El Santuario Canopy Adventure

Costa Rica is filled with a plethora of activities to indulge your adventurous side. Trying to decide what to do and where can be overwhelming. There are many places to zip-line, but El Santuario Canopy Adventure makes itself an easy pick! Having the longest zip-line in Central America makes it even more appealing!

El Santuario Canopy Adventure

My friends and I knew that if we were going to go to Costa Rica then zip-lining was a must! El Santuario Canopy Adventure looked like the perfect place. They are located near Manuel Antonio National Park. If you happen to be staying in the area, they have a van that will pick you up. My friends and I were actually staying 30-40 minutes away so we drove to a meeting location, Quepos Airport.

Quepos Airport ©2016 HollyDayz
Quepos Airport ©2016 HollyDayz

Quepos Airport is super small and only has 8 parking spaces. We sat in the car in one of the spaces and ate breakfast sandwiches we purchased a few minutes away. It was great watching a small plane take off and land. 10 minutes after the scheduled pick up time a van arrived and we followed them to the location. We turned onto one of Costa Rica’s infamous unpaved roads and drove for about 20 minutes. The road had views of beautiful palm trees.

Breakfast Sandwhich ©2016 HollyDayz
Breakfast Sandwich ©2016 HollyDayz
Palm Trees everywhere ©2016 HollyDayz
Palm Trees everywhere ©2016 HollyDayz

Once we got to the entrance, we parked and hopped out to join our group. The grounds were gorgeous. After signing our life away with waivers we were offered coffee and fruit. I happily took some watermelon before putting on a harness and helmet. I didn’t want to take my camera and lose it although I ended up seeing people tied it to their helmets. Instead my friend put my go pro on his helmet. The helmet had safety clips to make sure the straps stayed down on the helmet which I thought was awesome!

Helmet & Harness Area ©2016 HollyDayz
Helmet & Harness Area ©2016 HollyDayz
7:30am group ©2016 HollyDayz
7:30am group Photo courtesy of El Santuario Canopy Adventure

We piled into a van and headed up to the starting point where we were briefed on how to do things and safety rules. A couple of photos were taken before we were on our way to the first zipline. There are 10 in all. We were told the longest one was number 7. We had ample time to work up to that one.

Going across a suspension bridge. Pic courtsey of El Santuario Canopy Adventure
Going across a suspension bridge. Pic courtsey of El Santuario Canopy Adventure

By the time we finished the first three we were all sweating. The weather was no joke! 95 degrees and 100% humidity. I have never sweat so much before! Everyone was drenched. Places I wasn’t aware I could sweat, like my shins, had beads of sweat. Luckily there was a pit stop to get some water. We refilled our cups before moving on.

Zipping across. Pic courtsey of El Santuario Canopy Adventure
Zipping across. Pic courtsey of El Santuario Canopy Adventure

The 3rd and 4th zipline allowed you to go upside down or spin. Some people took the opportunity, I didn’t. It took a lot of ab work to hold my legs up and crossed. The harness on certain lines felt tight and hurt a bit. Plus I loved watching the views as I zipped across and got the amazing and much wanted and needed breeze to ease the heat.

Guy in group zipping upside down. Pic courtesy of El Santuario Canopy Adventure
Guy in group zipping upside down. Pic courtesy of El Santuario Canopy Adventure

Right before we got to the 7th zipline we stopped to sit down and rest. We were able to snack on some delicious pineapples that were provided by the staff. Afterwards we headed up to the longest zipline in Central America. It is over 3/4 of a mile. I was excited. The other cool part about this particular line was that 2 people could go at once. I was on the left side and my friend was on right. The last zipline was the fastest.

The entire experience was an exciting and tiring one. Walking up countless stairs and going over suspension bridges in that weather would wear anyone out. Especially when I had been up since 2:20am. (That story is for another time.) It wasn’t over though. In order to get down from the platform we had to repel down. I am not afraid of heights, but I am afraid of falling.

Rappelling Down. Pic courtesy of El Santuario Canopy Adventure
Rappelling Down. Pic courtesy of El Santuario Canopy Adventure

It took a moment, but I repelled down and they dropped me quick being funny. I held it together and got it done. After that we walked back and gave back our harnesses and helmets. Everyone ran to the bathroom, sinks, and to get water. The lovely staff had juice, water, and lunch waiting for us. We sat down and had rice, beans, chicken, plantains, and a salad. It was absolutely delicious and just what was needed after starting the day so early!

Delicious lunch ©2016 HollyDayz
Delicious lunch ©2016 HollyDayz

The staff at El Santuario were amazing. They were light-hearted, fun, and extremely entertaining. They made the day so much fun and really set the tone for the entire experience. The ziplines were fun, but the staff took it to another level. They are a great bunch of people!!

