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Papagayo Floating and Canopy Tours ‑ CLOSED

Province of Guanacaste, Costa Rica
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ron p wrote a review Apr 2019
Maitland, Florida4 contributions
Dont let manual or other tour guides trick you to do a go for to the owner. Unsafe platforms Scary terrain Abandoned We got injured
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Scott Charles wrote a review Jun 2017
Dallas, Texas244 contributions165 helpful votes
Overall, it should get 3.5 stars to be fair. This place has been around for more than 12 years and does feel a bit dated, lacking many of the modern upgrades. They have 11 lines and they are good distances across a valley and then across a river with Crocks. The place is actually only 25 minutes from the Four Seasons (with half of the drive being a bumpy offroad experience). You arrive at what looks like an old farm house from the 1970s. The staff was very friendly (there are only two of them who ride with you the whole time). The zipline equipment is definitely dated in that they don't have proper braking systems and you have to use gloves to a) stabilize yourself and b) stop at the end of the runs. The guides will help you, but this is the more of the no-frills kind of zipline where you are close to nature. We never felt unsafe, but the equipment could use an upgrade. You walk on little hiking trails between ziplines, but they are all pretty short walks so its not bad. You launch from platforms that either free standing or hanging from trees. The first 7 lines are across the valley, which is pretty scenic and the last 4 are over the river, which was my favor part. You end up at a little house area with a good spot for pictures. Pros: Friendly staff, personalized experience, very outward bound (nature) scenic views and good long ziplines. Cons: Old equipment, requires you to stop yourself (better for people who have done ziplines before) and very rustic place. Its for the zipline purist. We didn't do the ATVs, but they looked fun. Note to the owners; Install braking systems please. They cost very little and improve your guest experience significantly....not to mention safety.
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Date of experience: June 2017
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Robert M wrote a review Mar 2017
New York City, New York47 contributions4 helpful votes
We went with 8 people (4 adults, 4 teens) and had a great time. The ziplining was top notch with some super long runs, many over a river with the odd croc floating around. At the end you zipped right into a cool little lunch hut sitting high above the river. The lunch was GREAT (apps, delicious steak, salad, potato and dessert) and was frankly the best we have had during our stay on Papagayo. Super cold beers made it even better :) The ATV was challenging over a super rocky course with some steep up and down terrain. Drivers should be experienced for sure. HIGHLY recommend...and if you get Jorge to drive you, you will get some excellent classic rock both there and back ;)
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Date of experience: March 2017
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Mike A wrote a review Jan 2017
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We went ziplining and followed it up with the atv tour. Our guides for the zipline were very funny and professional. Never gone on an atv through the forest and it was amazing.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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yolofam4 wrote a review Jun 2016
San Diego, California290 contributions92 helpful votes
Found this tour through Costa Rica Best Trips. We wanted to Zipline but didn't want to drive too far (staying at Marina Papagayo) and they suggested Papagayo Floating and Canopy Tours. We were picked up and driven there, thankfully as the roads were horrible! We were the only ones there, I guess the 100 degree heat scared people away? We did the ATV first. My husband drove with our older daughter on his ATV, and I took our 5 year old on my ATV. They give you basic instructions and then you practice around their driveway - I wish they had a better practice area with hills because even though we took the "easy and short tour" it was quite challenging. Maybe it was just that it's been over 20 years since driving an ATV or that I had my 5 year old or that it was 100+ degrees - but it was more difficult than I thought it would be. We followed our guide along a very bumpy path through extremely hot and dry terrain (they give you face masks for the inevitable dust). Our guide, Alex, was so patient with me and even took our camera and took pictures of us while he was driving! He was able to capture some great pics for us. He also brought along cold water for us to have a break. Definitely want to wear dark clothes as you will get very dirty. After making it back to their building, we had more drinks (you can buy Gatorade, etc) and prepared to Zipline. We had planned for all of us, including our 5 year old, but she got cold feet at the last minute. They were super accommodation and let me husband go with our 11 year old while I walked up to the half way point and waited, and then we switched and he stayed behind and I got to Zipline last half, which was the highlight of the course! Several lines over the river and through more jungle where we was owls, owl best with baby, lots of howler monkeys and many iguanas. While crossing the river, we looked for alligators but didn't see any. Alex was our guide again and he took lots of pictures on our camera again, even though they have someone else taking a few and selling them at the end. We ended up buying one as well ($10). Overall, we would do this again - it was a unique experience I don't think we'd have anywhere else.
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Date of experience: March 2016
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