I’m back from vacation and let me tell you, I WOULD LIVE THERE IN A HEARTBEAT. Costa Rica is both beautiful, full of culture, and the people were some of the friendliest I’ve met.
One of the best parts of our vacation was booking our adventure day. While we stayed at Planet Hollywood and booked our trip through my amazing client, iDream Travel, I was really excited to find our own adventure excursions. This had me scouring Instagram and TripAdvisor for amazing reputable small businesses that could show us the real Costa Rica, while letting us have the crazy tourist adventures.
This brought us to Outdoor Adventures CR with our guide, Gerson. I found them through their Instagram, and was very happy with how quickly and promptly he sent me along a variety of ideas and options. Matt and I had made a list of things we knew we wanted to see and do, and at the top of that list were the ziplines through the rainforest! When I told Gerson we wanted ziplines, he sent us this description:
“If extreme Zip lines are what we´re talking about, this place carries the award. Located in the magical rain forest it will make you feel a unique experience beyond distance and height. Start your adventure in an air tram ride up to the top of the mountains where you will admire the amazing view of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake, then take a trip by 7 thrilling cables, going down the hill, platform to platform, reaching incredible lengths and heights, crossing the forest, huge canyons and sometimes clouds. At the end of this activity get ready to enjoy a Delicious lunch in a local restaurant situated on the slopes of the volcano and then relax in the Arenal Volcano hot springs, or as a second option enjoy the refreshing and clear water of the 165 ft high waterfall La Fortuna.”
This sounded like exactly what we were looking for, and while we knew what we would be doing, we were blown away by the quality of the tour and of the events! We started our day off with a 6:30am meet up just outside our resort gates, hopped into a comfy SUV and headed out. The Arenal Volcano was a beautiful 3 hour drive away, the drive on it’s own was gorgeous. Gerson took us through some little villages, some little farm roads, and told us all about different aspects of the culture, the area, the animals, and the people. All before we stopped at a tiny Cafe and Macadamia nut farm (If you have met Matt, you may find the humor in taking him into a restaurant where the floor is made of nut shells😂 Don’t worry, he’s still kicking)
Once we got to our first destination, The Arenal Volcano Base, we hiked up a little hill to explore a suspension bridge through the treetops, the one we strolled was suspended an impressive 200ft above the ground. After that we hopped on an aerial tramway to travel over 2600ft up the magnificent mountains of Arenal. Reaching some of the highest points in the area. To get down, we ziplined… Seven cables up to 656ft in height and up to 2460ft in length, all while flying down them at speeds around 70km/h. I may have screamed and giggled the entire way.
After we experienced some of the best views in the country, Gerson took us to a small restaurant surrounded by garden, where we forgot to take pictures of the food because we were too busy eating it all! Amazing traditional gallo pinto, and some of the best beef we’ve ever had (seriously, beef in Costa Rica was unreal) Once we were fully stuffed with food, we headed through La Fortuna to the waterfall.
La Fortuna Waterfall drops about 70−75 meters straight out of the rainforest, and is at the base of the dormant Chato volcano. It’s about 500 stairs down to the base (and 500 back up), the water comes down from the mountains and is super cold, which isn’t a bad thing when you’re in a 30 degree rainforest. The views were amazing and yet again, Gerson took us to all the little side spots with spectacular views!
All in all, it was one of the best days of life, and so full of adventure and breathtaking experiences. Gerson was a perfect guide, sharing his knowledge and his culture with us, while still stepping back and letting us enjoy the views on our own. I couldn’t recommend them enough and will definitely be back to explore Costa Rica again.