Last updated on February 25th, 2023 at 12:54 pm
Costa Rica is one of the best countries for adventure. HANDS DOWN. The lush rain forests, the vast volcanoes, the hundreds of beaches; all creating the perfect recipe for action packed vacationing.
It is easy to get caught up in all that the beaches have to offer. Water activities are some of the most enjoyable aspects of a tropical destination, however, I highly recommend not spending all of your time getting your tan on. I am sure that if you add ziplining in Costa Rica to your bucket list, you will come back to thank me.
Once you have established that you are going to zipline in Costa Rica, you have to spend some time figuring out where. I am going to save you some time and tell you where to go. I will also break down how I came to my decision to help you make an informed decision yourself.
Where to zipline in Costa Rica
When ziplining comes to my mind, I think of green trees, expansive forests, heights and adrenaline. You can find this all over Costa Rica without much trouble. The two top locations for ziplining in Costa Rica are in Arenal and Monteverde.
When planning our Costa Rica trip, we had many things to do in and around Arenal & La Fortuna. We went hiking, enjoyed the hot springs, swam under La Fortuna waterfall, and much more. Arenal is easily my favourite area of Costa Rica and truly the most beautiful, (to me). If we had more time in Arenal, I am sure we would have enjoyed ziplining here as well, however, just based on timing and our itinerary we chose not to.
This left us with more time to fill in Monteverde. I had read many blog posts on the different places to zipline in Costa Rica and I fell in love with the cloud forests of Monteverde. I knew this is where we had to go.
For more information on Monteverde, head over to that itinerary.
Once you have decided which region of Costa Rica to zipline in, you will want to choose the company. There are many advertised online and in town so I am sure you will be able to find one to enjoy.
When I was deciding where to go, safety was of number one priority. This was due to the fact that it was our first time ziplining and we had no idea what to expect or how it would be. Aventura Adventure Park in Monteverde was the most appealing to me for it’s adrenaline packed adventure, however, their brake system is not automatic and this ended up being the reason we chose Sky Adventures. I detail our experience below.
Each company offers something unique; some offer a superman zipline, some have hanging bridges, some have arboreal tree climbing. There will be something for everyone and make sure you do your research on the different options before you decide. Below, I have listed a few of the most popular companies.
How much does it cost to zipline in Costa Rica?
This chart compares the prices of a few of the most popular parks in Monteverde and Arenal. They are all very comparable. Sky Adventures is on the pricier side, however, this price also includes a Sky Tram. Prices are subject to change.
Booking our ziplining experience: Sky Adventures
We decided to zipline in Monteverde, Costa Rica. After figuring out that Sky Adventures Park offered an automatic brake system, I was sold, haha. That was not my only selling feature, I spent time reading the reviews and liked what I saw.
We purchased our tickets in the town of Santa Elena the day before our zipline. They have an office in town, this is the address: 606, Provincia de Puntarenas, Monteverde, Costa Rica. It is right in the main hub, across from many restaurants, you won’t miss it. That being said, you can also purchase your tickets online here.
Sky Adventures offers many packages, including zipline (Sky Trek), an adventure course (Sky Limit), rafting, arboreal tree climbing, hanging bridges and many more. You can combine some of these activities into a package, ie. Sky Trek (zipline), Sky Tram and hanging bridges.
We purchased the Sky Trek package, costing $84.00 USD per adult. This package includes 7 ziplines, a sky tram, all equipment (helmet, gloves, harness, etc). and a free fall jump at the end (children are not able to do the free fall). See their website here, for all restrictions.
Our Ziplining Experience: Sky Adventures
You are in a group of about 15-20 people with about 5 guides. We felt safe the ENTIRE time. The tour starts with a safety talk, demonstrations and help with equipment application. For someone who had never ziplined before, I felt confident in my ability to carry out my adventure after this talk and demo. The guides were not only professional and safe, they were hilarious and made our experience so FUN!
Once you get the hang of the zipline, enjoy the VIEWS!! They are truly amazing and unlike anything I have seen before. The walking from zipline-to-zipline is quite minimal and the next one is steps away. Majority of the ziplines are individual, some are a double zipline (the photo above with my legs wrapped around Arujan). After completion of all 7, you will be faced with a decision… to repel or free fall off of a platform. I was scared to do the free fall, but trust me, the anticipation is worse than the falling.
I highly recommend this park, not just for it’s amazing views and ziplines, but for the experience the guides cultivate.
During the experience, there is a photographer following you around. We usually do not opt for these purchases, however, these photos were too good not to buy. They sold them to us for $30.00 USD and there were over 100 pictures. If you want some fun pics of you on the zipline, I highly suggest purchasing!
Ziplining in Costa Rica is one of my favourite memories from our trip. I strongly encourage anyone able to try and enjoy this adventure. I truly loved our experience with Sky Adventures and would recommend them to anyone. They truly know how to give you an amazing experience.
Let me know if you have ever ziplined in Costa Rica! I would love to hear about your experience.
Joanna Neander is the author and creator of Plan Before Land. She is dedicated to creating detailed travel itineraries from around the world. Joanna’s most visited continents include, North America, Central America & Europe. Asia coming soon! Join along on Joanna’s travels!