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Zip Lining in Monteverde, Costa Rica


Waking up in an unusual place I surprisingly had no hangover sick feeling, just a major craving for water. I wandered back to my room got changed and had the typical hostel breakfast of poorly cooked pancakes. It was then time for todays adventure of zip lining at Aventura Canopy Tours.

The chosen activity was zip lining and not just any zip line, it had to be along the longest zip line in Latin America, and the majority of our group was hungover, what a great combination. We were all belted in and geared up ready for zip lining. I had no idea what I was doing. The first few zip lines were fairly easy, flying through the forest. Then came hell, an eight minute uphill trek. I was still dehydrated, wanting to curl up into a ball on the rainforest floor and die. Though, I got over myself, knowing that I would be able to find some sort of water if I reached the end, and that became my inspiration to complete the whole course.

The superman zipline was next- flying over the cloud forest with two ropes attached to a 1600m long cable and unable to touch anything. That was truly amazing and scary.ziplining-monteverde

Though, what was next would truly frighten me, the tarzan swing. Walking to the end of a bridge and swinging over hard ground was an interesting experience for sure. I can think of more colourful language to describe it, but better not on the internet. Honestly, the feeling when your stomach drops is truly the worst part. All but one person managed to successfully do the swing.

Soon enough, we were all back on the bus sleeping off our hangovers from the previous night before. Pulling back into Heredia, we had to a local bar for a beer to celebrate Australia day.  We needed up spending the evening jamming some good tunes with an older Tico. He yarned away in decent English about Lord of the Rings, rock bands and hailed the group down a taxi for the five minute drive home.

I am travelling through Costa Rica with a volunteer program called International Student Volunteers or ISV. For the next  week I will be calling Heredia home while participating in the Spanish Immersion Week with Intercultura.