Falling into the Rainforest: Costa Rica

     When you tell most people that you went to Costa Rica, they picture beaches and rain forests. Adventures filled with exotic animals like monkeys and sloths. During a trip to Costa Rica we had everything mentioned above, plus some of the best zip lining, whitewater rafting, and crocodile tour. Although it was not allowed by the tour company, we did find a way to spend only $60 to bungee jump, 435 feet above the rain forest, from a cable car. I always thought bungee jumping would be more expensive, but apparently jumping from a cable car above he rain forest with a bungee rope around your ankles is a relatively inexpensive adventure if you are already in the companies zip-line tour. Read about our trip to Costa Rica by clicking here

     So off we went, after a little fuss from the tour company, and a warning that our insurance wouldn't cover us. Yet there was about half the tour lined up to jump. The highest bungee in Latin America, and the craziest thing I have done so far. We all paid our $60 plus the extra for the video of the jump. 

     I remember standing there as the first cart full of us slid out on the cables, seeing the rope drop and then seeing someone free falling until the rope snapped them back up almost to the height of the car. Eventually it was my turn, the second to last to go, and the first to use the bigger cable for the day, I guess I'm a good crash test dummy in case anything went wrong.

As you slide out into the canyon, everything seems to slow down. The Velcro goes around your ankle and the safety rope gets attached to your harness, just some rope in case anything snapped. I knew I didn't trust it. The guides give you a briefing and tell you how to jump, they keep saying don't think about it and it will be great. 

     It's finally your turn to stand up on the edge, be un-clipped from the safety cord keeping you in the basket, and then you hear the words, three, two, one, bungee and you jump. After what feels like ten minutes you wonder if the rope is ever going to catch you and bring you flying back up like you saw happen to the others, and then it happens, you go up, and down, and up and down. Finally you see the other rope they use to pull you up and you catch it, and hook it onto your harness, it's time to go back to the basket. 

     Unless you're me. If you're me, the "get pulled back up" rope gets wrapped around your ankles so the guides can't pull you up. Instead they have to spin you and bounce you to get he rope to come off your ankles. Even after all this you get to take in the views, and now you have a story to tell everyone you meet, and there's a video of it too. 

Bungee jumping in Costa Rica while on a trip with EF College Break (12/13/14)

Joseph Hallgren

Boston, MA

Full time student, adrenaline junkie, and traveller.