We spent most of our time in Costa Rica relaxing at the Four Seasons Resort (I’ll get into more about this FABULOUS hotel in later posts). However, like I said in my previous post, we did embark on a few excursions, which I’m going to focus on first, with the next being zip lining. Zip lining in Costa Rica is something everyone does, and it’s easy to see why – it’s a total MUST DO!
Today started out early. Ridiculously early. Really, ridiculously early. I don’t get up this early on a daily basis, so to do so on vacation is a little crazy. Alas, this “adventure day” Josh wanted required an insane start time.
I love as soon as we arrived in the lobby the Four Seasons concierge approached us, “Mr. and Mrs. ___, are you ready for your car?” They simply knew who we were, placed a call, and our driver promptly arrived. The Four Seasons rocks, seriously.
So today we were off on a three hour, yes, you read that right, THREE HOUR drive to the Arenal area. We were on a private tour, arranged through the Four Seasons, which was amazing. We got to be in charge of the day – just us and our guide/driver (who was unbelievably fantastic!). I mean, such an interesting guy that when it came time for lunch, we invited him to eat with us so we could hear more of what he had to say.
A few days before we arrived, Costa Rica experienced a massive earthquake. We actually weren’t even sure we would still go. Obviously, we did, and only felt one big aftershock (in the middle of the night, which was a little terrifying). However, the destruction from the earthquake was yet to be fixed, which made the drive to Arenal a little scary, as parts of roads were missing.
The morning started off a little cloudy, with some light rain. I was actually a little excited for rain, because I purchased a super cute raincoat just for this trip! Unfortunately, by the time we arrived, the weather was sunny and perfect, so I never got to use my extremely adorable jacket.
Aside from some missing roads, we hit a few other road blocks on the way…
When we finally arrived, our first stop of the day was ziplining. After doing some research prior to our arrival, we deemed Arenal the only place to zip line (for us), because of their awesome break system (this is the only place in the area you don’t have to self break). Plus, you get to ride in a sky tram to the top! A definite win-win.
Our guide was amazing. He took our camera and ziplined with us, so the following pictures are courtesy of him.
It should also be noted that I didn’t really want to zip line, as naturally I was scared – terrified – you name it. When I saw the first line I thought, “you idiot, this isn’t a big deal!” It was tiny.
Then, I learned the first few lines are “practice” lines.
Going forward turned out to be INSANE. It was too late to turn back, so I had no choice but to continue, and I’m glad I did.
Flying above the trees was one of the most amazing I’ve ever done, even though I only opened my eyes once.
As we continued the trek, the lines got longer. You can’t even see the other side of this one unless you look REALLY hard (it’s that white dot in the tree’s)!
Here it is zoomed in. See it now?
So ziplining is actually an extremely unattractive thing to do. At the end of each line, in order to slow down, you have to spread your legs. It’s… classy?
I still can’t get over the fact I did this!
Up next, more from Arenal!