Explore pristine gorges and canyons embedded in the Costa Rican rainforest as you hike, down climb, swim, jump, rappel and zipline your way through an adventure of a lifetime. Waterfall rappelling is one of Costa Rica’s ultimate adventure sports. Using a variety of techniques developed for a sport known as canyoneering, you'll hike into the rainforest where you’ll have a safety talk and practice rappel before descending a series of breathtaking cascades.read more close
Expect to get wet and make sure to wear quick-dry clothing and water shoes like Tevas. If you plan to take a camera, call in advance to ask if the tour operator can provide a dry sack; some companies also send along a professional photographer and sell a photo CD at the end of the adventure.
Depart from Rincon de la Vieja on a 45-minute horseback ride to the scenic and towering Victoria Waterfall. This extreme adventure begins with a descent through the tumbling water – swing through the waterfall if you dare! After a refreshing dip in the natural pool below, test your skills and courage by climbing back up the cascade’s slippery rock wall.
Manuel Antonio's exhilarating waterfall rappelling tour begins with a short drive that delivers you to the 90-foot Indian Waterfalls. You’ll rappel the cascade until you reach the waterfall’s plunge pool. Afterward, take a short walk and challenge yourself to the final “monkey drop,” a 45-foot free-fall over a deep pool – you’ll want to try it at least twice!
A short ride from Arenal, you’ll begin the day’s adventure at the secluded “Lost Canyon” by belaying down a 15-foot tall waterfall. After a practice run, you and your fellow adventurers graduate to the first challenge, a 150-foot cascade. When ready, fall backwards and begin descending the slippery rock wall. This tour saves the best for last: the 210-foot Big Daddy, guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Between the waterfalls, you'll hike, swim and down climb through a beautiful gorge carved by spring-fed streams.
Ten minutes outside Monteverde, you'll have the opportunity to rappel down a series of six cascades along hillside featuring panoramic views and lush rainforest. The first waterfall is a mere fifteen feet to help you learn the basics and practice your technique for the largest waterfall – a 130 foot plunge into a natural pool at the waterfall's base.
Take on Los Chorros Waterfall, a massive 180-foot cascade located in a private reserve near Grecia. The first descent is just two feet from the main waterfall, a roaring tumble of water that falls into a pool below. Afterwards, hike through beautiful forest and dine on a light, restorative snack. This adventure may also be combined with a daredevil bungee jump.