The Original Canopy Tour
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SteppinN
St louis28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I revisited this tour after originally visiting back in 1998! The original tree that I climbed inside to get to platform is no longer there, but there is another tree that we did climb inside to get to the platform. Our family of four with two teenage boys enjoyed this excursion, and the tour company picked us up in a car, rather than a huge crowded bus, as some of the other companies use. Compared to other company that we saw, it felt less like a US theme park and like a more personalized experience. There was one other couple with us for a total in our group of six and we had two guides who were with us for the entire experience. There is a tarzan jump to start, and then I think it was 9 zips after that. No superman pose, no different person to clip you in at each station. One guide in front of you and one behind. Beautiful access the canopies. All six in our group really enjoyed it. For extra $ they take pictures and you can have those emailed to you after wards, but this is not required. The guides were funny despite having worked a long day.
Written January 6, 2020
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mamasanja
Minneapolis, MN54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Family
There are a few options for ziplining in Monteverde, so we read the reviews here and decided to go with The Original Canopy Tour. We made the right choice!!! It was the highlight of our Costa Rica trip!!! We have two kids (girls) 12 & 8 and they both enjoyed every minute of it. The company offers a free pickup, but since we had a car and wanted to do the bridge walking after ziplining at another place, we drove there on our own. They are very flexible and since we came earlier, we just went right away. The staff is really professional and knowledgeable, and did everything very safely. My recommendation is that you wear longer shorts (to your knees) or light pants and T-shirt with light long sleeve shirt on top. It was a bit breezy, so we all wore our long sleeve shirts. The harness sits at mid thigh, so that's the reason for longer shorts (to prevent the rubbing) if you plan on wearing a shorts. The mosquitoes were not a problem in December. We had a belt where we brought a bottled water which we did use. Bring smaller cameras (or GoPro) We had two, so we gave one to the guide, who took pictures of us and a movie, and I used the other one. Someone mentioned in the comments below that they took pictures and they had an option to buy it, so I think they did not have their camera with them. The other family that was with us in the group also had a camera and each of the guides took one and concentrated on that family with pictures. While we were climbing the mountain to Tarzan swing, the guide stopped a few times and while we were catching the breath, he was talking about the flora and fauna in that area. Tarzan swing was awesome! You really fly high and far, swing a few times before they catch you by your feet. After the Tarzan swing, we started on a few shorter ziplines to get used to it, and then it was pure enjoyment. The views are phenomenal! In the middle of the tour, there is an option of rappelling down and climbing up the hollow tree. I recommend you do that, it's quite a fun experience, but requires you to be mildly fit, since you do have to climb up the ladder all the way up back to the platform. The second to last zipline is the best of all! It's ~0.5 mile long and high above the canopy with the view of the Pacific. Fantastic thrill! Our youngest had to ride with a guide on that one, since she is not heavy enough to go on that one by herself. All in all, we all had an unforgettable experience. We highly recommend this tour!!!
Written January 1, 2016
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TikkunOlam77
Belgium, WI111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2012 • Family
We chose the Original Canopy Tour over the others in the Monteverde area because we had two small children (ages 5 and 7) and were looking for great personal attention and a stripped down – no fancy bells and whistles – moderate canopy experience. It ended up being perfect for our family. For our tour it was just our family and another family of four; three guides accompanied us.

After a ten minute walk through the forest, we started out with the Tarzan swing. The kids (although a bit timid at first) loved it. In fact, they wanted to swing more. Then the zip-lines started. They start off short and easy and then build so as to ease you into the experience. Our five-year-old went on a couple of the easier ones by herself (the rest of the time she went with a guide). Halfway through you get to rappel down from the platform and then climb back up through a hollowed out strangler fig. Very cool. Then back to the zip-lines. The last two were by far the best at 400 and 800 meters respectively. You were high above the canopy floor – the expanse of air, valley, sunshine all around. It was truly a good feeling.

