We did this activity as a family of 4- two adults in early 50’s with a 13 year old and a petite 10 year old. We booked It with transport from our hotel, Marriott Los Suenos, and it was a considerable extra cost for the transport. But, after taking the drive, we understood why. We were picked up in an SUV and it was private transport over quite a long distance (about 1 1/2 hours each way) of windy roads, steep and rough at times, through many villages, construction zones and some traffic. We expected the drive to be lengthy and didn’t mind observing the countryside out our windows. Our driver was pleasant. Didn’t speak much English but used a translation app and with our little Spanish, we communicated just fine. Upon arrival at Vista Golfo, we were greeted by a lovely German couple (owners) who were our hosts. The reception area is rustic and charming, with beautiful balcony views over the mountains to the ocean. After signing our waivers, we geared up and jumped in the back of a pickup truck with our crew of 3 and the driver and just one other couple who had booked the tour, and headed up, up, up the mountain. The terrain is ROUGH and steep but this added to the anticipation and fun. I’m amazed there are people living up this mountain as it seems somewhat inaccessible. Somehow, they do. The drive up took about 15-20 minutes passing cattle, homes and scenic views on the way. Once up top, we were given clear instructions, more gear, safety checked, and on our way!
This activity is billed as 25 zip lines and it truly is 25 lines! Some are longer than others, some are faster than others. Two involved rappelling down sleep slopes. All were AMAZING!! The beautiful tree canopy and waterfalls below made the whole activity fantastically scenic. After line 8, we stopped for a bottled water break and an optional swim in a refreshingly cool waterfall pool.
Throughout the whole tour, it was clear the crew is very safety minded. They were methodical in their approach, had an efficient rhythm, and clearly are all very experienced. They took great care to make sure my little one was able to do everything safely. They had great concentration but all three also had a good sense of humor and we had fun chatting with them a bit. The platforms and cables also all appeared very well maintained.
We ziplined for about 2 1/2 hours and felt exhilarated at the end!
We were then taken back to base for a lovely and tasty late lunch of rice, beef/pork chop or chicken, salad and veggies and plantain and a fruit juice (included in our tour price) at the al fresco Tucan restaurant. Our driver then took us back to our hotel, offering to stop at Tarcoles to see the crocodiles from the bridge, the Puerto Caldero for photos, or any other stops we needed along the way.
At the end of the tour, we really felt we got our money’s worth doing this activity. There were much closer options to our hotel for zip lining, but we are so glad we chose the one we did and don’t regret the distance or the money we spent for one minute! This is the one activity we have done that we feel would be on our MUST DO list for anyone coming to Costa Rica.
***** Highly recommend *****