What better way to connect with Costa Rica’s outdoor life than to combine the excitement of zip lining like a monkey with the chance to ride like a cowboy on horseback through scenic forest trails and rural countryside!
This adventure will take you to an amazing place called Monkey Jungle, a protected wildlife reserve dedicated to protecting the environment. Here you can experience the meaning of the Puva Vida lifestyle!
You will be picked up from your lodging in either Tamarindo or Flamingo and taken to Monkey Jungle headquarters where you will be greeted by the staff and meet your bilingual guides. Then you will be taken to meet the horses and matched with a good natured, well trained caballo based on your size and experience.
You’ll ride across the beautiful Costa Rican rural landscape, going over hills, through the tropical forest, crossing over rivers and riding along back roads in this beautifully reforested area. At one time clear cut for lumber and used as pasture, this woodland paradise is now restored bringing back many species of natural wildlife.
You may be surprised to learn that there are still rural pueblos where horses are used for local transportation. Horsemanship is a deeply embedded tradition and every town hosts an annual rodeo to show off the agility of the horses and ability of their riders. You can savor the sensation of riding like a local campesino as you return through this tropical lowland forest.
Monkey Jungle is home to a variety of protected animal species including birds, monkeys, iguanas and even endangered jaguars. The chances of seeing a jaguar are pretty slim, but your knowledgeable guides will help you spot what animal life is visible on the day of your visit.
Taking care to preserve the natural environment, they created a series of zip lining platforms strategically placed in the upper limbs of the huge Guanacaste trees comprising the canopy. Once you leave the horses behind, you’ll be ready to climb to the top of the canopy and zip your way back down!
After safety instructions, you will be fitted with a harness and helmet. You’ll hike to the first platform where the guides will instruct you in how the zip lining equipment works and answer any questions.
Once you are hooked onto the first cable, you’ll be soaring over the forest below with spectacular views extending way out to the horizon. If the weather is clear you can see beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean coastline in the distance.
At each platform, a guide will receive you and connect your harness to the next cable. There are 7 cables in all, reaching up to 450 meters long. Some are designed to go faster, longer or steeper as you become comfortable with how easy zip lining is.
Your guides will demonstrate how to fly like Superman, horizontally with your hands free, which is an incredibly liberating experience. They will even show you how to fly upside down! At the end there is a special treat, the Tarzan Swing, which allows you to swoop through the forest like Tarzan in the movies. Don’t be scared, it’s really fun!
Always accommodating, your friendly guides will be glad to take photos or videos for you with your camera or cell phone so that you will be able to share your memories with loved ones back home. Upon your return to Monkey Jungle headquarters, you’ll be given a bottle of cold water and fresh fruit to enjoy in the picnic area.
Round trip transportation, bilingual guides, entry fees, equipment, water and fruit snack are all included in this double fun, half-day adventure combo. Note: one way transportation time can take up to 1 hour depending on the location of your lodging. So just sit back and relax as you travel to new and different places to add to your Costa Rican vacation experience.