A great plus is that the entire time one of the guides had my camera and took shots of the entire experience. This was an adventure that no of us wanted to end and I highly recommend it for families with small children or for someone who might be more timid.
Written July 21, 2012
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World_traveller_30_E
London, UK2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017 • Friends
A friend and I took this tour and listened to the brief information given to us before the activity. The Original Canopy Tour Company failed to mention the very important rule about where to position your head when zip lining. If your head is not to one side of the wire when coming into the finish point then you can hit your head on the plastic break on the wire and this can result in a very serious head injury.

This is what happened to me on the last zip-line. As a result I had to insist on being taken to the hospital. I had to have 2 stitches in my forehead and will now be left with a permanent scar.

The main problem I had with this tour is the lack of safety information and preparation the guides gave me.

To avoid future injuries and accidents I think the tour company should be more comprehensive in their orientation.
Written March 4, 2017
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Jennifer V
Mumbai, India4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
I went zip lining with a big group in April and everything was going well until the guy ahead of me had an issue with a pieces of equipment. The piece that clipped onto the zip line was increasingly more difficult to get off the zip line. The employee on the sending side just took a picture and sent the guy down the zip line. When it was my turn the employee failed to make sure the line was free and sent me down the zip line. The employee at the other end couldn't get the man before me off and that meant the breaking system was not available to stop me and I crashed into the landing platform BREAKING MY PELVIS and other injuries. Original Canopy tours apologized and said they would cover my medical expenses, but they have not.
Please DO NOT use this canopy tour company. They are not trustworthy and I do not want anyone else to be injured as I was.
Written August 30, 2023
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928erezs
Tel Aviv, Israel6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
So I got the 70 usd deal of hanging bridges and original canopy tour with my girlfriend.
Everything started out great tarzan was fun rappling was fun and then came the 3rd zipline.
Started riding it and close to the finish I've spun a bit (not 90 degrees but a bit) and bam, Left foot into a tree trunk. Finiahed the day which was indeed fun. When talked to one of the instructors he said hey know this tree is held but a cable to make it out of the way and that it should be held back more.
Ended up with just a very hurting hoot (and a 200 dollar bill to make sure I didnt break anything).
I think places like this should make more effort into ensuring safety is enforced...It could've ended my trip if I was going just a bit faster....
Written July 22, 2018
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Dariocello
Panama City, Panama85 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
My family and I have done a number of canopy walks and canopy repel, etc but this experience is amazing. One zip line is 800 meters tall and way up there in the sky. The only issue is that it usually rains or drizzles and you will get grease all over you. No warnings are given despite the fact they sell rain coats in the gift shop next to the reception. I strongly advise you bring your own waterproof and grease proof clothing or something extremely old that you do not want to use again
Written June 25, 2017
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Theo M
London, UK17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Friends
I was very excited having booked my tour in advance and having received confirmation of my booking towards the begging of June with a time and location to be picked up from however, they failed to come pick us up having waited over more than 1 hour standing in front of our hotel. We wasted all our morning waiting for them to show up but luckily I had not paid anything whilst making the 'booking' online so we decided to book a tour with competitors Adventura who much more efficient showing up at the exact time and offered a very enjoyable experience.
Written June 20, 2017
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Dukkar D
Vienna, VA387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Family
We chose this tour because we had two kids of ages 5 and 6 and this was the only company that allowed kids that young on ziplines. The tour guides were extremely nice and very particular about safety. They made us all feel safe while we were up in the trees. The kids were allowed to zipline by themselves on certain stretches but on others, the guide accompanied them. Our tour was at 7:30 am and there were just two other people in addition to our family so we did not have a wait at all. We started off with a short trek (can be tiring for small kids) and the first activity was the Tarzan Swing also called as the StressBuster. I can tell you it totally works since I am afraid of heights and jumping off the Tarzan Swing helped me overcome my anxiety. Of course, I had to ask the guide to push me since I had my eyes closed and there was no way I was going to jump off myself! But after that, I was ziplining like a white-faced capuchin!!

TIP #1: So my tip is that if you are afraid or scared of heights and find yourself on this tour, get your adrenalin going by jumping off the Tarzan Swing. Trust me… …just get strapped in, keep your eyes closed and tell the guide to push you without telling you when. It works.

