Everything You Need To Know About Ziplining in Costa Rica
One of the most talked about adventures in the world is ziplining in Costa Rica. That’s because we have the scenery that other locations can only dream of, and it is everywhere the eye can see! There are some questions that almost every potential rider has when coming to Costa Rica that we feel we should touch on first.
What Are The Restrictions?
There really are only a couple of restrictions on the “El Encanto” Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour. The first and only real limitation is pregnancy. Pregnancy is a beautiful and happy thing, but to keep you and the baby safe, we have to restrict any pregnant women from riding the zipline.
The harness, though safe for most people, may restrict blood flow or cause high levels of pressure on the baby. For this reason, we don’t allow it. Please remember, if you know that you’re newly pregnant and aren’t yet showing, do not go on the zipline. This is just the safest option for both parties involved.
Other health issues that you should consult with a physician before riding are a history of heart conditions, high blood pressure, neck problems, back problems, dizziness, seizures, or fear of heights. While some of these may not even come into play, it is always best to consult with your doctor and mention your upcoming adventure plans.
A quick shoutout to the asthmatics, you may not even have any problems on a daily basis at home, but bring or purchase an inhaler when you get to Costa Rica. I can say from experience that the humidity of the jungle will hit your lungs hard if you aren’t accustomed to it. Better to be safe than sorry, come prepared for a breathing problem on the tour as a contingency.
Can I Bring My Children?
Ziplining in Costa Rica wouldn’t be nearly as popular as it is if it wasn’t for its family friendly aspect. The only thing to remember is that a child over 50 lbs is the ideal weight because under 50 lbs won’t pick up the speed necessary and could actually get stuck (though very rare) in the middle of the line.
Not only is that terrifying for them, but it also would be for you as a parent as well. So, we suggest waiting until everyone in your family group is at least 50 lbs or heavier to get the maximum enjoyment as a family.
That being said, we won’t send a newborn down the zipline for a photo op, safety is our primary concern for all parties involved.
What Is The Tour Like?
The “El Encanto” Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour is about 2 hours in duration. This includes ten platforms and eight cables in all. The longest of the zipline is over 2000 meters long, and you’ll be moving for over a full minute! People always ask us “what do I do” when they are ziplining, and the answer is: Nothing!
The zipline is designed to be a safe and enjoyable experience, and because of that, we have dual cables and an auto braking system. The last thing you want to be doing is remembering safety procedures and worrying about the zipline breaking (which has never happened), so the double cable and auto braking system gives you peace of mind and allows you to take in all the scenery properly.
Speaking of taking in the scenery, there are cascading waterfalls, canyons, mountainsides, a river valley and ocean views to see on our “El Encanto” Waterfall Canopy Zipline Tour. Many other tours have some of these views, but only Ocean Ranch Park has all of them!
Where Do I Go?
People are always very concerned with getting to our jump off location, but the best news is that you don’t have to go anywhere because we will pick you up. We offer free hotel pickup and drop-off (within Jaco, Playa Hermosa, and Herradura – minimum of two people) for all of our riders.
If you happen to be outside of the regions we service, contact us and we can get you directions to a pickup location nearest to you and all the information you will need about timing and even food in the surrounding area.
We do give you fresh fruit and juice at the end of the tour, but you may want to eat something more substantial before your journey. This, of course, depends on your personal preferences and what your stomach allows.
If you have any questions about the best ziplining in Costa Rica, contact us at (US) 949-208-1158, or (Costa Rica) 506-2643-2182, or email us at [email protected]!