5 Best Ziplining Locations in Costa Rica
Zipline tours as they are now were pioneered in Costa Rica, and as a result they are an essential part of any trip to Costa Rica.
#1 Arenal Reserve (Sky Trek). This tour is great not only for the intensity of its ziplines, and its length, it is also accessible to people of all ages. Instead of climbing up to the starting platform, visitors are safely transported in a covered aerial tram. From there, you begin a series of 10 ziplines, hundreds of feet in the air and thousands of feet long.
#2 Monteverde Cloud Forest. Away from the oppressive heat of the lowlands, zip lining through Costa Rica’s most famous Cloud Forest is a treat in of itself. The tour is also particularly long, including a series of 12 ziplines, and there is a Tarzan-swing style jump at the end -- so you will definitely get your money’s worth on this tour.
#3 Guanacaste (Diamante Superman Canopy Zipline). The zipline circuits here are unique because of their views of both a tropical rainforest, and Pacific ocean. Only the truly adventurous will want to take this tour, however -- you are required to fly headfirst on these ziplines!
#4 Montezuma Waterfall Canopy Tour. This tour’s highlight is what it’s named after: on the solid, 13-line circuit, there is a stop at a the beautiful Montezuma waterfall, before continuing on with the rest of the zipline tour. There is also the added bonus of being one of the more affordable zipline deals in the country.
#5 Witches Rock Canopy Tour. This is the luxury version of ziplining, and probably the safest, most high-tech zipline circuit on this list. Not only is the Witches Rock circuit an impressive 24 platforms long, with three hangings bridges as an add-on, you will get stunning views of forest, waterfalls, and ocean on this tour.
When To Go on a Zipline Tour
Weather in Costa Rica is relatively consistent year round, so there is no bad time to go ziplining, weather wise. However, the drier season in Costa Rica (December to April) does align with the main tourist season. So if you want to save money on airfare and hotel prices, traveling during the “rainy” season of May to November is a great option.
Regardless of the season, though, make sure to pack sunscreen and bug spray!
What to Wear on A Zipline Tour
Make sure your clothing is comfortable, and for women, make sure you are wearing pants or shorts. You will be wearing a snug harness for the duration of your zipline tour, and this harness will likely fasten between your legs. You will also have to wear secure shoes; basically, just make sure you are not wearing flip flops.