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Old 01-23-2015, 04:16 PM   #1
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Costa Rica Zip Line - anyone been?

I'm heading down to Costa Rica in late April - not with ABD though - and my travel agent is recommending the same Sky Trek place near Arenal as ABD goes to. She says it's the ONLY one in the area that meets their safety standards.

I looked on You Tube and boy howdy it looks fast and scary! If you've been and can give me a little review, I'd appreciate it.

My main concern, really, is that I'll do OK on the practice zip and freak out on the first real one. Then there's no backing out because you've got like another 6 zips you gotta do to get down. Can anyone calm my fears?

I'm inclined (see what I did there?) to just book it and if I back out, what's $100 on a $6000 trip? If I don't book, I might be sorry to not have tried. I ain't getting any younger! Right? Right?

So let me know your experience if you can!

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Old 01-23-2015, 04:27 PM   #2
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I'm heading down to Costa Rica in late April - not with ABD though - and my travel agent is recommending the same Sky Trek place near Arenal as ABD goes to. She says it's the ONLY one in the area that meets their safety standards.

I looked on You Tube and boy howdy it looks fast and scary! If you've been and can give me a little review, I'd appreciate it.

My main concern, really, is that I'll do OK on the practice zip and freak out on the first real one. Then there's no backing out because you've got like another 6 zips you gotta do to get down. Can anyone calm my fears?

I'm inclined (see what I did there?) to just book it and if I back out, what's $100 on a $6000 trip? If I don't book, I might be sorry to not have tried. I ain't getting any younger! Right? Right?

So let me know your experience if you can!

Thanks!
Have you ziplined before? I haven't done this one in Costa Rica, but I thought I'd share my first experience ziplining. I'm afraid of heights, generally only if I can see below my feet (clear floor or grating, etc). Watching the previous group from the ground, it looked cool and fun and no big deal. When I got up to the top of the first run, it looked WAY higher up there looking down than it did looking up. I kinda froze, and told the guys running it that I really didn't think I could do it. I didn't think I could step off. Well, they made me go First. Which was really a good thing, since the longer I was up there, the more freaked I was getting. But I just did it (the guys running it were amazing). The minute I stepped off and realized that it totally didn't feel like I was falling, I was fine. I was able to do all the rest of the course with very little problem. (Really, the only issue I had was getting stuck on one really long run - which they said frequently happened - and they had to come out & pull me to the end). But I wasn't scared up there. I really felt secure and fine, which surprised the heck out of me. And I was REALLY glad I'd done it.

I hope you sign up and enjoy it!

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This was the first zip line I ever did and by far the best. But it is high and fast. The longest line is longer than 8 football fields and you are really high up. They told us we would reach a speed of 45 mph and I believe it. It was drizzling the day we did the zip line and the rain drops hitting my eyes actually hurt. You have a great view from the longest line. The guides tell you what to do in case you don't gain enough speed to make it to the other end, which is basically grab the cable and pull yourself to the platform, and if you don't grab the cable you will slide back to the middle of the cable. I nervously watched my then 8-year-old go on this line by himself (they wouldn't let anyone go tandem because they said we would go too fast). The platform on the other end is so far away it wasn't visible through the trees on the other end. He didn't come sliding back down the line, so I knew he had made it. There was no one in our group who didn't make it. I think as long as you follow directions you will be okay. I'm afraid of heights too, but zip lining is so much fun, I almost forgot. My impression was this is a well run company, and I felt safe. I probably haven't calmed your fears. It really is fun and my recommendation would be go for it!
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LOVED Sky Trek! It's the only zip line in CR that doesn't make you self break! The guides were FABULOUS, even with someone who's as scared as I am! It's an unbelievable experience! Here's some of our pictures from Sky Trek/Tram: http://www.adashofluxury.com/zip-lining-in-costa-rica/
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Old 01-23-2015, 09:11 PM   #5
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"There was no one in our group that didn't make it."

LOL! Well that's good!

I'm also reading lots of reviews on Trip Advisor and they sound like what you all are saying. I'm not sure "terrifying" is something to look forward to but it really seems like few, if any, regret doing it.

TeamSy, thanks for the link to your blog!
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I am going to be on the ABD trip in just a few weeks! I am not a big thrill seeker but I do love rainforests. Do you really get to see the forest and any wildlife from the zipline or is it just too fast? I am thinking I would enjoy the hanging bridges more. They look quite adventurous and fun and also seem like a more immersive experience?
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You can't really see any wildlife from the zip line. But there are plenty of other opportunities to see wildlife on the trip. On the zip line you're mostly above the trees. But the views are beautiful.
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I am going to be on the ABD trip in just a few weeks! I am not a big thrill seeker but I do love rainforests. Do you really get to see the forest and any wildlife from the zipline or is it just too fast? I am thinking I would enjoy the hanging bridges more. They look quite adventurous and fun and also seem like a more immersive experience?
There are many videos on You Tube of this particular zipline. At 40-50 mph it'd be as fast as a car. Nobody mentions seeing many animals (even on the tram to get up there). If the weather's bad or foggy you might not have much of a view either, based on the videos (of which I've watched way too many!)

I hope you'll post a trip report when you get back!
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