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Canyoneering Lost Canyon Adventures

A tour through a canyon with waterfalls promises swift adventure and we won’t be disappointed. Water is our permanent companion on this tour: rappelling over the waterfall, jumping into and running through water up to our bellybuttons. This style of engaging the wet element is called “Canyoneering”. On the west side of the Arenal, we track through the “Lost Canyon” in dense rain forest. The guide of Desafio Adventure Company binds us with a secure climbing harness on a cable and lowers us down a few meters over the first small waterfall. None of us stay dry here, but it’s really muggy in the jungle and we’re appreciative of the refreshment. Over stones and through small gullies, we wade and jump through the chilly wetness. Walls clad with dense greenery are on the left and right. The canyon’s name now truly resonates within me because one can really feel lost here, especially where the river suddenly disappears into the depth of the canyon. We cautiously remain standing on

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the edge, looking down, dizzy. Should we go down there? The guide stands 50 meters lower and gives the signal. Quite carefully, I cling to the cable and at first slowly slide, timidly sinking downward, but then I feel a rush of confidence and let myself zoom down. With a specific metal ring called an “Eight” due to its shape, I can control my rappelling tempo. There’s much, much air whirling around the soles of my feet. How’s that for a feeling of flying through the rain forest, rappelling with my feet in the waterfall, having dense greenery around me?! Now, I’m back on the ground again but, it’s still not over; further surprises follow. We take a small jump into the water basin and shower under a mini waterfall. Afterwards, we rappel down over another small waterfall and we water pros can’t be shaken anymore – until we reach a platform. With bated breath, I go to the edge. It goes 70 meters down. Who doesn’t get queasy here? As soon as I hang on the cable in the air, all my fears are gone. I again enjoy the nature all

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