We had a great time! ©2016 HollyDayz
We had a great time! ©2016 HollyDayz

When visiting Costa Rica this is the place to come for ziplining. Besides you have to do the longest zipline in Central America! I loved my experience with El Santuario Canopy Adventure. I got the ab work out of a lifetime as well, I think I came back with some amazing core strength haha. I didn’t see anything but bugs. I wish I had spotted a monkey, sloth, or toucan. El Santuario was certainly the highlight of my time in Costa Rica.

Disclaimer: Thank you to El Santuario Canopy Adventure for having us. While receiving complimentary admission all opinions and views are my own.

72 thoughts on “El Santuario Canopy Adventure

  • January 15, 2016 at 5:44 am
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    This experience looks so awesome. I’ve been considering a trip to Costa Rica this year and this would be a great addition to the itinerary. Ive been ziplining before but this looks like its another level with 7 lines one of which is a 3/4 mile ride. Thanks for sharing your experience.

    Tia

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    • January 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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      It was such an awesome experience! Certainly a highlight of the trip! You would not regret adding this to your itinerary. It is so much fun. There are 10 lines, the 7th is the longest one.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 9:36 am
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    I don’t have a “wish list” per se, but I’d like to go zip lining in 2016.
    Hopefully, I won’t do it in such heat like you did. Glad you had fun!

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    • January 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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      I would certainly recommend this. It is an amazing experience you won’t forget.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 12:05 pm
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    Weeeeh…. my kind of adventure:) I cant wait for the kids to grow up so we can enjoy these kids of activities with them:) Great post. Keep coming… xoxo

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    • January 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm
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      Amazing adventure. Thank you!

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  • January 15, 2016 at 5:20 pm
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    Zip lining has been something I have wanted to try for years!! It looks like you had so much fun. Did I read correctly that the airport only has 8 parking spaces?!?! That’s crazy!

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    • January 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm
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      Oh you have to go for it. It is a lot of fun. Yea, 8 spaces. Quepos airport is pretty small.

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  • January 15, 2016 at 7:09 pm
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    What an awesome adventure. I’ve always wanted to try zip lining. It looks like so much fun.

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    • January 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm
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      You should try it out. You would love it.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 12:16 am
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    what a great way to visit and see the forest canopy, it looks like a really fun adventure with spectacular views from what I can see.

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    • January 16, 2016 at 1:00 am
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      The views were out of a movie. I was in awe by many of them.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 12:29 am
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    The zipline looks fantastic what a way to spend a day in the forest. The food looks amazing, Being Australian you dont hear of many of my countrymen who go to costa rica. Seems to be pretty popular with americans

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    • January 16, 2016 at 1:01 am
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      The food was delicious and much needed after all the excitement. You should visit one day if you can. Great place with much to do.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 12:51 am
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    We visited Costa Rica in 2013 and LOVED it. We zipped to but it was pouring rain. Still fun but VERY wet experience. Looks like you guys had quite the awesome time

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    • January 16, 2016 at 1:02 am
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      I can see why you loved it, it is a beautiful place. Wow the pouring rain, at least you still had a blast. We had a great time!

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  • January 16, 2016 at 3:35 am
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    Zipline in the middle of tropical forest!! Yes, please!!!
    Believe or not, I´m not a big fan of heights, and every time I go to a zip line I think twice before let myself fly free among the trees… But when I´m on the middle of the zipline, it feels so good!! It’s totally worthy to overcome the fear and enjoy the ride! I can imagine how tired and hot was your experience… Congrats for doing it!
    Nat

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:16 pm
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      Thank you. it does feel good and so worth it. It was an unforgettable experience.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 4:06 am
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    Since the day I learned abt Costarica and the way this country is active in Human rights, peace keeping and environment protection I decided this is a MUST PLACE TO GO As many times as possible in life. Now you make me love this Country more and more! Thank you!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:28 pm
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      I loved visiting and am looking forward to going back to see and explore more. Your very welcome.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 4:43 am
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    Oh, i would love to go to Costa Rica and so something like that! The nature, the food, and adventure all sound so exciting. I guess I will just have to get my body in shape before. It seems a bit tiring!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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      It is a great experience that you would enjoy. It is tiring, but completely worth it!

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  • January 16, 2016 at 10:00 am
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    Ooh girl, you are so daring! Go head and live your life girlfriend!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:18 pm
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      lol thank you

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  • January 16, 2016 at 11:22 am
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    Looks like an adventure. I hear you about the humidity though. I just got back from Panama and it was a special kind of hot and sticky. I’m from Florida and thought I could handle heat and humidity, but I spent the whole time drenched in sweat, even from just walking around. I can’t imagine what I would have looked like doing something active like this.

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:29 pm
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      It is a special kind. One lady told us that you are just always wet and hot in Costa Rica.I was happy to feel the breeze as I zipped across.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 12:42 pm
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    Longest zipline in Central America! Yes please! Love bucket list items like this and it sounds like a real adventure hiking across many different areas and going across so many different lines. Sounds like it was totally worth it. Well done for braving it 🙂

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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      It was and it was so beautiful. The views were so beautiful. It was worth every drop of sweat lol. You must go.

