Riding a Zip Line in Costa Rica

Today I joined two fantastic clients, a lovely couple from Switzerland, for a fun-filled adventure. We took the boat over to Golfito to give the canopy zip line a try. We drove up the steep mountainside on a road that turned from paved to hard dirt to a deeply rutted trail. That was almost enough for me although the views of the sea were gorgeous. Nonetheless, I secretly hoped we would zip line to the bottom of the mountain to avoid a return truck ride. Ten platforms 45 meters above the tree tops and 3,000 meters of zip line later, we finished with everyone patting each other on the back. I noted there were three platforms available to exit the tour along the way, but we all made it to the very end.

That afternoon, I took a boat tour of Rio Coto. It was fascinating. My guide, Andrew, pointed out many birds including Amazonian parrots, ibis, flat billed herons, and blue swallows. I’m embarrassed to say that I’m not a birder so much of it was lost on me, however, I loved seeing and hearing each bird. But I was most ecstatic when the capuchin monkeys made their appearance. It was a very relaxing and pleasant three-hour boat ride through the mangroves. I learned a great deal and left feeling like an actual birder. Andrew is a wealth of information and while originally from the UK, he has made Zancudo his home. I highly recommend this scenic tour especially to any birders.

By: Line A. Bouthillette, Senior Program Manager – Central America and Venezuela