up we were for the first time, we were all hooked up and ready to go with the only one instruction “Jus’ hold here and jump.” Before you know it, the gate holding you safely secured was sprung from your waist and the bungee ropes give you no option but to just jump and enjoy the free fall. WOW. IT WAS AMAZING! Given that you don’t get to see anyone doing it before you go, the extent of the drop was completely unexpected and then the bungee ropes catch your fall just as your tummy about reaches your chest and it swings you so high and fast that you really do feel like the jungle man himself. Such a thrill!!!
I went before Sal, and all she could hear were my screams of excitement as I flew through the air and then swung back and forth a couple of times. Then it was Sal’s turn and I was so glad that I had gone first so I could watch her go. I could see from the bottom that she was asking the man lots of questions and asking for her harness to be tightened, whilst being completely ignored, she gets strapped in and bundled to the edge. She was looking down at me like “Kiiim?” and the door jumps wide open, and before you know it, there she went flying, falling and screaming like a mad woman. It was priceless. She loved it and we both wanted to go again straight away! Definitely one of the highlights of the trip! It was just madness and so much fun!