Ziplining in Costa Rica

High Flying Adventures in the Home of the Canopy Tour

This is where it all began. Years ago, a scientist studying life in the rainforest canopy strung ropes through the treetops and hung by a harness while sliding from trunk to trunk. Cables then replaced ropes, pulleys were added to harnesses and the worldwide phenomenon of zip lining was born. Today, Costa Rica remains one of the best places in the world to soar through—or above— the trees while hanging from a wire. At locations around the country, networks of elevated lines run through forests, cross rivers, and even span entire valleys. Some routes are relaxing; others are not for the faint of heart.

Highlights

  • Best for: All travellers from budget to luxury with a love of nature and adventure
  • Best season to visit: Year Round, drier November - May
  • Weather: There is minimal seasonal variation in air temperatures, with highs reaching near 90 and lows touching 70 at night. The wet season runs from May through November, drier months from December to April bring lower humidity

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Ziplining in Costa Rica Overview

Zip line operations in Costa Rica have evolved far beyond single cable runs through the forest canopy. Most courses offer multiple lines and often include a dozen or more. A growing number also take the action out of the trees with high-flying runs between steel towers that can send riders hundreds of feet above the ground, at speeds of up to 40 miles an hour. At the same time, more traditional tree-to-tree courses remain popular with those seeking a bit less in the thrill department and more time to take in the forest environment.

Ziplining in Costa Rica Tips

To up the excitement quota, ask operators if it is possible to rig for a Superman flight. Instead of sitting in a chair-like harness, this rig will put you in a face-forward horizontal position. Many operators add camera mounts to the helmets they supply to riders. You may be able to attach a personal camera or rent one from the operator.

Best Places to Ziplining in Costa Rica

In Guanacaste province, Rincon de la Vieja National Park is a favorite area for canopy tours and other aerial adventures, due to both proximity to coastal resort areas and the diversity of ecosystems that visitors can discover. In addition to ziplines that run through the forest and across river canyons, adventure parks in the area offer rappelling, rock climbing, Tarzan swings, hanging bridges. Afterward, there are volcanic mud pools and thermal pools for relaxation.

What to Pack for Ziplining in Costa Rica

Wear shoes that won't fall off when you are in the air (no flip flops) and sports clothing that provides a full range of motion. Avoid short shorts that might ride up under a harness. Put sunglasses on a tether to prevent accidental drops.

Packages

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Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort

PLAYA HERMOSA - 7 NIGHT BEACH, DIVE AND ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations at Villa Sol including breakfast, lunch and dinner including alcohol, 3 days of 2-tank local dives, Tempisque wildlife boat tour with lunch, zip-line canopy tour, afternoon ATV Tour, roundtrip transfers for tours, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Occidental Papagayo

PAPAGAYO, GUANACASTE - BUILD YOUR OWN PACKAGE includes 7 night Deluxe Room accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner daily, snacks and beverages including alcohol, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Caradonna Adventures

COSTA RICA - 7 NIGHT ACTIVE ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 3 nights accommodations at Arenal Kioro Hotel with onsite hot springs and cool pools, 4 nights accmoodations at Bosque del Mar Hotel in Playa Hermosa, Chocolate tour and White water rafting combo, waterfall rappelling tour, choice of Stand up Paddleboard or Canopy Zip Line tour, catamaran adventure, breakfast daily, Waterfall Tour with lunch. Package includes all ground transportation from San Jose roundtrip, hotel tax and service charges.
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Caradonna Adventures

COSTA RICA - 7 NIGHT HIGH ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 1 night accommodation at Park Inn Radisson in San Jose, 3 nights accommodations at Arenal Manoa in Arenal and 3 nights accommodations at Si Como No in Manual Antonio. Activities including Class 3-4 White Water rafting on the Sarapiqui River, Hanging Bridges and Tabacon Hot Springs in Arenal, Waterfall Rapelling Tour, visit Butterfly Botanical Atrium, Crocodile Lagoon and Amphibian Jungle, Zip line tour, Catamaran Sail and snorkel. Package includes all ground transportation from San Jose roundtrip, 6 days of breakfast, hotel tax and service charges.
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From $1,741 per person double occupancy

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Caradonna Adventures

COSTA RICA - 7 NIGHT BEACH AND ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations at Villa Sol including breakfast, lunch and dinner including alcohol, Tempisque wildlife boat tour with lunch, zip-line canopy tour, afternoon ATV Tour, roundtrip transfers for tours, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Resorts

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Bosque del Mar Hotel

A unique beach front high-end boutique eco concept located in Hermosa Bay, Guanacaste. Surrounded by beautiful beachfront gardens with frequent visits by local monkeys and iguanas. Playa Hermosa Bay is a great and peaceful location for beach lovers, not crowded and offers a gorgeous view of Pacific Ocean. Close to Local diving, Catalina Island and Bat Island and lots of topside activities.
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Casa Conde del Mar

