My sister and I were travelling to Costa Rica for the first time, and we booked the whitewater rafting and zipline experiences through our hotel in Manuel Antonio (Hotel Parador). We got shuttle service directly from the front door and were treated to very fact- and fun-filled drives up to both activities.
It was the first time either my sister or I had gone whitewater rafting, and we approached with some trepidation since the water was high. We had nothing to fear, though, with the team from Canopy Safari making sure safety was the priority - we all had full personal protective equipment, and even had a safety briefing on how to retrieve someone who'd fallen in the water. We navigated a few rapids before stopping for a break at a waterfall, which was gorgeous. It was exactly how I imagined Costa Rica to be. We had a quick snack and water break, and after feeding some of the little fish that gathered in the pool under the falls, we headed back for the rest of the journey. At journey's end, we were greeted with towels and beer for the ride back into Quepos.
On the other hand, my sister and I have done smaller ziplines before (treetop trekking in our native Canada) but never this high up nor this long. I wasn't a fan of the sudden-drop style rappelling that occurred in some places, but my sister, the adrenaline junkie, loved it. She was busy doing backflips off the platforms while I gingerly stepped off, but we had a fun group of both tour guides and fellow tourists, and it was a beautiful day overall.
Both experiences came with a delicious home-cooked meal that helped us recover all the energy spent exploring the outdoors, and both led to my sister and I getting in touch with the people we'd met on the tours to continue to do more activities together in following days.
For the record, I preferred the rafting, while my sister preferred the ziplining.
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