Costa Rica & Zip-Lining!

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I think Costa Rica must be another word for green.  This is where we experienced the rainforest.  It is lush and overgrown every which way you look.  This trip we did a Zip-line tour (I’ve included a video!) but the first time we came to Costa Rica we took a “skywalk” through the rainforest.  We climbed up and down through the jungle and over a dozen suspension bridges.

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We saw old growth and new growth and a poison dart frog about an inch long!

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We sampled several of the fresh fruits of Costa Rica – these small sweet bananas and the pineapple were my favorites. 

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Those logs turned out to be crocodiles!

I was much more comfortable getting close to this guy.

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It was on our second trip to Costa Rica that we got a bit more adventurous and went on a zip-line tour.   We suited up and climbed into gondolas for the ride up the mountain.

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The hardest part was traversing on the ground between lines.  The paths were wet and slippery! 

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The zip lines were soooo much fun.   There were lots of lines, some short, some long, you just had to try to stay straight in order to keep your speed up.  It’s pretty difficult to take pictures while zipping and you could easily lose your camera so I took my pics from the the platforms. 

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This tour included a great lunch      05 057 C Lunch

and a botanical garden….

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poisonous snakes!………in glass enclosures.

Our cruise this spring offered two different zip-line tours.  One was located nearby and had lots of short zip-lines.  The other was a 2 hour bus ride away and had several short lines with a final ride that was over one minute.  That’s a L..O..N..G.. zip.  We opted for the second. 

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They bussed us to the top of the runs and one led into the other without much hiking through the jungle.

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Here’s my Zip-Line video from our two tours.  I have great music on my computer version but because of copy write laws you’ll have to imagine your own tune!

Zip Line Experience

If this video doesn’t play correctly you can see it on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iq51llqNNOo&feature=g-upl

After doing the two different lines we would recommend the tour with more short zips.  The long zip-line was great but it was all over way too soon to justify the 2 hour drive each way!

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The drive took us over rivers and past banana fields. 

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They cover the fruit with blue plastic bags to keep bugs out and the blue lets the correct light in.

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We cruised for 2 relaxing days, making our way back to Ft. Lauderdale.

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But we aren’t headed home yet………….

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About graciamc

Gracia's Travels is a photo blog. I always take too many pictures on trips so I justify my compulsion with this blog! The blog is mostly photos - they tell the best part of the story. Please contact me if you would like to use any of my photos.
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3 Responses to Costa Rica & Zip-Lining!

  1. Mary Holm says:

    Okay, Gracia, I’m sold! Costa Rica looks like a strong candidate for our next big vacation!

  2. Susan Shanafelt says:

    Great job..makes me want to Zip line again. Susan

  3. That looked like an amazing adventure, some wonderful photos too.

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