If I knew I’d love Costa Rica so much I’d have gone there a long time ago. I discovered that I’m a bit of a passive thrill seeker. No bungee jumping or skydiving, but I did partake in a number of other equally exciting activities! I decided that I wasn’t going to let fear of the unknown get the best of me and let my fear of heights or pure adrenaline pumping activities keep me down. Adventure, here I come!
In the evening we went to the Baldi Hot Springs, an amazing place that has pools ranging from 93 to 152 degrees. I have never in my life felt so blissfully peaceful as I did when I was laying in the reclining chair as the warm water washed over me as it tumbled down from a waterfall. I stood under a waterfall enjoying nature’s massage. They had some amazing water slides I couldn’t get enough of. I felt like a kid running to the top of the water slide again and again as soon as I hit the bottom!
The second adventure activity of the day was white water rafting! I can’t think of many things more exciting than this! My favorite moment was when we went over an especially big rapid and I went airborne, held in only by my feet which were tightly tucked into the foot holds.
There are so many activities that you can’t stop at just one and it becomes like an addiction wanting to do everything! There were five of us who did the maximum number of activities available in one day, bouncing around from cloud forest walk to ziplining to ATVing to nighttime jungle hike! In the morning we took a guided tour in Santa Elena Nature Preserve, which was gorgeous. Next up was ziplining, which was amazing! After experiencing canyoneering I was no longer scared to do ziplining, or at least I believed that until I was up on the platform being hooked up to the line. But as soon as I was set free on that first line I was hooked! There were 13 lines in total, varying in length, height and speed but all took me soaring over the trees with the wind blowing in my hair! What a rush! There was a guide on the platform that you were flying into that was supposed to tell you to brake, but they never did so you ended up braking at the last second on your own only because you’re about 5 feet away from crashing into a tree at 45 mph. This can be pretty scary as you can see from the picture below. The last line was my favorite - it was ¾ of a mile long, was so fast, and I didn’t think it was ever going to end.
Next up was ATVing which took some getting used to. I was certain I was going to fall over from side to side and quickly learned that it was important NOT to stick your leg out to the side to steady yourself if you thought you were going to fall. I got the hang of it pretty soon and was soon zooming up and down the gravel roads, through the hills and the forest.