From its pristine beaches to the tops of the forest canopy, Costa Rica is a land of beauty. Many tourists flock to the area for the beaches alone, but the country is also well known for its canopy adventures. High above the forest ground, often more than 100 feet, are a myriad of branches, bridges, and ziplines just waiting to be enjoyed.
Humans aren’t the only ones who appreciate the beauty and resources of the forest canopy. More than 90 percent of the animals in the area and more than half of the plant life live at these higher elevations. When exploring above, you’ll see more of Costa Rica than you could ever see by hiking trails alone.
There are a few different ways you can explore the forest canopy. The country has many great programs and tour companies that specialize in just this sort of thing. That includes aerial trams, hikes on hanging bridges, and adrenaline-pumping rides along ziplines.
Ziplines have become more fun and more reliable over the last few decades. A tourist of almost any age can enjoy a zipline adventure. The same applies to people in various physical conditions. A strong cable and reliable harness are enough to keep you safe and secure as you zoom along and view the forest from above.
And what if a zipline is just a little too fast? Instead, consider enjoying a casual aerial tram that will transport you through the canopy in safety and comfort. Or, if you would rather be outside, you can hike along the many hanging bridges alongside an experienced travel guide. The view can stretch on for many acres packed with vegetation and wildlife.
Here are some of the best tour companies in the country that offer these types of experiences.
- Zipline And Aerial Tram & Arenal Reserve
Most zipline adventures also include a ride in the aerial tram. The tram takes tourists to a platform near the top of the Costa Rica canopy. The ride up is just as expansive and beautiful as the ride down. Of course, you should also take a moment to view the surrounding acres while you wait on the platform. Afterward, you’ll be attached to a safety harness, hooked to the zipline, and you’ll zip across to the next viewing platform.
The Arenal Volcano is one of the most visited destinations in the country. And for a good reason – it’s one of the most active volcanoes in the world. However, you can never truly appreciate its power and magnitude until you’ve viewed it from above on the aerial tram.
- Diamante Superman Canopy Zipline
Guanacaste is home to some of the country’s most memorable dry forest regions. The wildlife that lives there is very different from much of Costa Rica. But attempting to take it all in on foot would be futile. As most tourists would agree, the only way to really appreciate the experience is from above the trees where everything is visible. Diamante Superman ziplines make that a reality for people almost every day.
- Jaco Canopy Zipline Tour
Are you an experienced zipline enthusiast? If so, then leave the rookie companies alone and take an adventure with Jaco zipline tours. They reach speeds well beyond those achieved during the beginner tours offered by most other companies. And even though you’ll be traveling fast, you still have a lot of breathtaking scenery to take in, including a nearby beach, waterfalls, and local wildlife.
- Jaco Rainforest Aerial Tram
Not everyone who visits Jaco is a thrill seeker. Some want to enjoy a more comfortable seat while they travel through the rainforest and stare in awe at nature. For those people, there’s the Jaco Rainforest aerial tram. It’s an open-air tram led by some of the best local guides that Costa Rica has to offer. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss.
- Manuel Antonio Canopy Safari
This is a company that defined the canopy tour industry and continues to do so today. They are the oldest such company in the south of Costa Rica. You don’t survive as long as the Manuel Antonio tour company without hiring knowledgeable staff and offering unforgettable views. Those are both guarantees when you choose this company. They offer a few additional exciting activities like the suspension bridge and a rappelling line.
- Monteverde Sky
Every canopy tour company has something unique to offer. In the case of Monteverde, it’s their access to more than 100 different mammal species, 2,500 flora species, and 400 bird species. That’s not including the many thousands of different species of insects that also inhabit the area. If you want to see as much wildlife as possible on a single tour, then this is your best option.
- San Luis Canopy Tour
Tourists visit the Central Valley region of Costa Rica for many reasons. One of the biggest being their massive forest canopy that is perfect for ziplining. The region has a total of 18 platforms and 12 different lines. Beneath the lines and the platforms are rivers, forests, and abundant wildlife.
- Arenal Hanging Bridges Hike & Hot Springs Tour
Once again, we return to the Arenal region, but not for the ziplines. This tour company offers a variety of activities but primarily focuses on hiking tours across its suspended bridge network. There are 15 bridges that stretch across for nearly 2 miles. Some of these bridges are an impressive 200 feet off of the ground. And once the hiking is done, you can finish the trip by relaxing in the Arenal hot springs.
- Pozo Azul Zipline And Horseback Ride
This tour company offers a truly unique experience. It begins with a pleasant horseback ride near the Sarapiqui River. The ride ends near the first platform where you will ascend to nearly 90 feet. From there, you can zoom along a network of 12 cables and 17 platforms across a massive canyon. It’s a one-of-a-kind canopy adventure.
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