Lost Canyon Adventure in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna

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 $10 USD.

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Views along the drive to canyoneering, La Fortuna

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.

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40 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.

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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 10 foot waterfall.

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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.

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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 200 foot waterfall rappel, we hear the screams of our group members behind us as the man made dam is released.

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Our final rappel (right) 

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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.

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Mother and baby sloth outside Lost Canyon Canyoneering Operations Center

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.

  1. Day 1: Fly into San José
  2. Day 2: San José travel to La Fortuna
  3. Day 3: La Fortuna
  4. Day 4: La Fortuna travel to Montezuma
  5. Day 5: Montezuma
  6. Day 6: Montezuma
  7. Day 7: Montezuma travel to San José
  8. Day 8: Fly out of San José

April 2018


Author: The Traveling Gingerbread

My fiancé, Mitch, and I have been traveling together over four years. Living and working full-time in Pittsburgh, PA, we travel as much as our vacation days and finances allow. We cram each adventure with activities, tours, and experiences to maximize our time. Any time we travel, we try to visit to a local brewery and can't walk by an Irish pub without stopping in for a pint of Guinness. 
 In Tokyo, we laughed every time we saw someone talking on their large, animated phone case. We had to buy one. Having an obsolete IPhone 5, the selection was limited. We purchased a gingerbread off a neglected rack in Shinjuku, Tokyo and The Traveling Gingerbread was born. You can purchase your own adorable gingerbread friend here! The Traveling Gingerbread is an entertaining account of our travels, fun facts, and tips we learned along the way.

4 thoughts

    1. It would be a great choice for a beginner hiker. The hike in and out of the canyon involved a lot of stairs. There were some boulders to climb over and a lot of narrow dirt paths along the water, but not too challenging. The guides were very hands on. The repels gradually got longer so we had time to feel comfortable. Thanks for reading. 🙂

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