One of the most popular tours in Costa Rica, canopy zip line tours are found throughout the country. After being strapped into the harness (securely attached to a cable), you will soar through the air like a hawk.
The exhilarating sensation of a canopy zip line tour cannot be matched by any other experience -- it's the closest you'll ever come to flying. At the end, you will land on a platform high up on a tropical tree.
Original Canopy Tour Drake Bay
This is located in the Osa Peninsula near Corcovado National Park one of the last large untouched rainforests left in the country. This area is one of the most recently developed zones for tourism in the country. It is more remote than other areas and therefore less tourists are going here. This is what makes it perfect for our type of adventure · less people, therefore more animals. The Osa Peninsula is known for its hiking or trekking through lush tropical rainforests, wild animal and bird viewing, scuba diving (at Cano Island), deep sea fishing and ocean kayaking, all of which can be done here with us at Costa Rica Uncovered.
The site is located just a short distance from the town of Drake Bay, and is usually accessed by a combination of either horseback or 4x4 and on foot. This tour consists of 9 platforms, 6 traverse cables, one over 100 meters long (300 ft), a 9 meter suspended observation walkway and a 25-meter rappel down to the edge of a stream where wildlife abounds. The platforms vary in height from 10 meters to 33 meters above the forest floor and the tour is built on a high point of land where two rivers join. Usually, where there is water, you will see lots of birds and animals. This is a true rainforest and the canopy level generally has several layers to it, all of which can be seen on the tour.
The tour starts with a climb up a tower to the first platform, a large viewing platform about 12 meters (40 feet) off the ground. The first traverse is a long one, over 70 meters (200 feet) where you will soar above the jungle floor. The next tree has several platforms at different levels and then its off to the third tree with a 9 meter observation walkway stretching between 2 large trees, about 25 meters (85 feet) high. From this vantage point you can normally see lots of birds and some mammals, although everyday is different and sometimes the animals are not too cooperative. From here there are 2 more traverses and then from the last platform there is a 17 meter (60 foot) rappel back down to the ground, beside a beautiful stream.
Pick-ups can be arranged from most lodges in the Drake Bay area at no extra charge, although check with us in advance, as some hotels are quite far from Drake Bay and require an extra fee. The tour takes approximately 2 - 3 hours to complete.
The Ojala Lodge, simple and charming, located in Drake Bay, which is the town closest to Corcovado National Park . The six room bed and breakfast is run by an American Exapt, Fred Maschmeier and his Costa Rican wife and children. Fred is an excellent cook, items such as fresh backed bread and grilled fresh fish, local fruits come out of the kitchen daily The setting is perfect for those who want to get back to nature; especially for birdwatchers, scuba divers and kayakers. Fred is one of the areas local fishing experts and so we have special fishing packages that are exclusive to this property; Not to be missed.
Other activities include canopy trips at the Mahogany Park which start at US$ 45.00 per person. All safety equipment and instruction, expert rain forest guide are included in the tour. Start times are 8:00 am 10:00 am and 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm.
Pick-ups from the hotels in the area can be arranged.
Recommended gear: This area is very hot and humid and we recommend shorts or long pants and hiking boots and insect repellant. Cameras can be taken, but try to bring along a waterproof bag, in case it starts raining. Children 5 years and older may participate when accompanied by an adult.
Call us at our San Jose office 231-5371 for more information or reservations.