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  • January 16, 2016 at 7:05 pm
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    What a cool adventure! I honestly want to go to Costa Rica just to zip line oh and to see the volcano! I can not imagine doing it in that heat thou or upside down! I’m glad you had such a great experience with this tour group!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:31 pm
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      That is an excellent reason to go. I think several visits are in order to really see all the beauty held there. Yes, the tour group was so much fun I highly recommend them!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm
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      It is a lot of fun flying over the tree tops. You must go.

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:32 pm
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      Yes you do! You won’t regret it

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  • January 17, 2016 at 10:13 am
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    I’ve been zipling twice, once in Costa Rica with a different company in the Manuel Antonio area. It’s such a blast to fly through the jungle and take in the views! I also did the Superman cable, which lets you fly a la superman on a super long cable. That was pretty awesome, too! The area in and around Manuel Antonio is so pretty. I love when rain forests push right up against the shore.

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:33 pm
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      If you ever go back you must get on the longest zip line in Central America! That sounds fun.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 10:20 am
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    I did my first zipline in Costa Rica near Arenal and I can’t imagine any better place to glide through the trees.

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:34 pm
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      Gorgeous country! I am sure you had a blast.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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    This looks amazing and like so much fun! I never been to Costa rica and will definitely do this when I go! Great post!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:35 pm
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      It was the icing on the cake of the trip. Great highlight. You won’t regret doing this when you visit.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm
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    This looks like so much fun. There are a few places in my area that do zip lining, but I’m sure it doesn’t compare at all to this!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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      It was. If you ever get to Costa Rica, this is the place to go.

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:36 pm
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      The food was delicious and much needed. They really took care of everyone. Even with pineapples during the ziplining.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 6:27 pm
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    That’s too bad you didn’t see a monkey, sloth, or toucan–would have been cool to see. Sounds like an awesome adventure though! We just went zip lining in Puerto Rico–such a fun thing to do!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm
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      I know I was sad. The only place I saw them was on the Costa Rican currency.

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  • January 17, 2016 at 6:47 pm
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    Wow, looks like a lot of fun. Never been to Costa Rica interesting and beautiful place…the food, people atmosphere seem happy place. zip line maybe someday!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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      Oh you must visit. You will love it!

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  • January 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm
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    Zip lining upside down…mmmm..I don;t think so, not for me, but man it looks fun!

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:38 pm
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      I didn’t go upside down either. I wasn’t ready to be about that life lol

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    • January 23, 2016 at 7:39 pm
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      I really did! It was such a great experience. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

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  • January 18, 2016 at 12:50 am
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    Looks like tons of fun! I hear it’s absolutely amazing to zipline in Costa Rica. Would definitely want to do so with a company that had a fun staff – although dropping me down quickly while rappelling would not put me in a good mood! 🙂

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    • January 25, 2016 at 10:38 am
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      It is a great experience. The staff were great and they did it all in good fun.

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  • January 18, 2016 at 1:02 am
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    I have yet to Zipline I think I will save it for my Panama trip in April. You look like you had a blast but nope to ziplining upside down I am too scary!

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    • January 25, 2016 at 10:41 am
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      I didn’t go upside down either! I had such a good time.

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    • January 25, 2016 at 10:42 am
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      Gotta try it at least once. Face your fears, you would have fun.

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    • January 25, 2016 at 10:43 am
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      You must go, you would have such a great time.

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  • January 18, 2016 at 11:36 am
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    LOL I am afraid of falling too but ziplining is definitely something I must experience. Sounds like a great adventure!

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    • January 26, 2016 at 11:55 am
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      You would enjoy zipping. It was such a great experience.

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    • January 26, 2016 at 11:56 am
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      That sounds great!

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  • January 18, 2016 at 4:55 pm
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    Visiting Costa Rica and zip lining there are high on my bucket list. Loved reading about your adventure! What an amazing experience.

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    • January 26, 2016 at 11:58 am
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      Oh you gotta do it. I really feel you would enjoy it! I am glad you enjoyed reading about my experience. I appreciate that.

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  • January 19, 2016 at 2:27 pm
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    I wil certainly keep this location in mind when I’m planning my Costa Rica adventure. It looks like you had a blast! You know i love a good zip line course.

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    • January 26, 2016 at 12:00 pm
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      I know you would enjoy it! It was a good time.

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  • January 20, 2016 at 10:30 pm
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    I remember ziplining in Costa Rica in Arenal Volcano area. It was soooo much fun! And girl, yes, those unpaved roads are horrendous!

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    • January 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm
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      I am sure that was a fun experience. The unpaved roads are no joke.

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    • January 26, 2016 at 12:07 pm
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      Thanks

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