Canopy Tours have become exceedingly popular in Costa Rica as they provide the tourists with a unique perspective when visiting the cloud and rain forests. The canopy is where most animals live and where you will find most of the flora and the fauna of the rainforest. Along the ground, which receives a lot less light, is usually quite dark and less plants and animals are found there.
Rainforests are the treasures of planet Earth. Who has not felt mystified when exploring the magical and mysterious jungle. This is the home to so many mammals, amphibians, reptiles, birds, insects, trees and plants. Sadly, throughout the world, many forests are being destroyed to make room for agriculture or for the timber itself. In Costa Rica, the cloud and rainforest are now protected. Most of these areas are found in National Parks or Nature Reserves.
Interestingly, the invention of the zip line canopy tour has nothing to do with tourism. Some scientists were concerned that while studying the plants and animals living in the canopy they might cause some damage and so they came up with the zip lines. It permitted them to come close to everything but without actually touching it. Soon zip line canopy tour operators started to adapt them for tourism and it immediately caught on.
The equipment used in this country is top notch and extremely secure. Just make sure you deal with a reputable company. They use mountaineering gear similar to what climbers use to go up the mountaintops. The professional trained staff of these tour companies will personally take care of you and make sure that you are securely fastened in your harness. You should have two straps which the first one is for the ride and the other one is for backup.
Nowadays there are many companies offering a variety of canopy tours, zip lines and suspended bridge tours usually within the rainforest. Vacation villa rentals have also grown to offer these types of activities as well. This is without a doubt the best way to get rewarded with stunning panoramic views amongst birds, monkey, close to many of exotic animals and plants that you would never see you should be hiking.
While zip line canopy tours are not a vigorous activity, they are physical and not for the faint hearted. You will find yourself suspended on a cable some 20 to 30 meters above the ground. Indeed those suffering from vertigo will find that standing on the narrow platforms is actually the hardest part. There is no doubt that it is however a rewarding experience well worth the effort.