Costa Rica – Ziplining in the Monteverde Cloud Forest

  1. The Monteverde Extremo Park

The Monteverde Cloud Forest offers a variety of activities which include horseback riding, bat exhibits, a serpentarium, insect exhibits, coffee plantation tours, a frog pond tour, night tours, a butterfly garden and more. More adventurous activities include suspended walkways/hanging bridges tours and canopy tours. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is a must-do if you are visiting Costa Rica. It is the headquarters of all the adrenaline junkies in the country, and for good reasons. The Monteverde Cloud Forest is located approximately 4 hours away from San Jose. It is highly recommended to have a 4×4 car for this trip, as the last 1h30 are on gravel road.

The area is home to many extreme sports companies and therefore a perfect place to get your heart racing. The most popular attraction is of course the ziplining tour. At the Monteverde Extremo Park, you can book a canopy tour for $50. This tour offers cables that are more than 3400 feet long and 600 feet high. There are 10 regular ziplines, 2 superman ziplines, 1 rappel and 1 tarzan swing (see video). The crew is very professional and the entire experience felt very safe and secure. The compagny also offers other activities such as bungee jumping, extreme swings and buggy tours. Check out their website for more information.

 

 

  1. Hiking the Cloud Forest

The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve is perfect for all levels of hiking as it has a network of trails reaching 13km.  The many different trails differ in length and difficulty, offering hiking options for everyone. The Cloud Forest contains approximately 10 trails, which also includes a waterfall, a hanging bridge and gorgeous viewpoints. A popular stop in the park is at “La Ventana,” a scenic overlook of the incredible Cloud Forest panorama. Entrance to the park is $20 for adults and $10 for students (with valid student ID).

 

  1. Fauna and Flora in the Monteverde Cloud Forest

Did you know that 2.5% of the world’s biodiversity can be found in the Monteverde region? Costa Rica already houses 5% of the world’s biodiversity, and this country only represents 0.03% of the total global landmass! The uniqueness of this forest comes from the fact that it lies both on the Atlantic and Pacific slopes of the Continental Divide. With over 3000 species of plants (500 types of orchids!) and 755 species of trees, Monteverde has an intense floral richness. A recurring type of vegetation in the forest are the lianas, bromeliads and the large amounts of mosses. Locals call this area the ‘Green Mountain’ due to the high percentage of epiphytes (plants that grow on plants) present in the forest. This small piece of land offers an incredible variety of different kinds of vegetation. As mentioned before, the forest is home to over 500 species of orchids. Among those, 34 that were discovered in the forest are new to science. It therefore comes to no surprise that Monteverde is considered an international hub for sustainable tourism. The entirety of the income that is collected from visitors at the entrance of the park goes directly to fund research, educative and preservation programs.

Be prepared to encounter all kinds of animals in this forest. Five minutes after entering the park, we were greeted by a gigantic black snake. No need to be scared, most of the time they won’t even acknowledge your presence (well unless you provoke them). There are over 500 bird species in the forest alone, 120 types of amphibians and reptiles, as well as 130 species of mammals. Most popular are coatis, sloths, poison dart frogs, tapirs, quetzals, howler monkeys and toucans. For more information on the Cloud Forest Reserve, click here.

 

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  • WayfaringBroad

    The cloud forest looks beautiful. I would totally do the Tarzan swing but add a Tarzan scream in there for good measure 😉

    • Wallis

      Haha i screamed pretty hard myself :p

  • Medha Verma Bector

    Ziplining is one of my favourite things to do as well, I loved your video. By the way, just let the sound of a ‘serpentarium’ gives me goosebumps!

    • Wallis

      Haha thanks, I totally screamed when I went down haha – but yeah the serpentarium is maybe not for me either. Although I saw a few snakes while I was on the trails in the forest and that didn’t freak me out too much!

  • Whoa. I have heard about the crazy long zip lines in Costa Rica and hope to get there some day!

    • Wallis

      The superman one was SO LONG haha but totally incredible!

  • foreverroamingtheworld

    Zip lining over forest canapes is so much fun, I did this in Australia over the Daintree Rain-forest..It must have been amazing in Costa Rica. Unfortunately I only drove through Costa Rica during my trip to Central America, Definitely need to go back and travel through it properly 😀 (I spent too much time in Mexico and Guatemala lol)

  • Bee “Bee Du Jour” Du Jour

    this is relaly cool and a wonderful place to do outdoor things. I like how they have hiking for all levels too! the zip lining looks amazing.

    • Wallis

      Costa Rica really is an amazing place for any type of outdoor activity! 🙂

  • Karishma Kirpalani

    This sure looks a very fun and cool place to do lots of crazy stuff … the zip lining looks absolutely wow

    • Wallis

      The ziplining was an incredible experience, especially the superman one!!

  • I only went zipling for the first time last year but I’m totally addicted. I wanna zipline through as many cool places as I can and this one looks awesome. Loving your video

    • Wallis

      Yes!! It was my first time as well since I was a child, and I absolutely love it! I wanted to go ziplining in Alaska but it’s so expensive there. You should definitely go to Monteverde!!!