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Coffee, Sugar & Cocoa

Zipping thru life

rain 16 °C

February 16, 2015

Can’t say today’s activity was on the bucket list but one to check off anyway.

Woke up to brilliant sunshine and rain at the same time. Very strange. There’s a hill right behind town and the clouds come over the hill filling the air with moisture and rapidly displate so although it’s sunny air has a very heavy mist.

The mornings activity was a tour of a family owned coffee, cocoa, and sugar farm that was much better than any we’d ever been on before. Our guide, the fourth generation working on the farm showed us how coffee was transformed from seed to brew in this area. It’s too steep for machinery so much of the work is done by hand. We then went on to learn about cocoa that they’re experimenting with in this area that is not ideal for the plant. Then onto sugar cane from plant to moonshine and caramel.

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The big activity in this area is zip-lining. They have the longest zip-line in Central America. Fred of course, signed up, and Gail, not wanting to be a whimp, followed suit and then had second thoughts. Whimpiness seemed like a common sense approach. Seemed it was too late to back out so off she went.

We were dropped off in a reception area with about 40 other people arriving for various adventure activities. Once we’d signed on the line we were fitted up with helmets and harnesses, doubled checked to make sure all was well and sent off for instruction. Nerves were definitely on ready at this point but the encouragement and attention of the staff to safety was somewhat reassuring.

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They started us out on a couple of short zips. Our attention was focussed on braking at the other end so the fact that we were whizzing through the jungle was lost. When we reached the longer zips there was time to relax (?) and have a look around and it was quite an experience. The last two zips were what they called Superman Zips ie belly down like Superman and they were long. By then the fog had rolled in and people were zipping off into a cloud. It cleared by the time it was our turns and off we went. Pretty intense experience. The last option was the Tarzan Leap…hard to describe.. a cross between repelling and bungee jumping. Gail opted out but Fred went for it. The staff got the person hooked in and then before they knew what happened gave them a push and off they went. Fred’s screams echoed thru out the valley as he bounced about. Can’t say it’s something either of us would do again but an interesting experience for sure.

Posted by Colenso 19:28 Archived in Costa Rica

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good for you guys!! I have very fond memories of my one and only zip lining experience in Costa Rica. We went when zip lining was still a new phenomenon. Loved it! It's probably much scarier now. Our experience was in Rincon de la Vieja.

by Deborah

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