Took the 10:30 tour out of our hotel in SJ after arriving on a 6:00am flight. We stopped in SJ for the day before departing for the Pacific coast. About an hour drive to the rain forest including pickups at other hotels. Drive had interesting scenery as our guide was full of information about SJ and the drive to the tram area. He was very good about translating between Spanish and English and we never felt left out. Wear shorts and tennis shoes. When we got to rainforest we did some very short hikes to observe plant and animal life, saw a sloth and leaf cutter ants, plenty of birds, and many interesting plants. What amazed me was the lack of face buzzing, or biting, insects. I think if you go on the earlier tour you get more animal action. After the hike we had an absolutely terrific lunch that we had added as part of the cost of the tour, well worth it for sure. After lunch we headed for a bit more hiking, again very short and easy, then the aerial tram. Tram holds about 6 adults with a guide and slowly glides in and above the trees. A real different view of the rain forest and a very interesting history of why this tram is here. Again birds were the most visible wildlife. Tram lasts a little over an hour. Right before the Tram we elected to add the zipline to the experience and as this was my first I am not sure how to compare, but it was really fun and not frightening in the least. Lasted a little over a minute for $10 so I thought it was great. The drive back to SJ was in the dark which was a bit of an adventure with Costa Rican roads, glad I could just sit back and relax. If you want a quick rainforest experience that is easy to handle this is your ticket. Oh yes, NICE bathrooms are readily available which is important to some in my family.
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