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Day 4: Zip Line Tours

January 12, 2017

 

 Every epic adventure has its moments that stand out and are remembered first. For some travelers it's a defining moment where they’ve done something they never dreamed they would do… or could do. For many people who travel to Costa Rica, that moment is when they’re clipped into a harness, attached to a cable and sent flying out of a tree over the forest floor like a bird darting through the rain forest. On day 4 of my bucket list adventures, I'd like to share with you a few of my favorite epic zip line experiences in Costa Rica. So clip in and let's fly.

 

What makes a zip line epic in my book? Well, for starters I don't want to feel like I'm at a theme

park waiting in line and being rushed through with a throng of people. I also don't like waiting very long in-between cables. I do like watching the first couple of people in front of me zip off, and a couple of people behind me fly onto my platform where we then high-five and debrief the flight together. And I like the guides gliding along with us as they can, and should, add a lot of fun to the experience.

 

The next key thing for me is the adrenaline rush. I’ve got to have it or it's not worth my time. That doesn't mean I have to be on the longest or highest zip line, I've been on some amazing zip lines that were neither. But, in full disclosure, I am attracted to the longest and highest, and I know where they are in Costa Rica.

 

The next element is the landscape; it has to look wild and pure. I want to feel like I'm flying over a dense rain forest where all kinds of creatures are running around below me or hanging in the jungle canopy. I want to feel like I'm a hawk swooping around looking to spy an unassuming animal on the forest floor. In truth though, I don't know that I’ve ever spotted anything on the floor of the forest. If the zip line meets my previous requirement, my attention is focused entirely on

hanging on. I just want to know that a jaguar may have crossed directly underneath me, feeling robbed of a feast because I was flying at breakneck speeds through the trees like an avatar.

 

The last thing that makes a zip line experience epic is the surp