Absolutely gorgeous, awe inspiring views and excitingly new adventure with a delicious sense of risk. Guides Alonzo and Christopher were super professional, cheerful and seriously focused on our safety. There are 12 zip lines to be ridden from the top, over and through the jungle canopy, flying down the mountain side. There were 7 of us in our group with two guides and it took us about 1.5 - 2.0 hours to experience the full run. Plenty of time to relish the views, the speed, the exhilarating sense of abandon. There is a bit of a climb about 15 minutes, involved to get up to the top of the 12 lines. There are stairs, concrete blocks, placed in the pathway to help on this climb, but I was winded, I'm 65 and a bit out of shape, by the time I reached the top. Fresh water awaited me there and I didn't bother to hide my broad grin as I surveyed the Volcano top towering over a verdant jungle canopy adorned with individual bouquets of mist, a pristine and lofty waterfall cascaded in the distance.
Management needs to make one crucial adjustment. They have designed the pathway after the conclusion of the Amazing Zip Lining Exhilaration so everyone is herded into a smokey dark lodge constructed by members of a Costa Rican native tribe. Here the soaring joy of the previous hour or two is immediately overwhelmed by a despondent air of demoralized melancholy. Directed to sit shoulder to shoulder along a single wooden bench all are held captive while a somnambulistic native woman morosely recites a script of the tribes history and passes painted handed crafted wooden souvenirs, one after an excruciatingly slow other, down the line of the now imprisoned adventure seekers. I noted with some horror that the table from which she listlessly selected each item in turn was piled high with these artifacts, a sobering indication as to the length of our sentence. One of our patient guides glumly participated as translator, phrase by unbearable phrase as this woman droned on and on through her schtick, her eyes staring down at the bare earth before her unshod feet. The intention of course is to force-sell this "craft" work but the result for us was a total bummer. Management has to make this an elective course rather than required reading.
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