Brace yourself for an unforgettable adventure on the Spider Monkey Canyon tour…Imagine hiking into a canyon with scenic waterfalls near the Arenal volcano, rappelling down the face of a cliff, crossing over hanging bridges, zip lining freely through the rain forest and sloshing along in a river all in just a half day tour!
The day starts when you are picked up from your hotel and brought to your tour’s rappelling/zip lining headquarters located between Lake Arenal and Arenal Volcano. Once you arrive your professional guide will size you up so you can suit up with the latest safety gear. Your guide will then provide operational and safety instructions as you familiarize yourself with the equipment.
The walk down to the canyon is brief, but surrounded by beauty. Once you arrive, your guide will secure the ropes so you can begin rappelling by descending over the face of a cliff into a shallow river below. This is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! No worries though, a second guide will be positioned at the base, controlling a secondary safety line at all times.
Once you gain your bearings you will continue through the jungle until you reach the hanging bridges offering great views of the rain forest. Your experienced guide will likely alert you to any birds, reptiles or other wildlife that may be visible from your elevated vantage point as you walk over the hanging bridges taking in the magnificent view.
Next your guide will show you how to operate the zip line equipment safely attached to steel cables where you’ll learn to lean forward and fly through the forest canopy with ease. Zip lining and repelling is the ultimate Costa Rican experience and you’ll have the opportunity to do both in this tour.
Finally you will hike through the scenic Rio Arenal where you can cool your heels before hiking back up to the top of the canyon along a well groomed trail. The hike up requires that you be in reasonably good physical condition.
Returning to the tour headquarters you’ll be offered refreshments of tropical fruit and cold drinks including water. There is a changing room available where you can change into dry clothes after the tour. Depending on the distance to your hotel, the included transportation can take from 15 minutes to almost an hour each way. NOTE: Closed annually on the Friday before Easter for one day.
This tour is the perfect way to participate in several canopy activities at once with the added advantage of hiking next to the awe inspiring Arenal Volcano.