Zipping through the canopy
Trip Start Jun 06, 2010
9Trip End Jun 13, 2010
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We got picked up in San Jose early this morning after a quick very light (still full from the night before, but didn't want to turn down coffee!) breakfast. By 8:45am we were on the road to Monteverde. The ride up was on an Interbus which held about 8 people, all of which turned out to be Americans. The ride up was really quite nice as we got to see the outskirts of san jose and then further North, but as soon as we hit 2 hours on the road we started climbing up the mountain in this tiny bus-van and it was on unpaved road. Brendan and I couldn’t figure out how everyone on the bus was trying to get some sleep. It was a bumpy ride for sure, but the views were spectacular! Green Forests, rolling hills, tiny town and breath taking vistas of misty clouds. Oh and did I mention the car was literally 6 inches from the precipice while negotiating tight turns? Yeah, I was rather glad Brendan was sitting by the window for the ride up, I would have freaked looking down.
We checked into the Hotel Heliconia where we proceeded up the hill to our room which sports a balcony. Yeay! Everything here is about conservation, from the water usage to the toilets, to the windows. Really quite a feat. It’s nice to see ecotourism in action like this. We took a few minutes to drop off our stuff, spray ourselves down with Deet and head down to the town for a small walk because we had to be back up at the hotel for our Canopy tour in 1 hr. We walked downhill for about 15 minutes towards the St Elena town center, which in reality is just a square. Then we walked back up hill (and I mean UPHILL, very steep). I am soooooo out of shape. At least it feels pretty much like Bloomington (hot and a bit humid). Brendan made a new friend in a stray dog which followed us and sat at his feet until our ride picked us up for our zipline tour.
Now, I will be honest with you all… I didn’t think I would actually make it through the day. I figured I would chicken out at the first zipline. BUT I DIDN’T! That’s right Brendan and I both made it through about 20 platforms zipping through the canopy hiking through the rainforest and I only screamed in fear once! Along the way I talked to the local zipline guys, who guided us about, why Argentina would win the world cup. They were mostly in complete agreement J. The zipline itself is very hard to describe. Just a major shot of adrenaline and fear as you zip through. The vistas were to die for and it only rained for a little bit and the views were clear. so we were mostly dry throughout the adventure. Well as dry as you can stay in a rainforest. Videos and pictures to follow. But for now I feel like I have accomplished a great life goal. I was scared, yes, but I feel proud I went through with it. And not just ziplines, but also the final tarzan jump where you just swing away over the canopy. Brendan screamed. I squeaked. He looked much better doing it than I did J
Dinner tonight was at the Treehouse restaurant where we had some typical food again. This time I ordered beef casado. Now off to get a bit dry before heading out again to a local lounge with an israeli theme. It all seems to be coming together!