I'm confused about the Sky Trek zip lines in Arenal

Old Jan 17th, 2006, 01:00 PM
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I'm confused about the Sky Trek zip lines in Arenal

I've heard that the Sky Trek zip lines in Arenal are great. But when I go to their web site, it only appears to talk about Monteverde. I have found zip line tours described on line from the Arenal Reserve...but they appear to cost a lot more than the $60 per person I was expecting. Can someone clue me in?
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 02:37 PM
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Hi Missypie,

We did the ziplines at SkyTrek in Arenal a couple of weeks ago and LOVED them!!! It cost us $60 p/p and 48 p/p for our sons because they are students. First, you ride up on the tram, then a couple of practice runs before you actually "fly" over the canopy. It was quite a rush, not scary just amazing! The views of Lake Arenal and the volcano while zipping 40 mph were stunning!!!

We booked it ourselves using Skytrek.com and it went very smoothly. Any other questions, just let me know.

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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 04:01 PM
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Jayneann,
several questions about the Sky Trek Zip line. If you do not like heights would this be something you might not try.

Do the guides go tandem with adults?
Are the practice runs close to the ground or is it similar to what you will experience for the rest of the tour?

Are there other zip lines that are more inviting to the less adventuresome?
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Old Jan 17th, 2006, 07:29 PM
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twbuss,
Well, if you don't like heights, the ziplines might be scary! However, having said that, one of the women in my tour was petrified at first (was actually trembling initially), but kept on doing it anyway and at the end said she was so glad she did!! Plus, we all agreed we felt very safe!!

There was a small boy (woman's son) who went tandem with the guide and I remember the guide telling us that sometimes they go out to help people, so I imagine you could ride tandem. Email them to find out for sure. It's really so much fun that I do recommend trying it on your own first though! It's really easy, no braking yourself and such a great feeling!! The zipline at Arenal Paraiso looked lower and smaller, but you have to brake. Also, one of our drivers told us he liked the Canopy Zipline in Manuel Antonio.

Oh yes, the first practice run is close to the ground, the second isn't, but you'll get a good idea after the first run. By the time you get to the longest zipline, you'll be a pro!! Go for it!!!
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 12:26 AM
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I'm not sure if the price has gone up now, but we paid closer to $45 per person for the sky trek/sky tram zip-line in June 2005. We booked it at our hotel, the Lost Iguana resort in Arenal.
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 06:17 AM
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On the Sky Trek web site, it refers to Monteverde and not to Arenal. Are there two locations, or what?
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 07:43 AM
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They are two different locations. Try Googling "Sky Trek Arenal" and you should find what you are looking for.
 
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There are several locations and different companies..

If you are seriously scared of heights, this is a bad idea as you are very high up. At first it can be a little scary for some people. The employee staff though are experienced and very helpful. I have done the canopy in three locations and I loved it. Incredible view.
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 04:32 PM
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Missypie,
If you're interested, I can send you pictures of us ziplining at Sky Trek. Just let me know your email address, or you can email me and I'll send the pictures! It'll give you a good idea of what it's like!!
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Old Jan 18th, 2006, 05:16 PM
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Can anyone recommend a zip line that is tame compared to sky trek. I am pretty much of a chicken but I still want to experience this adventure. Why?..I'm not sure...Turning 50 might have something to do with it.
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Jayneann, could I see your pics? Thanks!
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Old Jan 19th, 2006, 03:06 PM
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I sent you my pictures using snapfish.com. All you have to do is type in an email address and password. Really simple. Oh yeah, my email address is jayferg7.

Also, I wrote up a report in two parts, first about Manuel Antonio, second part Arenal and the rest of the trip. Might help to figure out the pictures if you read this first. Type in Jayneann and it will pop up. Let me know what you think!
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Old Jan 19th, 2006, 06:13 PM
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Jayneann -- I would also like to see your pictures of Arenal ziplines and Manuel Antonio. We're heading there in May. If you don't mind, could you email them to me at [email protected]

Thanks.

 
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Hi dhuszai,
I sent you the pictures using snapfish.com. All you have to do is register, very easy. Let me know what you think!
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Old Jan 20th, 2006, 03:56 PM
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Jayneann -- I received your email and your pictures are great. It looks like you had a fantastic time. I did want to ask you about some of them. Is it okay with you if I email you through your personal email or would you prefer I do it here?

Thanks.

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Hi Diane,
Definitely email me at [email protected]. Glad you liked the pictures!
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Old Jan 23rd, 2006, 12:41 PM
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I am travelling to CR in early May. What exactly is there to do in Monteverde? I am scare of heights, but really want to experience the Ziplines which i can do in Arenal and volcanos &Hot Springs..etc. I wouldn't want to waste a day in Monte Verde if it's not necessary. Please advise. Thanks
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There is a zip line on the property of the Arenal Paraiso. $45.00. We loved it.
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There are Sky Trek zip lines in both Arenal (near La Fortuna) AND in Monteverde, which is a treacherous 3 hour drive away. We did the Sky Trek zip lines in Monteverde and L-O-V-E-D it! We thought we would be scared out of our boots, but not so. The guides were awesome. The safety measures were extensive. And the cables were a BLAST! I think it was $45 per person. There 11 cables, 6 of which were "baby" cables to get you used to the drill. It was an ideal rush with minimal fear factor ~ if you can believe that. But it's true! The worst part was climbing the stairs to get up to altitude on some of the landings. Don't miss this.
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