The rest of the tour was spectacular and all of us loved it. We had great weather… …a tab bit windy… …but that gave a fine feeling of swaying while ziplining and it helped slow us down and giving us a chance to see the greenery and scenery around us. Oh, what a feeling it was to be flying over the canopies and at times, through them. All this was made thoroughly enjoyable by the tour guides who we trusted.

I highly recommend the Original Canopy Tour.

TIP #2: They do provide lockers so you can stire the stuff you don't want to carry. One point-and-shoot camera or smartphone per family is good enough because you hand it to the guide who takes pics and videos. We have real good ones that they took.

TIP #3: We went in late December. I wore a light jacket, but despite it being windy, it wasn't necessary because the sun was out. Also, shorts work out just as well even though long trousers are recommended.

TIP #4: Remember to shout "PURA VIDA" each time you take off!!
Written January 21, 2013
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SutherinComfort
Corvallis, OR23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This tour was booked through Holland America. It started with a bus ride from the ship dock. The guide talked all along the way, about what we were passing, as well as what life is like in Costa Rica.

We drove through the lowlands, and then up into the rain forest. The air was thick and steamy. We passed large fields of green grasses (rice). Costa Rica has no army or military, and hasn't in over 70 years. They put their money into education for everyone, and health care for everyone. School is mandatory. As a result, 98% of residents graduate at least high school, many continue on college, which is subsidized.

They use no fossil fuels for utilities, and rely on hydroelectric for water and electricity. Costa Rica receives 220-330 inches of rain a year, mostly within 7 months. So water is not their problem. They are focused on being environmentally careful, so want to eliminate all gas & diesel vehicles by 2020-2021. To do that, they do not tax any electric or hybrid cars, and electric charge stations are everywhere and free. Gas costs about $7.50 per gallon. (They purchase it in litres.)

98% of residences have running water and electricity. They do not allow any hunting, and anyone caught doing so does not pay a fine; they go straight to jail for 3 years. 30% of the land is protected as parks or sanctuaries. They have the most diversity of plants and animals of anywhere on Earth.

On our drive, once in the rain forest, we saw many Scarlet Macaws. They are protected, and there are over 1000 in the area close to Puntarenas. They are safe, but they are also the bullies of the bird kingdom, eating eggs and chicks of other birds. We also saw a river full of crocodiles, which means no one swims in the river.

We arrived at the Zipline location. It is a large professional complex that also provides Aerial Tram rides 1000 feet up (and down) the mountain.

We were outfitted with our Zipline gear, consisting of heavy straps, carabiners, hard hat, and leather gloves. The only downside was the helmets smelled like Mildew!! Icky! But I suppose in that climate, that's to be expected.

We boarded the tram cars with our wildlife biologist guide and slowly rode up the mountain. They have giant ants that carry bits of leaves to their nests. They were so big we could see them laboring on their path. We also saw colorful moths, butterflies, and caterpillars. There were 100 ft tall Ficus trees. Also there were many epiphytes, which attach to trees and then send their snake like roots down many yards to the forest floor.

There were 10 platforms, the first being the shortest (for a practice run) and the 5th being the longest, (Very!), And the 4th being the fastest (Very!). It was different from the ziplines I've done in Alaska and Puerto Vallarta. It is much safer, as all people are attached to at least a tree trunk, or two cables, or standing on the ground, at all times. The person does not have to stop themselves anymore, (which was the reason I ran into a tree in Alaska) because they have a sort of Stop cable and a big spring to create a soft landing. It was Way Fun!

There were 16 of us, and 4 guides, so we were well cared for. I finally found a benefit for the past several years of Pilates! To go really fast, a person is hooked in, leans back, hangs on to the caribiners, and raises their knees, with ankles crossed. Sort of like a cannonball. Yes! I went really fast over the rain forest valleys. So fun! After 10 platforms, and walking on a long muddy path between each, we were beat. And ultra sweaty!

Then, the tour provided a typical Costa Rica lunch, buffet style, but with servers. Rice or noodles, sauces, beans, chicken or beef, salad & dressings, and beverages of mango juice, some other juice, and water. It was all delicious. I got seconds and thirds of the ice water. After lunch, I wandered around their garden and watched a large iguana, who watched me back.

We rode back in the lovely bus with A/C for about 1 1/4 hours.
Written December 26, 2019
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