The Top 3 Most Adventurous Tours at Monteverde Extremo Park
Top 3 Most Adventurous Tours at Monteverde Extremo Park
The Monteverde Extremo Park is one of the most incredible adventure parks in Monteverde, Costa Rica. This place is tucked away on the outskirts of Monteverde, surrounded by beautiful nature, and features the most adventurous, craziest tours in Costa Rica.
This post will discuss the top three most adventurous tours found at Monteverde Extremo Park. From how long it takes to how challenging each activity is and whether or not you should try one or more of these experiences during your visit to Monteverde, Costa Rica.
I’ll share the pros and cons of these activities so you can have an objective perspective from someone who lives in Monteverde and has visited Monteverde Extremo Park many times. And I’ll give you the direct links to get your tickets for each tour.
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Here’s a quick summary of the article:
Top 3 Most Adventurous Tours at Monteverde Extremo Park:
- Monteverde Extremo Zipline
- Extremo Park Monteverde Bungee
- Monteverde Extremo Tarzan Swing
The Top 3 Most Adventurous Tours at Monteverde Extremo Park include the Monteverde Extremo Zipline, the Extremo Park Monteverde Bungee, and the Monteverde Extremo Swing. The Monteverde Extremo Zipline entails a two-hour ziplining course, while the Extremo Bungee and the Extremo Swing are one-off jumps.
In the following sections, I will discuss each in greater detail to help you determine if you will find what you’re looking for in any of these activities, the top three most adventurous things to do at Monteverde Extremo Park in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
1. Monteverde Extremo Zipline at Monteverde Extremo Park
The Monteverde Extremo Zipline at Monteverde Extremo Park combines 16 zip lines in a 2-hour course with a Tarzan swing and a Rappel drop. Even though the first four zip lines are not impressive, the reminder 12 zip lines are super fun and thrilling, especially the two Superman-style zip lines, one of which goes underneath a mountain through a tunnel, a unique zip line in its kind, and the only one in Costa Rica that goes through a tunnel.
You start the course at the Monteverde Extremo Park Reception, where you must show your reservation to check in (the park does not allow for walk-ins without a reservation). Once you check-in, the staff puts you in a group led by a few tour guides who will speak fluent (not perfect) English and Spanish. Your tour guides will then give you the equipment required for the tour, including the harness connecting you to the zip lines, a helmet, and leather gloves.
While the helmet would not be enough to protect you from falling from a zip line, the good news is that an accident of this magnitude has not happened in decades. Nonetheless, they still require you to wear a helmet to ensure your head never touches the zip line, which, at speed, could cause minor but significant injuries such as burns or concussions.
On the other hand, they give you leather gloves so you can use them to apply force to slow down as you reach the end of each zip line. Doing this is pretty simple. All you have to do is to put your strong hand above the zip line, behind the pulley, and use your body weight to hang on the zip line, which will slow you down. Your tour guide will show you this process during the introduction talk after they give you the equipment.
After you have your equipment and the introduction is over your group, which can be between eight and fifteen people, will go on to start the Monteverde Extremo Zipline tour with the first four zip lines, which are relatively short. These four zip lines are great for practicing the breaking motion explained above using your leather gloves.
Then, you will gradually move on to longer, higher, and faster zip lines. That’s when the real adventure begins, and you get the thrills you were looking for when you signed up for the Monteverde Extremo Zipline tour.
Towards the end of the course, after the Tarzan swing, you will experience the underground Superman-style zip line, a zip line that goes through a tunnel underneath a small hill. It’s called “Superman” because they connect the back of your harness to the zip line and add a harness around your calves, so you end up upside down, with your arms free, in a Superman-like fashion.
Even though this first Superman zip line is relatively short, with a 190-meter (625-feet) distance, going underground on a zip line feels fantastic. Besides, this more concise version of the Superman zip line prepares you for the Big Superman zip line, which is more than five times longer with a distance of 1,030 meters (3,380 feet).
After completing the Big Superman zip line, you will return to reception. Throughout the course, photographers will shoot pictures of everyone along the way. And once you return to the main building, you can see and buy a package of those pictures for about $20. They will not let you use your cell phone while ziplining for safety reasons. Thus, buying photographs can be a great way to keep records of your adventure and share the memories with your loved ones back home.
