Costa Rica 2014 Day 3 Arenal – Monteverde | Sky Adventures | Hotel Belmar

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it’s day 3 in costa rica. we were leaving from our hotel tabacon in arenal to monteverde.

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there are two ways to get to monteverde from arenal: by car or by boat. by boat is the shorter and faster way because it cuts right through the water. we booked jeep-boat-jeep transportation from our hotel and they picked us up from our hotel (cheaper to book online). it was like a 10 mins drive to the water where we got on the boat.

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the boat ride was actually pretty nice. i also signed up the sky adventures tour in monteverde so we had to get there before 12:30pm when the last tour was.
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after we got off the boat, there was about an hour ride to monteverde. cant imagine driving on these roads, super terrible road conditions.
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normally they drop you off at your hotel, but since we were short on time, we asked to be dropped off at the sky adventures location.
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there are three parts to the sky adventure tour: sky trek, sky tram, and sky walk. you can sign up individually, but we decided to do all three parts.

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first part was the sky walk, a guided tour where you walk through the rainforest as well as five hanging bridges/Suspended Bridges.

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after we finished the sky walk, we were headed to the part II and park III of the sky adventures. sky tram’s like a cable car which took us to the top of the mountain and we got down by ziplining (sky trek) through 9 different cloud forest canopy.

ziplining is one of the most popular activities in costa rica. there are many places you can do ziplining in costa rica. dont be confused of canopy and ziplining; they are exactly the same thing. canopy/ziplining tours are available throughout costa rica in nearly every tourist hot spot. however, there can be different canopy/ziplining experiences depending on the location, the length and height of the cables, the overall number of cables and the duration of the tour. some canopy/ziplining tours use hand-breaking stop while the other uses automatic z-breaking system. some you zip line through the forest, some above the forest. some have more intense ones line the superman cable or a tarzan swing.

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i chose to do ziplining with sky trek was because they seem to have the safest and well built system. they also use the automatic z-breaking system so i dont have to worry about breaking myself since this was my 1st ziplining.
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this was my 1st time ziplining. i was pretty scared when i got to the top. the wind was crazy and i was really really high up. after the 1st one, it was actually not that bad.

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here’s a vid shot by my gopro. the helmet they provided actually had a gopro mount which was pretty convenient.

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thanks to my black rapid camera strap i was able to carry my dslr with me through the entire sky adventure tour. probably the most useful piece of camera equipment ive bought especially when i travel.
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we were pretty beat up after ziplining. sky adventures provided us transportations for a few dollars to our hotel: hotel belmar.

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daymnnn i absolutely loved this hotel. it was really beautiful. altho this wasnt the most expensive and luxurious hotel was stayed in costa rica, it was def was my favorite. it was really cozy, romantic, soothing , elegant, and a paradise of its own. a great place to relax and enjoy Monteverde. no wonder its rated no.1 hotel in monteverde.

here’s a vid of our room.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/lala010/15598926219/in/set-72157646747983504/

we were too tired to go out for dinner, so we decided to eat at our hotel.
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the dining room was really romantic.
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the steak was actually pretty good. we saw a lot of cows eating grass on the side of the roads in costa rica, so we wonder if this was one of them. we felt a little cruel. August 17, 2014-IMG_4644

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food was decent but nothing too memorable.
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