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Ziplines, bungees, and horses in Monteverde

Destination: Monteverde

Posted by Ryan Van Velzer on: Jun 25, 2013

  • Views from the top of the gondola at Monteverde's Extremos

    Views from the top of the gondola at Monteverde's Extremos Park on April 17, 2013.

  • Camacho my noble steed

    The morning started with a horseback ride, through the valleys around Monteverde on April 17, 2013. This was Camacho, my noble steed for the day.

  • A group of students from Illinois and Georgia

    A group of students from Illinois and Georgia mount up before the ride on April 17, 2013. Education First, a study abroad program, brings students to Costa Rica to learn more about the culture, language and environment.

  • Our guide leads the way through the hills

    Our guide leads the way through the hills around the town of CaƱitas on April 17, 2013.

  • The group of 28 riders wind through the hills

    The group of 28 riders wind through the hills along a narrow trail on April 17, 2013.

  • The pacific coast looms off in the distance

    The pacific coast looms off in the distance and a rider looks on into the Nicoya gulf on April 17, 2013.

  • Shot from inside the Extremos modified gondola

    Shot from inside the Extremos modified gondola before moving out into the center of the valley on April 17, 2013.

  • At the bottom of the bungee

    Me, hanging at the bottom of Central America's largest bungee jump on April 17, 2013. The bungee jump at Extremos drops guests 470 feet into the valley below.

  • Extremos Extreme Swing

    Me, setting up for the extreme swing on April 17, 2013. The swing works similar to a giant pendulum, taking guests 295 feet across the valley.

  • Extremos extreme swing far shot

    Me, flung across the valley on the extreme swing on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos relaxing on the gondola

    Relaxing on the Gondola after the adrenaline rush accompanying the swing and the bungee jump on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos before the zip line

    A man prepares for the first of 15 cables in Monteverde's longest canopy tour with Extremos on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos zipline Friends

    Friends don helmets and work gloves while walking on a platform between cables on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos zipline over valley

    A tandem group rides in on the third longest cables, nearly 2,000 feet long, on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos zipline shade

    A visitor leaves one of the 24 platforms between cables on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos 100-foot rappel top

    A man prepares for the 100-foot-rappell from the top of a tree on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos guest rappels down

    A view from below as a guest rappels down to the forest floor on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos zipline hiking trail view

    A view along one of the hiking trails that wind in between cables on April 17, 2013.

  • Extremos superman cable

    A guest rides with both arms out on the 3,280 foot long superman cable on April 17, 2013.

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The fear of heights holds an interesting power. Other fears make you run away, like spiders or commitment. But a healthy fear of heights teases out the endorphins, builds the rush and makes you crave new extremes. Even while making your stomach churn at the sight of a cliff.

Standing on a free hanging platform above Monteverde's forest and pastures, you can nearly see the Pacific coastline.  Behind you, guests scream as they fly across the zip lines in tandem, while in front of you there's a small gate. Once it's open, you're ready for a swan dive into the tallest bungee jump in Central America.

While Monteverde is perhaps best known for its cloud forest, it remains one of Costa Rica's best adventure locations for canopy tours, horseback riding and bungee jumps. You'll find scores of different options for tours around town, but Extremos is the only place offering all three activities.

The horseback riding tour takes guests through the valleys around Monteverde near the town of Cañitas. Along the way you'll ride through secondary forest, coffee and banana farms, creeks and pastures with some of the most spectacular scenes of the area and the Pacific coastline.

On the canopy tours, guests soar high above the gulfs that divide the mountains of Monteverde where thrill-seekers test their limits along more than 2.5 miles of zip line cables in the area's longest zip line tour. The tour includes 15 cables, a 98-foot rappel, a Tarzan swing and a half-mile long cable that propels you over the valley like superman.

The bungee jump, a 470 foot drop, and extreme swing, 295 feet long, take guests out above a valley to dangle high about the valley. I humbly took it upon myself to see what they were all about, trying all of the tours in a single day.

We enjoyed the services of the following travel partners to research this information for you

Monteverde Extremo Canopy S.A
Local: 506-2645-6058

We stayed at

Hotel Jardines de Monteverde
Local: 506-2645-6038

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