women in travel
Canadian Travel Press
Issue Date: Jun 25, 2018
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Experience an uplifting drop in Costa Rica

Costa Rica imageIAN STALKER

Nelvin Duarte and Mariam Romero note their employer can provide guests with an up-and-down experience.

Duarte and Romero work with Pure Trek, which says that its half-day canyoning experience offers those visiting the Arenal area of Costa Rica the “ultimate waterfall rappel,” with participants rappelling down one rock wall and three waterfalls, and also undertaking the “Monkey Drop” – which features a rappel and a zip-line.

One rappel sees Pure Trek’s clients descend some 50 metres.

A rock climb is also provided to the adventurous clients.

But are lengthy descents suited for all?

Just about, says Duarte, who concedes that many clients are initially nervous.

“95% of these people have no rappelling experience,” he says, adding Pure Trek allows people as young as five to go waterfall rappelling and “then you go 90 to 100” years of age.

Participants – who sport helmets while rappelling – hike from one rappel to another on trails that work their way through rain forest.

The experience lasts around four hours.

Rappelling can be combined with a host of other activities, including a volcano hike, ATV adventure, a tropical cooking class, and mountain biking.

Pure Trek cautions participants that they will get wet waterfall rappelling, something Romero says intrepid sorts should simply shrug off.

“Water doesn’t matter for adventurous people,” she says. “If you like adventure, you must like water.”