Canopy Tour and Beach

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Entrance to the Tour

We had scheduled to go on a canopy tour with the hotel receptionist. It was only $65 U.S. dollars and it involved transportation to and from the site, about 2 hour canopy tour and a Costa Rican lunch. We left at 10am to go on the 50 minute shuttle ride into the rain forest. We got there and got hooked up by our guides and then it started raining! Go figure...it's raining in a rain forest. The professional photographers gave there little talk about having CD's available with at least 20 pictures of each person plus views of the jungle. Well, as we got started the photographers then relayed that their equipment was not water proof and we wouldn't have any pictures =( This was a little disappointing since I had left my camera with the expectation of the professional photographers.

First platform for the zipline tour
Next time, I'll make sure I have a waterproof camera!

So, we were off on the Canopy Safari! The first zipline was a little nerve racking since I've never done anything like that before. I wasn't afraid of heights so at least I had that going for me. The first one was fun and short to get a little taste of what it was going to be like.  Then on to the hike up the mountain to go down other ziplines. For anyone that isn't in at least moderate physical condition this would have been difficult. We got to the top and had more ziplines. The guides were very knowledgeable and personable. They definitely added to the experience. The views were breathtaking! Since it was raining we didn't see any animals. The guides said the animals were all taking cover from the rain.

Atiba and I
Now who's the smarter one....the animals taking shelter in the rain or the humans traveling on a zipline in the pouring rain 100 feet above the ground????? Anyway, the views were phenomenal with the trees and the steam from the warm rain around the tops of the trees! Overall, there were 9 ziplines, 2 repel lines, a Suspension Bridge, a Tarzan Swing and a few more walking trails. If the weather had been nicer there were definitely opportunities to have your own camera and take pictures. By the end of the tour I was soaking wet and a little chilly. I was also getting a little braver and confident in the ziplines and able to brake comfortably with my hands (wearing gloves of course). Some things to remember if you go on a tour: Bring a change of clothes - even if it is the dry season, bring a waterproof camera and always KEEP YOUR KNEES UP! If you didn't do the last one you were bound to have some nice bruises from ramming into the platforms.
Single lane bridge that took forever to get the chance to cross and then was crazy to cross!
There was some padding on it but not enough to really protect you at the speeds you were going.

The last zipline lead us to our original departure spot. Lunch was warm and ready for us to dig in. Nobody waited around to grab a plate with the appetizing smells and sights of a true Costa Rican meal: rice, beans, chicken, salad and plantains. The bus ride back was long since we all had to sit there in our wet clothes =(

Once we were back at the hotel we couldn't even take a warm shower since our hotel didn't have ANY hot water. Even though it wasn't very nice out we decided to go to the beach. It was only about 3pm by the time that we got back. We rented a boogie board from the hotel and tried our luck in the water. Neither Atiba nor I had ever been on one of those boards so we ingested a lot of sand and water! It was still fun to try something new though.

Back at Manuel Antonio beach - they had horseback riding
Back to the pool for another sweet drink to balance out all the salt water we took in. After the pool it was back to the room for a shower and nap. We woke up and tried to order a pizza. The place wasn't open on Sundays. Instead we ate at Kapi Kapi, a great place for seafood. I would recommend the lemongrass soup and chicken lettuce wraps. They were fabulous! For dessert there was a  lime pie which was also delicious. On Sunday nights there really wasn't anything to do so we ended up walking down to the beach and sitting there for a bit. We didn't stay too long though since we saw some bats flying around. Plus, it was still dark and we didn't really know the area so we just went back to the hotel. On a roll for the fourth day in a row with spectacular views and experiences!

mellemel8 says:
i am going to check this out :)
Posted on: Feb 24, 2008
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Entrance to the Tour
Entrance to the Tour
First platform for the zipline tour
First platform for the zipline tour
Atiba and I
Atiba and I
Single lane bridge that took forev…
Single lane bridge that took fore…
Back at Manuel Antonio beach - the…
Back at Manuel Antonio beach - th…
View from the main area
View from the main area
Everybody looking funny with their…
Everybody looking funny with thei…
Atiba getting hooked up by one of …
Atiba getting hooked up by one of…
Me and one of the guides
Me and one of the guides
View of Manuel Antonio Park
View of Manuel Antonio Park
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