Canyoning Rio Negro at Rincon de La Vieja Volcano PDF Print E-mail
After you turn off the paved road five miles north of Liberia City in Guanacaste Province, be prepared for fifteen miles of bumpy dirt road. After we arrived, horses were waiting with our cowboy guide for the 45 minute ride through the secondary forest to our staging area. We saw seven howler monkeys in a tree, hummingbirds and assorted other birds and animals including one giant iguana.

Canyoning in Costa RicaHere we are fitted with hard hats, professional mountaineering harness, personal flotation device and start our short hike to the first creek that we must wade across. Now the adventure begins in earnest. Canyoning (also known as canyoneering) is traveling in canyons using a variety of techniques that may include walking, scrambling, climbing, jumping, abseiling, and/or swimming and we do all the above on the adventure.

Get ready to be soaked to the skin and have a barrel of fun. (We hope you didn't forget to bring a change of clothes, including shoes.) Canyoning requires a higher degree of physical fitness than the normal adventure activity. We offer three different canyoning adventures in different areas of the country and all are different.

This one can be demanding as it requires a little more arm and leg strength than the others. There is climbing, swinging, rappelling, swimming and walking involved in this tour. If you can't swim, don't worry. You will be wearing a professional flotation device so that doesn't present a problem.

In a nutshell, you have two creeks to wade across, one zip line to a platform, two rappels that you never finish as you run out of line and drop into the river pool below. A climb up a sheer rock cliff with the aid of pins embedded into the stone, one tarzan type swing that allows the guides to pull you back and forth through a big waterfall several times and then sets you down in another river pool. The tour is two hours in duration.

After the canyoning adventure is completed you must hike up and out of the canyon and back to the staging area where you left your horses. However, the horses have already been taken back to the stable and you are given a dry towel and a ride back to the Hacienda where a great lunch awaits you. The restaurant has a gorgeous view and you can see volcanoes, mountains and even the Pacific Ocean while you enjoy this four course meal.

Canyoning in Costa RicaAfter lunch you follow the steps down under the restaurant to the guides offices. Here you will be able to view the photographs and videos of your adventure and purchase a copy if you wish and as luck would have it, there is a convenient tip jar. There are a hundred extra photos taken in this area included on the disc. If you are planning to take the tree top canopy tour this is the same area where you are fitted with everything needed for this adventure which begins just a short walk away.

There are accommodations here that are clean and comfortable. A fresh water pool, bar, Spa, lounge chairs, wireless, two house computers, birds, animals and a bottomless coffee pot help make up the great ambiance here
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