Ziplining with 100% Aventura, Monteverde, Costa Rica
Adventure Sports, Central America, Costa Rica

A Dose of Adrenaline With 100% Aventura

Following our relaxing but seriously inspiring nature walk in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, Mak and I were ready to turn the adrenaline up a notch.

While there are a number of adventure tour companies operating in Santa Elena offering everything from leisurely hikes to badass canyoning tours, the choice to do a canopy tour with 100% Aventura (aventura = adventure) was made simple enough–according to the folks at our hostel, it was easily the best value in town.

Their tour boasts the longest zipline in Latin America measuring a whopping 1590 meters (or 5,216 feet…nearly a mile long!) and a massive Tarzan Swing at the very end, just in case your heart’s not already beating out of your chest.  If you’re not sure what a Tarzan Swing is, don’t worry–you’ll find out soon enough.

Since carrying your camera during the canopy tour isn’t highly encouraged, I strapped on the ol’ GoPro and managed to get some pretty beautiful footage of our day.  I don’t know if you guys know this, but Costa Rica is REALLY green.

Ziplining with 100% Aventura, Monteverde, Costa Rica

GoPro ready!

Ziplining with 100% Aventura, Monteverde, Costa Rica

Looking like a real badass if I do say so myself.

First, we hit the shorter ziplines…

…Followed by the longest zipline in Latin America; we were in a face-first superman position for this one (I opted to leave the audio on this next video so y’all can hear me talking to myself like a crazy person).

Ziplining with 100% Aventura, Monteverde, Costa Rica

1590 meters of fun.

Do one thing every day that scares the total sh*t out of you.

Ok, so maybe that’s not exactly what Eleanor said.  But the message is the same.  The ziplining was easy enough; now, in order to protect my reputation as an adventurous traveler, I had to face my real fear.

I had to conquer…the Mega Tarzan Swing.  Maybe it’s just me, but there’s something unsettling about being hurtled toward the ground with nothing but a stretchy rope to save you from meeting a grisly end.  Needless to say, I was NOT convinced this was a good idea, but somehow I took the plunge anyway.

Tarzan Swing, 100% Aventura Monteverde, Costa Rica

This is what mental preparedness looks like, I swear.

Warning: If you’re watching this with audio, be prepared to turn the volume down just before the 1:05 mark.

It may  not be obvious from all the screaming, but I actually really enjoyed the Tarzan Swing.  Would I do it again?  It’s possible.  Am I glad I faced my fear?  Absolutely.  Am I ready to take on bungee jumping next?  Uhh, let’s not get carried away.

So, that was our day with 100% Aventura!  This tour costs $45 (USD) and runs for about 3 hours including travel time to and from your hotel (pickup is included).  We thought it was a great value and a lot of fun.

Are you an adrenaline junkie?  Would you go ziplining through the Costa Rican jungle?

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