Active + Adventure

Paradise Unleashed

by Jeff Harris

Rise Above It All
Who says you have to stay at ground level when you travel? Guests at the well-appointed Monteverde Lodge, adjacent to the virgin Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, can enjoy a monkey's-eye view of Costa Rica's lush rain forest on one of the canopy tours through the preserve. The tours consist of platforms up to 425 feet above the ground connected by footbridges and zip lines; the Original Canopy Tour starts by climbing through a giant hollowed-out tree and includes two descents by rope. Newcomer Sky Trek is more extensive: Its platforms have railings to calm your pulse, but the exhilarating 2,500-foot ride on a steel cable will just get it back up again.

Monteverde Lodge
Tel: 506 645 5057
Doubles from $127

Original Canopy Tour
Tel: 506 645 6950
Canopy tour $45

Sky Trek
Tel: 506 645 5238
Canopy tour $40

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