I do not like heights. At all. Period. End of story. So rappelling down waterfalls that are over 90 feet should be right up my alley! Right?
We set up the tour ourselves with Costa Rica Waterfall Tours located near Jaco Beach, Costa Rica. Well, Michael set it up and I complained about being scared. But, he reminded me that traveling is about trying new things. I just love it when he uses my own words against me!
Thankfully, the tour started with a lesson in safety and technique. The guides did a great job at trying to squelch my apprehensions – at least the tried – with their safety information and brief introduction. Then, we were off. The twenty minute hike through the forest was an excellent distraction. We found leaf cutter ants, a huge termite nest and even two small poison dart frogs!
When we reached the top and our first rappell, which also included a 20 foot “free fall,” I couldn’t bring myself to go first. I happily let Mike go first. Better him than me. (Did I just say that?!)
This might be a great place to mention that the top notch gear is from the American company Black Diamond.
Four waterfalls later and I was nothing but smiles. I think my smile started first as relief, but changed into actual enjoyment. There is something soothing, yet invigorating, about the rush of the air on your back as you descend the face of a mountains with the chilly water splashing and rushing by you. I mean, I still had flashes of my body plummeting down to the … nevermind.
As a bonus there are two (very long) zip lines following the rappels. I mean, seriously, who wants to simply walk down a mountain when you’ve just finished the adrenaline-pumping rappelling? It was a really fun way to descend the mountain and end the tour!
This is an example of Michael pushing me and helping me face my fear of heights. I highly recommend rappelling when you have the opportunity. I am still here to tell you that I actually had a blast! I suggest you bring a positive attitude and a smile – because you’re going to leave with one anyway! Oh! And don’t forget your water shoes, waterproof camera and a bathing suit, or quick drying clothing.