Adventures in the Air
If you ever thought of being a bouncer, here’s your chance: Tropical
Bungee (. 506/232-3956, www.bungee.co.cr) provides an
inexpensive opportunity to bungee jump off the 90-meter/296-
foot Río Colorado bridge into a deep gorge. The setting is close enough to
San José that you’ll have time to do several jumps in a day. Cost runs
about US $50 for the first jump, and $25 for subsequent jumps. The steel
bridge was built in 1948 and now sees mostly tractors and farm equipment
going to and from surrounding plantations. You go first; we’ll
watch. After the jump you get to plunge into the Colorado for a swim.
A slightly less down-to-earth excursion is hot air ballooning with Serendipity
Adventures (in US & Canada, . 877/635-2325, in CR . 506/
556-2592, www.serendipityadventures.com). Lift-off is very early in the
morning. They pick you up from your hotel and drive you out to the lift-off
location. The pilot will show you how to guide the balloon for ascents and
descents over the bucolic countryside. It’s a feeling of euphoria that is
hard to beat. Around US $900 for up to five people, or a special of about
US $500 for two. It’s a lot of money, but the trip of a lifetime. Serendipity
also arrange tours.
The Aerial Tram (. 506/257-5971, www.rainforesttram.com) is a very
popular day tour from San José. Located in a rainforest on the eastern
edge of the Braulio Carrillo National Park (see page 314), the converted
ski lift tram was developed and built in 1994 by Don Perry, a famous
North American biologist who pioneered forest canopy research. It features
a slow-moving, 90-minute trip in a cable car at various altitudes
above the forest floor. A“naturalist” guide accompanies the group in each
car. This tour was one of our most highly recommended and was extremely
popular with tour groups, but Dr. Perry is no longer involved in
its daily function and has expressed serious reservations to us about the
staff’s emergency response training. Let’s hope that issue is resolved. The
tram has opened an agreeable lodge for overnighters.
A common next stop with day tour groups is their affiliated Banana
Tour of one of two Dole banana plantations in the Caribbean lowlands.
Make arrangements for this intriguing educational trip with a local
travel agent in your hotel or contact them directly (. 506/768-8683.