Beach Front All Inclusive Boutique Resort of 26 rooms located within a twenty two acres Tropical Dry Forest. Casa Conde Beach Front Hotel offers comfort and relaxation with one of the most pristine beaches in Costa Rica, Playa Panam?. Many water sports can be enjoyed including diving, fishing, swimming, and windsurfing. Playa Panam? has the Blue Flag certification and categorized as one of the most sanitary beaches in the country.
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Margaritaville Beach Resort

Escape to a tropical paradise where golden sands invite you to linger under shady palms and the warm, blue Pacific Ocean beckons you to dive in and explore. Where a relaxing and casual beach vibe and authentic hospitality truly inspire the spirit of Pura Vida - the pure life. Relax in beautiful rooms and suites overlooking beautiful gardens, oversized pool and the Pacific Ocean. Indulge your senses at OnZen Spa, lounge on the pristine beach or enjoy paddleboarding on Pacific waves. Relax by the sparkling outdoor pool and sip a cocktail at the swim-up pool bar. Take in a spectacular sunset over the ocean while enjoying international cuisine infused with Costa Rican flavors at our restaurant. Enjoy whitewater rafting, zip-lining adventures, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing and volcano tours. At the Margaritaville Beach Resort Playa Flamingo , the possibilities for romance and adventure are endless.
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Villas Sol Hotel & Beach Resort

PLAYA HERMOSA - 7 NIGHT BEACH, DIVE AND ADVENTURE PACKAGE includes 7 nights accommodations at Villa Sol including breakfast, lunch and dinner including alcohol, 3 days of 2-tank local dives, Tempisque wildlife boat tour with lunch, zip-line canopy tour, afternoon ATV Tour, roundtrip transfers for tours, roundtrip airport transfers, hotel tax and service charges.
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Occidental Papagayo

PAPAGAYO, GUANACASTE - The Occidental Papagayo is an all-inclusive resort in which premium service is joined by a breathtaking location just 35 minutes from Liberia International Airport. Situated on a bluff with stunning bay views and sunsets, the resort offers 4 restaurants, 4 bars, a day spa, tennis courts and many other activities. Diving services provided by Rocket Frog Divers nearby.
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Passport and/or Visa Requirements

A valid passport is required for entry that must be valid for length of stay. No visa is required for stays less than 90 days. The passport must have at least one blank page for the Costa Rica entry stamp. There is a departure tax of approximately $29 U.S. which should be included in your international ticket. Check the entry/exit requirements here.

Immunizations

There are no immunizations required for entry into Costa Rica, although you should check with your doctor and with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for other recommendations.

Culture and Customs

Costa Rica is known as the safest and most prosperous country in Central America. It is home to a large community of North American ex-pats, but also retains its distinctly Latin culture, which includes a relaxed attitude to schedules that is known as “Tico time.” Laid back is not the same as uncaring, however, and Costa Ricans are known for taking pride in their appearances and their work. A well-developed road system connects major destinations, but much of the country's central highlands remain wild and protected within national parks. Within a day's drive of beach resorts at Guanacaste lie the slopes of Arenal Volcano, the Monteverde Cloud Forest and Palo Verde National Park. Costa Rica is the eco-adventure capital of the Caribbean. Surfers come from around the world to ride famous breaks from Witch's Rock to Pavones. Coastal lodges are filled with fishermen seeking light tackle challenges with roosterfish or tug of war with a marlin. Forests draw birders, hikers and naturalists, and there are more than a dozen rivers offering whitewater rafting thrills. More relaxing experiences await at hot springs, where spa treatments and soaks in mineral-rich volcanic water provide a soothing end to an active day.

Electricity, Phone and Internet Access

The standard in Costa Rica is the same as in the United States: 110 volts AC (60 cycles). Some electric outlets only have 2 prong sockets, so an adapter may be needed for 3 prong plugs.

Costa Rica has an excellent phone system, and the country code for dialing is 506. Check with your cell phone provider for international data and voice plans and costs.

Many resorts and restaurants offer WiFi.

Water Quality

Although the water in Costa Rica is generally safe to drink, water quality varies in some cities. It would be best to use bottled water and avoid ice.

Language & Currency

Spanish is the official language of Costa Rica, but English is widely spoken. The Costa Rican currency is called the “colon”. Check the current exchange rate here. Many businesses will accept U.S. Dollars and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time

Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time, 6 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (-6 GMT). Costa Rica does not use daylight saving time, so the time difference is an additional hour April through October.

Location, Size and Population

Costa Rica is located in Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua (to the north) and Panama (to the south). Costa Rica encompasses a total of 19,700 square miles (51,100 square kilometers).

The population of Costa Rica is 4.9 Million (2015) with approximately 350,000 living in the province of Guanacaste.