Ziplining in Costa Rica: What to know before you go

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Costa Rica is an adventure seekers playground. The country is world-renown for its ziplining courses, and the Sky Adventures Canopy Tour at the Arenal Volcano did not disappoint. If you are considering ziplining in Costa Rica, here are a few things you should know.Parenthood and Passports- ziplining in Costa Rica

Age limitations for ziplining in Arenal Costa Rica

This is NOT an activity you can do with a baby or toddler. However, kids ages five and older can participate. Young children will be required to zipline with one of the guides.

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Ziplining in Costa Rica

Although we were traveling with an infant, my parents watched our baby so we could go ziplining in Arenal. I would highly recommend trying it. The views can’t be beat! You feel like you’re flying high above the ground, buzzing through the trees, and reaching speeds of about 30-40 miles per hour. Ziplining is exhilarating, but not as scary as you may think. We had children as young as six years old in our group as well as older people, and all of them loved it. The system they use is very safe and the guides are there to assist. The zip-lining guides are also very friendly and funny which makes the experience even better.

Fitness or physical limitations

Parenthood and passports - Ziplining in Costa RicaThis particular zipline course is not at all strenuous and there are very few stairs to climb. People of all activity and fitness levels can do this. Once you start the zipline course, there is no turning back. There are approximately 7 different ziplines that will zig zag back and forth across the Costa Rican rain forest. Ultimately, the course returns you to the starting point. It takes 2 1/2 to 3 hours to complete the course depending on the size of the group accompanying you in your time slot. There is a stopping point halfway through where you can use the restroom, get a drink, and take a few photos. As you are approaching this platform, a professional photographer will also take your photo. You can view and purchase that picture immediately afterward.

Clothing recommendations and what to wear when ziplining in Costa Rica

I would recommend clothes you don’t mind getting dirty, long pants, and closed-toed shoes. During the rainy season, the zipline course is still open. Although, they will stop the course if it is pouring rain and lightning, under most circumstances, a light rain will not result in a canceling or postponement of your activities.Parenthood and passports - Ziplining in Costa Rica

How scary is ziplining in Costa Rica?

The question we get asked the most about ziplining in Costa Rica is whether it is scary. While this is certainly an activity for the adventurous, I would not necessarily deem it scary. Even my father, who is afraid of heights, loved ziplining in Costa Rica. You may feel nervous when you approach the first platform to zip off into the clouds, but after just one zipline, you will quickly get over your fears or nerves, and be ready for more!

Is ziplining in Costa Rica safe?

Short answer: yes. Ziplining in Costa Rica is extremely safe. The knowledgeable and funnly guides at Sky Adventures are there on each side of the zipline to assist you with your harness, make a few jokes and slow you down or stop you if you go to fast. You are required to wear gloves, and are not allowed to take your hands off the handles, which is not the case in some of the other countries in which I’ve ziplined. Bottom line, Costa Rica takes ziplining safety seriously.

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2 comments on “Ziplining in Costa Rica: What to know before you go”

Hi Melissa!

At what age would you be comfortable taking your daughter ziplining? My children are 6, 9 and 11. I’m nervous doing it myself and worries about my children but don’t want to deprive them of this experience. Any reassurance would be welcome. Also when you say use the restroom is it an actual restroom or just going in nature?

Thank you,


We have a six-year-old, and I would feel comfortable taking her ziplining. Kids that young have to ride with one of the tour guides. I’d have your oldest two go first, followed by your 6-year-old with the guide, and then you. It felt very safe to us. And regarding the restrooms, there are nice indoor restrooms where we went ziplining.

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