Zip-lining in the cloud forest
14.11.2011 - 15.11.2011 20 °C
Monteverde is in the Costa Rican cloud forest. There are many things you can do here, but unfortunately they are all quite expensive. I decided to only do one thing here, what many people come there for: the zip-lining. It was a spontaneous decision the night before and I was pretty nervous before it all started. But in the end it was all great fun! We started with some instructions and then a couple of practice zip-lines to get us used to it.
Gradually the cables got higher and longer and it became more and more exciting. We were flying through and above the cloud forest; it was beautiful!
There were some other activities, on top of the normal zip-lining. There was one place were we abseiled down a platform. It was not high, but there was a surprising moment of free fall because we did not know what was going to happen here.
We could then do the longest cable (720m) in Superman style. This means being fixed to the cable on the back and therefore hanging in a lying position facing downwards. It was scary at first because you had to let go of everything, were only fixed by one spot and could only see what was below you. Once I got used to the feeling it was amazing though. The forest below was beautiful and it felt like flying.
The last thing we could do optionally was a Tarzan swing. This is similar to bungee jumping, only that you jump from a point at a distanca from where the rope is fixed, so that you swing back and forth while falling. This was even scarier of course, you had to jump from a 40m high platform! Some people turned back when they reached the end of the bridge. I managed to get myself to jump. And it was worth it! It was really great!
So much adventure and adrenaline in 1 day! But we were still sad when it was over. More zip-lining please!