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Friday, July 20, 2012

Maiden Voyage Rides Aerial Tram Through the Treetops of the Costa Rican Rainforest

Emily Starbuck Crone of the Maiden Voyage Travel Blog rides the Costa Rica Atlantic Aerial Tram

Emily Starbuck Crone of the Maiden Voyage Travel Blog was awarded the Gift of Happiness - an initiative by the Costa Rican Tourism Board which is a seven-night trip to the country with nearly all expenses paid. She went on the tour from May 10-17, 2012. And she was happy to share her incredible experience of riding our aerial tram through the treetops of the Costa Rican rainforest on the second day of their tour.

Small Costa Rican Viper
From the outskirts of San Jose, they took around a two-hour drive to the Braulio Carrillo National Park. The winding roads took them through soaring mountains covered in greenery with clouds hovering so close. They stopped to ride the Costa Rica Atlantic Aerial Tram at Rainforest Adventures, which takes just over an hour and sends you on a round-trip through the heart of the jungle. Upon their arrival, the locals showed a small poisonous viper and a large stinging fly that was so powerful, “it can make a cow jump”. And they were thankful they left without any bites or stings.

Then they boarded the open-air tram, which Emily commented to be much like a gondola. The tram holds about six people plus a guide, and since it was a quiet day, there were just two of them, and the tour guide which she described as an older man with a long professional background in biology, and being able to tell them about nearly every plant species and creature they encountered. Emily also added that he was incredibly friendly, and his passion for nature was inspiring. And she also complemented that nearly every local treasured Costa Rica’s rich environment.
Toucan in Costa Rica
The aerial tram ride covers 2.6 kilometers of rainforest, but it only goes two kilometers an hour, so it’s a nice, slow ride. The first half of the ride is just below the canopy, and the return ride is at the treetops, giving you astounding views. The only sounds were the songs of birds and howler monkeys. While I’m a city girl, there was something so calming about this tranquil place. When I asked how they built this without harming nature, they said the poles and equipment was brought in my helicopter to cause as little damage as possible. Costa Rica is so diligent about protecting areas like this. We passed by some of the plants so closely that our guide was able to pluck a few leaves for us and teach us about their medicinal properties. Many of the plants were bizarre and unlike anything I had ever seen. There were vines long and strong enough that locals use them as ropes.
Check out her blog post for more photos of the journey: Riding Through the Treetops of the Costa Rican Rainforest
“If you’re in the area, I highly recommend taking the ride. It’s $55 for adults, and $27.50 for students and children. You can save 10% if you book online.”

“The ride was so beautiful and made me feel very connected with nature. Have you ever taken a trip like this before?”
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