In the last 2014 Challenge post, I hinted at March’s activity requiring a helmet, bug spray and a singular glove. That’s right, I flew to Puerto Rico with one of my improv troupes, Uncomfortable Alphabet and we drove up to El Yunque Rainforest for some sunset ziplining. We found a coupon online (discounts!) and made a group reservation (discounts!) with Campo Rico Ziplining.
For starters, the views were absolutely stunning. With or without ziplines, I could have hiked in that rainforest for days. Once we connected with our Campo Rico Ziplining instructors (who were the nicest people I’ve ever met), we got our safety lessons, harnesses, gloves and were told to start climbing up, up, up to begin our journey. Over the next 3 or so hours we conquered seven ziplines, mastered seven canopy bridges, saw dozens of different species of animals and enjoyed sunset beers while swinging in hammocks. And let me tell you, speeding 200 ft above the rainforest is an adrenaline rush, to say the least.
While I still need (some) convincing before checking skydiving or bungee jumping off my list, this ziplining adventure did leave me feeling pretty darn invincible. I may have a bit of adrenaline junkie side afterall.
To Do: Check online for discounts and make a group reservation, if possible, to lower the price. Check the weather before making your reservation and definitely lather on the bug spray. While you’re under the treetops most of the time, the rainforest air is dense so bring a water bottle that can clip on to your belt for the hiking portion of your trek.
To Avoid: Don’t wait until the last minute to make your reservation. We ended up loving our sunset ziplining package, but we also wanted to explore the cave repelling and off-roading packages but they were all booked up by the time we called.
Price: Package prices vary, the above experience was $129/person, pre-discounts.
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