Canopy Tours in Heredia

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Famed around the world for its lush, tropical rainforests, Costa Rica is an adventure traveler's paradise. For visitors who want to experience everything this remarkable country has to offer, there are few better ways to enjoy the natural splendor of the Costa Rican rainforest than by taking a canopy tour. The north-central province of Heredia is one of the best places in the country to experience the adrenaline rush of this unique way to see the jungle from a bird's-eye view.

How Canopy Tours Started

Canopy tours allow visitors to traverse great expanses of the rainforest tree canopy by using zip-lines affixed to large platforms suspended among the trees. Originally devised by scientific researchers as a way to observe Costa Rica's plentiful flora and fauna without physically interfering with them, the thrilling zip-line rides through the trees quickly became popular with tourists.

Where to Zip-Line in Heredia

Heredia has several areas where visitors can experience this thrilling activity, San Jose de la Montaña is one of best places to experience zip-lines. Conveniently located a short drive from the main city of Heredia, the mountainous city boast picturesque views of the Barva Volcano, which is one of the largest volcanoes in Central America. Canopy tours here zoom past towering waterfalls, and zip through an ancient landscape. Zip lines also go through the cloud forest, which is a unique view in itself. There are also a few very beautiful mountain lodges where you can stay to experience one of Costa Rica's only Evergreen Forests.

Visitors who crave the ultimate in pulse-pounding excitement can also head to the San Luis Canopy although it is not in the province of Heredia it is in the neighboring province of Alajuela in Costa Rica's Central Valley. Featuring some of the longest cable systems in Central America, this canopy tour consists of 19 platforms stretching across more than 8,000 feet of stunning jungle. There are many different sections of canopy, each with their own difficulty level, meaning that tourists of all ages can experience the breathtaking views of the Costa Rican rainforest.

A Different Perspective

Although hiking remains one of the most popular activities for tourists visiting Costa Rica, canopy tours allow travelers to see much more of the country's rich jungles. Many of Costa Rica's more exotic birds inhabit the upper boughs of the trees, which may not be visible from ground level. Providing tourists with a true bird's-eye view of the majesty of nature, a canopy tour over the tress is sure to be an unforgettable experience for all visitors.

For travelers who would rather take it easy, the canopy tour platforms are often connected by a series of walkways, making this exciting activity ideal for the whole family. Whether they walk or zip through the upper reaches of the Costa Rican jungle, the memories of a canopy tour in Heredia are guaranteed to last a lifetime.

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