Canopy touring in the Monteverde region
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July 31st, 2009 – by: sophiewil24
Our minibus picked us up and took us the 15-minute journey to the canopy centre, where we were soon kitted out with harnesses, leather-stregnthend gloves and thankfully this time, some helmets (This was of course after the mandatory signing of the disclaimer)! It was reassuring due to the nature of the tour that we were given a lot more instruction, which even involved a formal lesson of how not to dislocate your shoulder by holding the zipwire incorrectly.
The 2hr long route included 16 cables (zip wires) which , varying in length from about 15 metres between two treetops, to a terrifying 600m at a 80m height across the valley. The staff at 100% Aventura were excellent and really welcoming. Everytime you were hooked onto a cable with your caribina and safety line, the staff member would tell you when to break and how fast the line was. As you arrived at each of the platforms they would help you onto it, ask how you were and make sure you got onto the next cable safely and were happy with everything.
After about 6 cables we came to a point where there was no cable. My confusion heightened when the man just clipped both of my lines onto a vertical rope and said ´it´s ok, they´ll break for you at the bottom´.
A few cables later, the next terrifying experience was when we got to the ¨Tarzan Swing", which consisted of a swing in the middle of forest which reached a height of 30 metres and involved falling off a little platform to get onto it. I was getting really nervous climbing up the steps to the platform for this, and the two guys at the top who were strapping everyone in, realising this and so started winding me up by muttering in Spanish. It was quite funny though, and although dropping off the platform was scary (hence the picture of me screaming), swinging out across the forest was awesome and so high!
The last cable turned out to be the new ´Superman´cable, which they were so proud of.
It was such an amazing feeling though, and it literally was like you were flying above the forest canopy, looking down on all of the wildlife. By this time however, my knees had almost given up on me, and I can´t say that I was all that upset when we had our harnesses taken off us, and were taken back to the reception.
At a couple of places en-route there had been a photographer, and sure enough, when we reached reception a plasma screen was showing a slide show of all of the pictures which were available to buy on a CD. As they were pretty cool, we decided to pay the rip-off $10 for the CD, and I had been unable to take photos anywhere near as good during the tour. What an awesome day though, and to top it all off, we are currently being entertained with a spectacular display of thunder and lightning!
We have booked tickets on the bus back to San Jose for tomorrow morning at 6.30am, so it´ll be another early start, and a long day, as we´re planning to head straight on from there to our next destination, Puerto Viejo de talamanca. As long as we can make our bus connection in San Jose, we should arrive there at around 6 or 7pm.
Love to everyone in England, hope the weather´s a bit better.
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