Canyoning is one of the adrenal boosting multi-sport adventure that you might want to list it on things to do in Costa Rica. Recently canyoning has gained popularity among adventure lovers. Canyoning is combination of waterfall rappelling and zipline. This adventure activity is fun, but at the sametime it might be little challenging for the first timers, especially waterfall rappelling. At the same time, I would say it is not just for professional adventure experts or climbers, anybody with little sense of adventure can enjoy Canyoning. Canyoning is safe adventure sport during which you are always wearing safety proof harness and backed up by guides.
From San Jose, we had around one and half hour drive to the place featuring waterfalls and zip line. Once we reached the destination, guide provided all safety details and explained the use of safety gears. Our Guide made sure and checked that everybody in our tour group are outfitted with latest and safest gear from Black Diamond in the USA. Guide was pretty good explaining the safety and proper use of gears. Our tour started with a hiki into forests for 25 minutes. Along the way our guide was pretty good explaining the different kinds of plants and natural resources in Costa Rica that we came along the way throughout the tour.
After 25 minutes of hike, we arrived at the top from where real adventure starts. Guide explained and made us practice rappelling on high slope that gave us an idea about waterfall rappelling descent. Tour started with one zip line that went over approximately 200′ waterfall. We started first descent down through the waterfalls.
Let me tell you this that first descent is always the toughest. There is a strong wooden structure from where you have to let yourself go down hanging on rope in free air until you reach the waterfall. Like I said, first descent could be very challenging for some people. Hardest part is to let yourself go down, DO NOT look back otherwise you may end up deciding not to go for the adventure. You are always safe with harness and backed up by your guide. But, you have to do it your own.
We rappel down the face of 4 waterfalls from 100 to 70 feet high. For me, first descent was challenging but next three descents were not tough at all.
Fourth descent they call as “monkey jump”, where you zipline half way and you are dropped free with rope down to base. Nothing to worry, you are safe with rope and guides are with you to control if needed.
After finishing fourth drop, we started hiking for next 10 minutes through river rocks. It was pretty good but make sure to walk cautiously because rainforest makes rocks slippery sometimes. We ended our tour with two longest zipline. I would say last zipline is the longest over 2000 feet on very high elevation.
At the end of canyoning tour we were offered fresh pineapples and soft drinks. Trust me, after 4-5 hours of adventure you will really need some fuel to get yourself going.
At first, I was scared to go for waterfall rappelling and zipline canyoning tour but at the end I must say it was worth going for the tour!
I recommend you to go for canyoning if you have a little sense of adventure. People with height phobia should avoid waterfall rappelling and zipline canyoning tour. Overall, you get close to the nature throughout the tour.
Costa Rica is blessed with nature, especially rainforests has it’s own beauty that we cannot find anywhere.
Pura Vida, Costa Rica !!!