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Ever wondered what it is a monkey finds so fascinating about the forest canopy? Costa Rica is a pioneer in canopy exploration, where thick branches serve as platforms for the adventurous traveler, more than 100 feet above the jungle floor. If you’re wondering why you’d want to head to the top of a tree just to look around, remember that 90% of Costa Rica animals and 50% of plant species in rainforests live in the upper levels of the trees. When you explore that far off the ground, the view is something you’ll never forget! A Costa Rica zip line tour, hanging bridges hike, or aerial tram tour are all fantastic ways to take advantage of Costa Rica’s stunning forest canopy views.


Almost anyone of any age and physical condition can enjoy a Costa Rica zip line adventure as it is not strenuous. Secured into a harness and attached to a sturdy cable, you will have the opportunity to fly through the rainforest canopy and experience a bird’s eye view of the lively forest below. A Costa Rica zip line is about a five hour adventure that operates rain or shine all year and is led by bilingual guides. For the non-adrenaline junkie, the aerial tram can take you through the rainforest in comfort and safety. Prefer to linger? Hanging bridges offer panoramic views for acres, and an experienced guide will be happy to point out a variety of birds and animals.

Our Experts highly recommend: the canopy zip line at Arenal Volcano for stunning volcano views.

Arenal Reserve: Aerial Tram & Canopy Zipline

A Costa Rica zip line adventure generally involves taking an aerial tram up into the forest canopy to an elevated platform overlooking the forest floor. Enjoy a bird’s eye view as a modern aerial tram takes you through the rainforest in the comfort and safety of an enclosed cab. Once up on the first platform, you click your harness into a pulley and glide across the cable to the next platform, enjoying the scenery from a bird’s point of view.


It’s one of the most popular destinations to visit in Costa Rica, but sharing the view of the Arenal Volcano with the birds from afar on a zipline or aerial tram is a truly incredible experience. The sheer physical magnitude of the volcano—one of the world’s most active until its eruptive cycle ceased in 2010—is uniquely visible in the context of its surrounding rainforest only from above the trees.

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Diamante Superman Canopy Zip Line

9 Best Costa Rica Zip Line & Canopy Tours

Many who’ve visited Guanacaste would be quick to tell you that this region’s tropical dry forests, and the wildlife that inhabit them, are best experienced from above. The Diamante Superman zipline is no exception. Fly above the tree tops, mountains and gorgeous Guanacaste coast line on this thrilling aerial adventure.

Jaco Canopy Zipline Tour

For more advanced zipliners or adventurous first-timers, the Jaco zipline tour is a true thrill—the speeds reached are higher than those during a regular beginner’s zipline tour. But the speed is not the only draw; views of a waterfall, birds, monkeys, and the enormous Jaco Beach make this zipline tour one of the best.

Jaco Rainforest Aerial Tram


Learn about Costa Rica’s nature and wildlife directly from the forest canopy. On the Jaco Rainforest Aerial Tram tour, guests sit comfortably in an open-air aerial tram that glides over the top of the forest canopy, and listen to a professional naturalist guide’s explanation of the flora and fauna below.

Manuel Antonio Canopy Safari Zip Line

The oldest established canopy tour in the southern zone of Costa Rica, the Manuel Antonio Canopy Safari Zip Line Tour is run by a team that’s well-versed in giving visitors one of the best experiences of ziplining Costa Rica. Aside from the ziplining, they also have rappelling lines, a suspension bridge, and an incredibly fun “Tarzan swing.” It also serves as a wildlife sanctuary with its butterfly farm, serpentarium, and fishing pond!

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Monteverde Sky Aerial Tram & Zipline


The major draw of the ziplining and/or aerial tram tour in Monteverde is the plants and animals of the region, and the ability that the tour grants to see them from above. The climate of this famous cloud forest has resulted in it being an extremely diverse biome, home to over 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds, thousands of insect species, and about 2500 species of plants. Monteverde also contains the largest number of orchids in the world.

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San Luis Canopy Tour

For those in Costa Rica’s Central Valley region, the cloud forest canopy seems as if it were designed for ziplining. Thrill seekers can ride 12 different lines between 18 separate platforms, and will zip across a gorgeous river landscape a total of four exhilarating times.

Add this tour to our Tropical Honeymoon vacation package!

Arenal Hanging Bridges Hike & Hot Springs Tour

9 Best Costa Rica Zip Line & Canopy Tours

If you’re looking for a mixed bag of activities for your day in Arenal, this one’s for you. Walk across a series of suspended bridges that link the treetops for a panoramic view of acres of reserve. Your guide will help you spot lush vegetation and a variety of birds and animals. The day begins with a guided tour of the Arenal Hanging Bridges, full of otherwise unreachable views of the Arenal Volcano. You will traverse over 1.5 miles across 15 suspension bridges, reaching heights of over 200 ft.  Your day concludes at the Arenal hot springs where you can relax sore muscles from the morning hike.

Hacienda Pozo Azul Canopy Zipline and Horseback Ride

From the cloud forest, ride on horseback along the Sarapiqui River until you reach the first platform. With 12 cables running between 17 platforms reaching heights of up to 90 feet in the air, zipliners who run the whole course will traverse a large canyon several times, experiencing remarkable open views.

Costa Rica Reizen Canopy en Zipline Tours

Canyoning is one of those lucky sports that focus more on the aesthetics of the view and the fun than pure difficulty. Occasionally called canyoneering in the United States, the controlled descent requires no previous experience to enjoy. From the top of a canyon cliff you’ll get the best view for miles around before rappelling down sheer rock face and waterfalls for a closer look. While canyoning might be popular the world over, waterfall rappelling is only possible in places like Costa Rica, where rainforest waterfalls make stunning views and a way to truly get your heart pumping! Even if you’re not a fan of heights, how often do you get the chance to waterfall rappel into a crystal-clear pool in the middle of an untouched rainforest?

Safety First

Canyoning Costa Rica

While the descent may look tricky, all of our canyoning tours are led by experienced, safety-conscious guides. This is fun for the whole family – guides are in complete control, making it a safe adventure for even young travelers. On a sturdy platform looking down a massive tropical waterfall, one is attached to a system of ropes and pulleys, and they use the power of their legs to propel themselves off the surface of a waterfall as they plunge to the pool of water at the bottom for the thrill of a lifetime! The only negative: you’ll need extra clothes, because you will get wet!

Arenal Canyon & Waterfall Rappel

Canyoning Costa Rica

Hike along rainforest trails to reach the starting point of your adventure where you’ll receive a safety talk and standard mountaineering equipment. You’ll rappel down 5 rock faces, 4 of which have waterfalls ranging between 50 and 20 meters in height. This canyoning adventure can be combined with whitewater rafting or ziplining.

Rio Perdido Canyoning Adventure, Guanacaste

Best Costa Rica Canyoning & Waterfall Rappelling Adventures

This unique twist on the classic canyoning excursion merges traditional canyoning with a variety of aerial adventures. The Rio Perdido Canyoning experience includes 15 platforms interconnected by trails, ziplines, a suspension bridge, a Tarzan swing over a waterfall, via ferratas, and up and down rappelling.

El Silencio Adventure Rappel Course

Take in a bird’s eye view from cloud forest canopy on this thrilling adventure combo. From El Silencio Lodge in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, embark on a waterfall rappel or zipline adventure, or both! This adventure course is available right from the hotel property.

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