We couldn’t Leave Costa Rica without a rainforest zipline experience! The kids are so small though, that most of the companies couldn’t accommodate us. Fortunately we found one near Dominical that had a lower age limit of 4 so we were in luck. This operation was very child friendly and our guide spent a lot of time telling the girls all about the wonders of the forest with humor and patience.
We started with a quick walk through the Butterfly Garden and a chance to see some banana trees up close.
Then, we suited up…very exciting!
Next came a nature walk from the lodge to the platform area. This was the most educational part. Our guide showed us the cacao fruit and explained how it was turned into chocolate. He picked up a tiny lizard and showed us how it played dead when threatened. He then fastened it to Jason’s ear (that was a big hit!) and finally the traumatized little guy was left to scurry home. Next, he told us all about the leaf cutter ants. He showed us their nests, described their behavior, showed how it’s jaws were powerful enough to snip a thick leaf stalk, and demonstrated how the native people used the ants as stitches for closing up wounds. Fascinating! Then, he ate one and let us know that they tasted kind of like carrots 🙂
Once we got up to the platform and prepared to jump I couldn’t believe how brave Skye and Claire both were, jumping into the air without hesitation. It was tough to stifle my mama bear protective instincts and let them do it…they looked so tiny hanging there!
It was a really fun and memorable day for all of us and I’m so glad we found a way to do it. 🙂