Yesterday, we purchased tickets at Desafio Adventure Company for the Lost Canyon. The cost was one hundred and thirty USD including transportation, equipment, and lunch. Only having a pair of sneakers and flip flops, we each purchased a pair of water shoes to wear canyoneering for ten USD.
As we leave the city behind, the winding, dirt, mountain roads become less developed, requiring a transfer to a diesel off-road vehicle, or jungle limo. Encountering unexpected road repairs along our route, we hike uphill along the dusty trail to another vehicle taking us the remaining distance.
Forty minutes later, we arrive at Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering Operations Center. Canyoneering is a combination of waterfall rappelling, zip lining, pool jumping, and hiking through the canyon and rain forest. Being warned we will be fully submerged in water, all of our belongings are left in a locker except for our disposable underwater camera. After demonstrations and being outfitted with gloves, helmets, and a harness, we are ready for our adventure to begin.
In a single file line, we follow a narrow path into the forest. Quickly, our hike includes climbing and maneuvering over roots, rocks, and small saplings. As the trees become more dense, we encounter our first rappel down a ten foot waterfall.
We continuing to hike, splashing through the canyon, to our second rappel down the second largest waterfall into a free fall zip line down the canyon. Finding footholds as we climb down the boulders, we are instructed to sit within the rocky crevice.
Above us, a guide lays down across the small opening of the stream blocking the flow of water. Once the pool of water becomes more than he can restrain, a whistle blows, and a rush of frigid spring water engulfs us. As we continuing hiking to the grand finale, a two hundred foot waterfall rappel, we hear the screams of our group members behind us as the man made dam is released.
After our final rappel, we begin climbing out of the canyon. Small waterfalls emerge from moss covered rocks. The sun peeks through the dense forest attempting to warm small pools of water. Red ants scurry along branches and leaves on forest floor. The air becomes warmer as we follow the stairs out of the ravine.
Emerging from the forest, we reach the operation center where a mother and baby sloth are napping in a nearby a tree. After changing into dry clothes, we snack on fresh watermelon and pineapple while viewing photos taken during our adventure. Gathering our belongings, we ride to an open air buffet of local food for lunch.
* For more information on our tour check out: G Adventures Costa Rica on a Shoestring.
- Day 1: Fly into San José
- Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
- Day 3: La Fortuna
- Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
- Day 5: Montezuma
- Day 6: Montezuma
- Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
- Day 8: Fly out of San José