My family group of nine booked the Super Mega Combo at Buena Vista Canopy Tour through Allan Murillo and Sunnyside Adventures, Costa Rica. True to form our guide Manny and driver John were at our villa at our scheduled time of pick up.
Our trip led us high up on the Rincon de la Vieja volcanic mountain range. We set out to conquer 10 zip lines with the highest being just above 400 feet. All 9 travelers were new to this type of canopy top excursion. Manny and the guides were awesome! The safety equipment was top notch...I tip the scales at 300+ lbs and was never scared. The view was amazing I was flew through the air only to be joined by a group of Howler monkeys.
From the zip lines we headed back up the hill to the 1200 ft long water slide. You know when you have to wear a helmet and women have to wear a special leather bottom...you are in for a serious ride. First you read the safety board...second you sit in the slide with a tube around you...third the slide operator closes the water flow which allows the water to gather behind you...finally the operator opens the gate and the flood pushes you down the slide. It is all over in 40 seconds with plenty of opportunity for photo ops along the way!
After the slide we changed clothes and gears. We all mounted horses and headed out on the trail. For most this was the first time. The horses were tame and never were out of control. The trail led to the mud bath and hot springs. Here we all applied the mud made from volcanic ash, allowed for it to bake and harden on our skin, and pose for silly once in a lifetime family photographs! Following the mud bath we showered off and headed for the eternal hot springs. Three pools provided hot, warm and cooler temperatures. All fed naturally by the local spring, all awesome for relaxation!
After the springs we loaded up a John Deere Tractor...kind of like a hayride...and headed back to the main area for a all out lunch buffet!
Once again...thanks to Manny from Sunnyside Adventures for providing insight, taking awesome pictures and showing our family an awesome time...once again!
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