Today is our Selvatura adventure day. Today we zipline.
We breakfasted at the hotel. The restaurant is in a separate building within the compound. A little descent and the restaurant is there, next to the covered pool area. Despite buffet breakfast that was in our itinerary, this was a made-to-order breakfast place, although there is a visible set-up for buffet.
The food is typical Costa Rican breakfast - rice and beans - although there are other choices too, which include the continental (?) eggs and meat (sausage/bacon) combo.
The meal was rushed as you could imagine. A van from Selvatura was expected to arrive early, at 7 am for our 7:30 am ziplining. We chose to sign up for the first schedule of the day. We thought that with all the rain we had yesterday, it would be safer to get done with the activity early in the day.
The van arrived on time, went about picking up other people from different hotels, then we were dropped off at a visitor center where we showed our tickets and were then instructed to go to the back room where we would get suited up for the adventure.
A little wait, not long, then it's back to the van. The short ride took us to the jungle (cloud forest) where the ziplines were located. A lecture/demo was prepared by the group with Q&A. Then those who wanted to try it on the trial line could do it. Nobody did, we were all confident we can handle the lines.
Selvatura Canopy Tour as they call it contains 15 cables and 18 platforms. In order to get to the platforms, one must trek in the forest, under lush greenery, in designated paths that sometimes goes up and down. Some of the paths feel longer than they actually are. The last cable is 1 km long and it is going through nothing, because I think it's too high and all you see is cloud or fog. Kinda exciting. Selvatura is the only canopy tour in Costa Rica that is located inside the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
The tour was about 2.5 to 3 hours. There was an optional Tarzan swing adventure, which from the name you know what it's all about. We all said no to that. Part of our package was the hanging bridges. I was looking forward to this. They called this the Tree Top Walkways.
Selvatura's Tree Top Walkways consist of a 1.9 mile (approximately 3 kilometer) trail that crosses through the Monteverde Cloud Forest.
Here visitors will walk on eight different bridges with various lengths ranging between 150 feet ( 50 meters ) up to 510 feet ( 170 meters ) and altitudes ranging between 36 feet ( 12 meters ) up to 180 feet ( 60 meters ).
Each bridge has a width of five feet, the widest bridges in Costa Rica, and also a capacity of up to 80 people per bridge making them both the longest and strongest bridge systems in the Monteverde Cloud Forest. The Tree Top Walkways are suitable for people of all ages. The duration of the hike usually takes between 1.5 and 2 hours and guided and self guided tours may be booked in advance [Selvatura website].
Higher than the treetops.
The cool part about this was looking town at treetops, so dense you couldn't see the ground. It was when we finished ziplining and was on the way to the bridges that rain started. Quite early I thought.
It was exciting and challenging to get from one bridge to another taking these paths when it's pouring like crazy. We were soaked.
Doesn't this trail/path lovely? I could just imagine walking here leisurely without the rain.
Here are a few of what we saw while hiking from bridge to bridge.
Here's a little video of our ziplining.