There are only four places in the world with an ecosystem so unique that it produces a cloud forest — the Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica is one.
IS PREVIOUS ZIPLINING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED FOR PARTICIPATION IN A COSTA RICA ZIPLINING TOUR?
No. All Costa Rica ziplining tours include a safety demonstration (and all necessary ziplining equipment) regardless of a participant’s level of experience with the activity.
DO I NEED TO BE IN GOOD PHYSICAL CONDITION IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN A COSTA RICA ZIPLINING TOUR?
Yes. You do not need to have completed an Ironman competition or run a marathon to do so, but you should be mobile (i.e., able to walk without issue), have the ability to use your arms to hold onto ropes and/or cables if/when required (and the flexibility to put one arm above/behind your head, if the ziplining tour you have selected requires it), have the ability to bend your knees and cross your legs, and not have any preexisting medical conditions that could be worsened by adrenaline-inducing activities, sudden and jerky movements, and/or physical exercise.
WILL I SEE WILDLIFE DURING MY COSTA RICA ZIPLINING TOUR?
Unfortunately this is impossible to predict, as the act of wildlife-spotting can never be 100% guaranteed. This being said, you can typically spot a variety of birds and butterflies while ziplining, and are regularly serenaded by the forest’s natural soundtrack of bird calls and cicada buzzes among the cables’ high-pitched hums.
WHAT HAPPENS IF IT RAINS THE DAY OF MY COSTA RICA ZIPLINING TOUR?
Given that Costa Rica is part rainforest, rain is inevitable. For this reason, the majority of tours and activities run rain or shine. However, in the event of extreme weather, such as significant rainfall or high winds that would make the zipline cables dangerous to run, the ziplining tour would be cancelled by the tour operator.
WHAT DO I WEAR FOR MY COSTA RICA ZIPLINING TOUR?
In short, wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind wearing a harness in or getting dirty. Most participants wear loose shorts shorts or pants (ideally ones that won’t bunch up) with a t-shirt or tank top. Running shoes or strap-on sandals are a must as flip flops or the use of other unsecured footwear is not permitted. Hats are also not permitted, as a helmet must be worn during the tour (if you have long hair, consider leaving your hair down or tying it in a low ponytail/bun to prevent discomfort while wearing the helmet). Do not wear any valuable jewelry or accessories to avoid losing them in the forest. On days when it rains (or has rained), sometimes wet/damp equipment can leave metal/rust stains on clothing; to err on the side of caution, wear clothing that you don’t mind discarding in case it gets stained during the tour.
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