Costa Rica - Day 6 - Monteverde's Ziplining

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Welcome to a blog about the wettest day of my life.

I thought when I was 11 and my parents made me canoe down the Dordogne and sleep in tents when it was pissing with rain I would never be more drenched.

I was so wrong!

Here's the thing - I understand that it rains in a rainforest, I'm not an idiot...I took a waterproof jacket!

But when its sheets of rain, its freezzinnng and the wind is howling it doesn't feel like a rainforest in Costa Rica it feels like being in the North of Scotland on an unpleasant day.

Anyway that's a very negative way to start this so lets look at the positives...

A rainbowww :)

We started the day at a Cloud Forest Reserve where we went for a walk to try and see some of the wildlife.

There are loads of big cats on this reserve but apparently even the people who work there never see them

They have evidence though!

I love big cats

We wandered through the jungle looking for wildlife. The problem is a sloth is very hard to distinguish from a big pile of moss if it's sleeping in a tree. Apparently we saw one though.

And we definitely saw a huge ass orange tarantula which was living in a hole. Our guide shone his light into the hole and we all got to have a look.

We also saw the elusive Quetzal bird which are so hard to see but it was the wrong sex so it wasn't the brightly coloured one you see all over postcards.

Still got to say we saw it though!

It really was the most miserable weather and at this point Aneesha went inside whilst the rest of us finished the walk.

There is so much wildlife in Costa Rica - that is what its famous for - I just wish it hadn't rained quite so much.

Now my friend Aneesha doesn't really like animals...she's even scared of my flatmate's cat

So when I heard that she'd found this on her neck I nearly wet myself laughing!

That was one of the great things about having one of my best friends on this trip - so many belly laughs! Even if this one was at her expense!

We moved on from the cloud forest reserve to go zip lining at 100% Aventura and at this point we were a little bit apprehensive about how safe it was in the wind.

But Pamela said it would be fine and I'm so glad we did it.

We got strapped into our kit

Terrified that it wouldn't be strapped in right so we asked the guys for quite a lot of reassurance

All ready to go!

I'm pretty scared of heights so its quite a big deal I'm smiling in this picture!

We gathered round to listen to safety instructions and made sure we were paying serious attention!

And then it was time to go!

The first few ziplines are quite short and easy so that you get used to the idea of it

I actually prefered the longer more scary ones because on the shorter ones you had to pull your hand down on the line to slow down

Whereas the big ones you slowed down automatically so there was less to think about

After a few of the short ziplines we got to a section where there was a rappel down..

As you can see I was not happy about this at all as you basically just dropped to the floor!

Not a happy bunny!

Once that was out the way we were back to ziplining and this time it was a reallyyy long one between two of the hills

You can't really see how long it was because of the rain but it was pretty amazing to fly over the trees

We then went on to do two long superman ziplines which means you lie on your front with your back connected so you are literally supermanning through the air.

This was insane. The rain and wind were blowing us all over the place but it was SO amazing to fly through the forest for 1km! They're the longest ziplines in Central America!

If I had a superpower I would definitely want to fly

After the last superman there were two options...finish...or do the tarzan swing.

The tarzan swing is the highest in Costa Rica at 148 ft hight and 294 ft in length.

As I'd managed to conquer my fear of heights I figured I would do it!

I was the first to do it and so I didn't quite know what to expect.

It was TERRIFYING! I swore so much and screamed but felt completely exhilarated afterwards and wanted to go again!

You can see a video on my instagram:

When we finished the tarzan swing it was time to head home to the hotel.
We were literally so so cold and our clothes and shoes were drenched so we ended up just washing them all in the sink.

That leaves you with the issue of having no dry shoes to wear to dinner though...when its pissing down with rain.

So with wet shoes, many pairs of socks and a wet hoodie I consumed wine from this plastic cup

And it did make me feel slightly better!

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