Having done this trip and many other ziplining tours around Costa Rica, I highly recommend the Monteverde Extremo Zipline tour to those looking for the most extreme ziplining course in the country. And even though they allow kids as young as eight, I would not recommend this tour to anyone below twelve. There are other, less adventurous ziplining tours for kids in the Monteverde area, which would be more appropriate for little ones.
However, if you’re above twelve and looking for the most thrilling ziplining course in Costa Rica, I recommend the Monteverde Extremo Zipline tour. The rates for this activity go from $30 to $50 + tax per person, depending on the age.
2. Extremo Bungee Jump at Monteverde Extremo Park
Located on a platform suspended across a stunning canyon 143 meters (469 feet) high above ground level, the Extremo Bungee Jump at Monteverde Extremo Park officially ranks Costa Rica’s highest bungee cord jump.
Even though the Monteverde Extremo Jump is a relatively short experience, it’s undoubtedly the most horrifying, adrenaline-filled thing to do in the country.
You start at Monteverde Extremo Park’s reception, where you will join a small group of people with a couple of tour guides who will give you the required equipment and a safety introduction.
Then, you will go on a tram to the jumping platform suspended across a canyon with fantastic views 360. Then, they will attach your harness to a tensed cord 80 meters long (262 feet).
Once your tour guides safely test your harness, they will count down for you to jump off the platform, where you will arguably experience the ten most horrifying seconds of your life as you reach the bottom, where the cord stretches to its fullest.
While the price tag is among the highest in Monteverde, especially considering how fast time will go by, you rarely hear from someone that it was not worth it. I’ve spoken with the owner at Monteverde Extremo Park about the high price ($80 + tax per person) and had conversations with customers who did it.
Even though they recognize that the tour is expensive, they admit the experience is unforgettable. Thus, they measure the price against the memorable experience rather than measuring it against how long it took -quality over quantity.
I’ve made this trip twice and feel the same way. However, even though they allow kids as young as twelve, I would not recommend it for anyone below fifteen unless they have a strong body. And I certainly don’t recommend it to anyone with heart or back problems as I have heard some people feel an uncomfortable, painful stretch on their limbs or back.
I’ve also done bungee jumping in other areas of Costa Rica, such as in Naranjo, and none came close to what I experienced at Monteverde Extremo Park. Bungee jumping here is at another level.
I recommend the Extremo Bungee Jump in Monteverde Extremo Park to those looking for the craziest, most adrenaline-filled thing to do in Costa Rica.
3. Extremo Mega Swing at Monteverde Extremo Park
The Extremo Mega Swing is the scariest in Costa Rica. It’s much larger than the other Tarzan swings you may find around the country, with a platform 143 meters (470 feet) above the ground and a 90-meter (295-foot) long cord.
Similarly to the Extremo bungee jumping experience, the Extremo Mega Swing is a quick activity that lasts less than a minute. However, the memory will remain for a very long time.
Some people claim that the Mega Swing feels worse than the Bungee Jump, and I agree. While the bungee jump is pretty straightforward, the Mega Swing feels worse as you swing in a pendulum motion.
Kids eight and above can go on the Mega Swing, but I am not sure I would recommend it to anyone younger than ten because the feeling is so horrific that I am unsure how little ones would cope. I’m personally not planning on taking my daughter, who is ten, to the Mega Swing any time soon. She’s been to several Tarzan swings around the country with me, but none compares to the Extremo Mega Swing.
I recommend the Extremo Mega Swing to those who’ve tried Tarzan swings and felt they wanted something more extreme. The rate for this activity is $44 + tax per person for ages eight and above.
Monteverde Extremo Park Reviews
Now that we’ve covered the top activities to do at Monteverde Extremo Park let’s take a birds-eye view of what customers think about Monteverde Extremo Park online by looking at Google and TripAdvisor reviews.
