Zip lining in Costa Rica

By Catarina Redisch at Tarcoles River, Costa Rica

Ready to zip line in Costa Rica

When we were in Costa Rica, mum wanted to visit a coffee plantation. My sister and I would rather zip line. We were going to fly between 9 platforms.

We took a bus to Tarcoles River. As we got out of the bus, we walked a little ways, maybe 20 minutes, through the rain forest until we arrived at an open space where we were shown the basics: how to hold on, how to sit, how to brake and also pull ourselves forward in case we were stuck on the wire halfway between two trees.

Zip lining in Costa Rica

zip lining Costa Rica

Me, paying close attention


When we had been fitted with harness, we entered a platform about 3 metres above ground. I was the smallest one there, and got really good momentum when I was pushed off the platform. It felt like I was flying. At the second platform there was a man who caught me since I’m so light. My sister came right behind me at full speed.

I had to queue a little on this platform, which was a little scary since it was about 13 metres above ground and quite narrow. Now I had to attach a hook from my harness to a wire around the tree, so I wouldn’t fall. When it was my turn I was pushed off the platform. I was flying above a small river and many sharp stones. I think I must have been about 20 metres above ground.

Zip lining in Costa Rica Zip lining in Costa Rica

Next section was the highest, about 50 metres above ground. Part of the path went through a Y-shaped tree and the wire went straight between the lines of the Y. The most fun were the monkeys in the Y-tree. As I swooshed past, I was very close to them.

Zip lining in Costa Rica

As I neared the next platform, I had such high speed, I crashed into the man who was there to catch me. He didn’t mind and just sent me flying to the next tree. The wire was now at a downward angle and I was soon on the ground. I was offered a bottle of water while I waited for my sister to finish.

Zip lining in Costa Rica was heaps of fun.

About Catarina Redisch

The youngest kid in ‘travel with kids’, loves horses above all else.

21 Responses to “Zip lining in Costa Rica”

  1. RyukyuMike 8 January 2013 0934 #

    An adventurous kid. Bravo !

  2. Natasha von Geldern 8 January 2013 2236 #

    Great post Catarina! I love that you’re so adventurous and overcoming fear :)
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  3. Sonja 8 January 2013 2329 #

    Very well written and definitely an enticing adventure!
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  4. Red Hunt 9 January 2013 0151 #

    Zip lining is SO much fun! Great to get out and explore like that…!
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  5. Wow, Catarina, I loved reading about your zipline adventure – it looks so exciting! You are very brave to have tried something that’s a bit scary – I’m pretty sure that I would have stayed safely on the ground with your mum!
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  6. Jackie Smith 9 January 2013 0600 #

    A great post Catarina. I would not have been as brave as you – if I was swinging above something I know I would have shut my eyes and just screamed. Great job!
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  7. ItalianNotes 9 January 2013 1039 #

    Sounds exciting. But if I were your mum, I wouldn’t want to hear about it until afterwards:)
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  8. Leigh 9 January 2013 1801 #

    I think I had as much fun as you did ziplining in Costa Rica. Lucky you with a mom that takes you on adventures like this.
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  9. Cathy Sweeney 9 January 2013 2215 #

    Catarina, I’ve never zip-lined before (and I’m much, much older than you), but…. I’ll be doing that in Mexico this coming weekend. Thanks for getting me more excited to try it.
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  10. Laurel 9 January 2013 2350 #

    I love zip-lining, glad to see that you enjoyed it as well. Costa Rica is a beautiful place to do it.
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  11. You’re a very brave person! The smile on your face tells how much you enjoyed this adventure :) Now that you have a taste for “adventure”, I’m sure you’ll be doing many more :)
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  12. D.J. - The World of Deej 10 January 2013 0056 #

    Good for you Catarina! I went zip lining not long ago and you are right…it is heaps of fun!
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  13. InsideJourneys 10 January 2013 0411 #

    Way to go, Catarina! I still haven’t tried zip lining.
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  14. Mary @ The World Is A Book 10 January 2013 0742 #

    Great job on the writing and for trying out zip lining on one of the most beautiful jungles, Catarina. Glad to hear you had a lot of fun. We tried out zip lining for the first time last year and my kids loved it too. I hope you get to go again soon.
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  15. Steve 10 January 2013 0837 #

    It looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing your experience with us. I love all the details you included, and I finished the post trying to decide what the monkeys must think of all these people flying past them at high speed.
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  16. Vera 10 January 2013 1341 #

    Very cool:)! I went zip-lining too for the first time recently and had heaps of fun – but we didn’t see any monkeys… Also, you look much better with your helmet than I did;)!!
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  17. Andrea 10 January 2013 1753 #

    Super – fun! I’ve only been once but I’m hooked!
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  18. Stephanie - The Travel Chica 15 January 2013 0113 #

    I did ziplining for the first time in Costa Rica too. So much fun!
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  19. Christina 15 January 2013 2240 #

    Good on ya, Catarina! I love your sense of adventure. I have to say, when you said you were 50m above the ground I thought about my last ziplining adventure in Franconia, Germany – I was 16m up and literally hugging the tree, that’s how scared I was!
    Sounds like you had a brilliant time!
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  20. Udo Weisner aka Jo Igele 22 January 2013 1305 #

    Greetings from the wintery lake of Constance, Germany.
    I like your posts. Zip lining is a funny thing, espacialy in Costa Rica.
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  21. Tina Ryan 24 January 2013 0621 #

    What a brave young girl.. And she’s loving it..

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