Last Updated: Feb 02, 2013
Waterfall rappelling is one of Costa Rica’s ultimate adventure sports. Using a variety of techniques including hiking, climbing, jumping and rappelling, you’ll explore some of the country’s most spectacular canyons. Tours usually begin with a short hike into the rainforest where you’ll have a safety talk and practice rappel before descending a series of breathtaking cascades. Always wear quick-dry clothing and water shoes like Tevas. If you plan to take a camera, call in advance to ask if the tour operator can provide a dry sack; some companies also send along a professional photographer, and sell a photo CD at the end of the adventure.
Depart from Rincon de la Vieja on a 45-minute horseback ride to the scenic and towering Victoria Waterfall. This extreme adventure begins with a descent through the tumbling water – swing through the waterfall if you dare! After a refreshing dip in the natural pool below, test your skills and courage by climbing back up the cascade’s slippery rock wall.
Dive into adventure just outside of Manuel Antonio on an exhilarating waterfall rappelling tour. A short drive delivers you to the 90-foot Indian Waterfalls. You’ll rappel the cascade, hopping like a bunny until you reach the waterfall’s base. Afterward, take a short walk and challenge yourself to the final “monkey drop,” a 45-foot freefall over a deep pool – you’ll want to try it at least twice!
Just a short ride from Arenal, you’ll begin the day’s adventure at the secluded “Lost Canyon” by belaying down a 15-foot tall waterfall. After a practice run, you and your fellow adventurers graduate to the first challenge, a 150-foot cascade. When ready, fall backwards and begin descending the slippery rock wall. This tour saves the best for last: the 210-foot big daddy, guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping.
Take on Los Chorros Waterfall, a massive 180-foot cascade located in a private reserve near Grecia. The first descent is just two feet from the main waterfall, a roaring tumble of water that falls into a pool below. Afterwards, hike through beautiful forest and dine on a light, restorative snack. This adventure may also be combined with a daredevil bungee jump.