I’ll also add a quick summary so that you can make sense of the data. Reading this section should save you hours of research looking for positive and negative reviews online.
|Extremo Monteverde Reviews
Customer Experience Take-Away Points
Monteverde Extremo Park has over 2,500 online customer reviews with a weighted average score of 4.6 out of five. Less than 10% of the online reviews scored between 1 (bad) and 3 (average), while the vast majority were positive reviews, with 90% scoring between 4 (very good) and 5 (excellent).
Most positive reviews reference how the activities were among the most exciting things customers have experienced, with many customers claiming they had never experienced so much adrenaline, especially concerning bungee jumping.
On the other hand, most negative reviews reference safety concerns, with customers expressing that they felt rushed to get from one ziplining platform to the next.
Monteverde Extremo Park reviews on customer service had mixed feelings between customers perceiving that the tour guides were friendly and helpful and customers (although a vast minority) who felt otherwise.
Frequently Asked Questions
Now that I’ve shared some general context about Monteverde Extremo Park let’s look at some of the most frequent questions about Monteverde Extremo Park.
1. How high is the Monteverde bungee jump?
The Monteverde bungee jump is 143 meters (469 feet) high. It ranks as Costa Rica’s highest bungee jump, letting jumpers pitch off a hanging platform set aside on a stunning canyon with an astonishing 80-meter (262-feet) fall, located at the top of Monteverde Extremo Park in Monteverde, Costa Rica.
2. How Many Ziplines Has Monteverde Extremo Park?
The Monteverde Extremo Park Zipline Tour has sixteen ziplines spread across a two-hour course, including two Superman-style ziplines where you travel upside down in a Superman-like fashion. The first four ziplines are relatively small, while the rest are significantly extended and high above the ground.
The ziplining course includes a Tarzan swing and a Rappelling vertical descent. Even though steep descending is mandatory, as you need to go through it to climb down a tree to go on with the ziplining course, it’s super safe and relatively short and easy. On the other hand, the Tarzan swing can be nerve-racking for some, but it’s not mandatory; you can skip it.
3. When is the Best Time to Visit Monteverde Extremo Park?
The best time to visit Monteverde Extremo Park is from December through April, the summertime in Costa Rica. During these months, the days are mostly sunny with a gentle cool breeze and an average temperature of 22°C (72°F).
The second best time to visit Monteverde Extremo Park is May through August and November when the rain is not so heavy. During these months, tourism is no longer at its peak, meaning you can enjoy the park in a less touristy, more relaxed manner.
On the other hand, September and October are the least recommended months to visit Monteverde Extremo Park. The rainfall during these two months is significantly higher, as are the chances of heavy storms. Furthermore, the ziplines become extra slippery, which is fun because they go much faster than when dried, but they also become potentially dangerous, especially if you lack experience in ziplining.
4. What Should You Wear at Monteverde Extremo Park?
You should wear comfortable clothing and shoes at Monteverde Extremo Park. Your wearable items should include light hiking pants, a breathable base layer, and a pair of hiking shoes with good traction for technical terrain.
And you will want to dress appropriately for the activity you’re doing. For example, if you’re doing the ziplining tour, you will want to wear long pants and sleeveless shirts. And I recommend using bug spray and sun protection, even if the day seems partially clouded.
On the other hand, if you’re doing the Extremo Bungee Jump or the Extremo Mega Swing, you need warm clothing. The platform for these two activities is high above the ground, and the wind hits hard, so it feels cold year-round.
Regardless of your activity, when the weather is colder and rainier (from May through December), you should carry long pants, a light rain jacket or a poncho, and hiking boots with extra grip to gain traction on the slippery terrain. And don’t bring sandals as they will fall off your feet.
5. How Much Does It Cost to Enter Monteverde Extremo Park?
The cost to enter Monteverde Extremo Park depends on the activity you plan to do. While the Monteverde Extremo Zipline tour is $30 for kids and $50 for adults, the price for the Extremo Bungee Jump and the Extremo Mega Swing is the same for kids and adults at $80 and $44 per person, respectively.
The prices do not include taxes or transportation, available from Monteverde and Santa Elena for an additional fee you pay when booking.
How to Make Reservations for Monteverde Extremo Park
Monteverde Extremo Park does not accept walk-ins without reservations, so you must book ahead to secure your spots. Use the following links to see real-time availability and get your tickets:
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