The Original Canopy Tour
Imagine soaring like a bird amongst the treetops in some of the most pristine rainforests in the world…
My sister and I spent a thrilling couple of hours zip-lining in lush Veragua Rainforest Reserve in Costa Rica with the Original Canopy Tour (in the vicinity of Port of Limon), flitting like a couple of birds from one tree to another, through the thick foliage with occasional impressive vistas opening up to us along the way. Can you think of a more exhilarating way to get up close and personal with the rainforest?!
What exactly is a zip-line?
A zip-line consists of a pulley suspended on a cable, usually made of stainless steel, mounted on a slope to allow a user to be propelled by gravity as he/she travels from top to bottom whilst holding onto a free-moving pulley.
Zip-lining is not exactly for the faint of heart or for those of us scared of heights: flying across the rainforest high up above the ground at an increasing speed is guaranteed to give you a big adrenaline rush! Some ziplines can be hundreds of metres long – currently the longest zip-line “Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre” in Copper Canyon, Mexico, measures a whopping 2,545 m!
The Original Canopy Tour is the foremost zip-lining company in Central America with several locations in Costa Rica, as well as Nicaragua, Jamaica, Belize and Mexico. It was the first zip lining company in service since 1994, with the very first zip-line installed in Monteverde Cloud Forest in Costa Rica. This project was the brainchild by a Canadian expat, Darren Hreniuk, who wanted to create a unique adventure that would provide visitors to Costa Rican rainforest with a thrilling adventure and a different vantage point whilst raising environmental awareness about conservation, reforestation and soci0-economic developments in the surrounding areas.
So, next time you visit Central America, why not spend an exhilarating morning soaring through the rain forest high above the forest floor?!
That’s a bullet ant, by the way…these massive ants (up to 3cm long) are named so because of its powerful and potent sting due to its venom – some victims compare a sting from a bullet ant to being shot!