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Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica!


Bungee jumping in Costa Rica - what an exhilarating experience.

A friend Victor and I paid a visit to Tropical Bungee not too long ago. Located in Naranjo - 40 minute drive outside of San Jose... it's one of the most popular spots to take the leap, in all of Central America.

And first glimpse from the bridge - it's all too easy to see why...

Towering 265 feet (80 meters) above the Old Colorado River, the rainforest canopy flanking either side...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica
Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica... Did This Really Happen?

...it's a scene that just SCREAMS... This is Costa Rica!

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Platform
The Jump Starts Here.

Yet as beautiful as the scenery is, it very quickly becomes secondary...

...secondary to the creeping adrenaline...

...slowly building up as you actualize just what it is you're about to do...

You are about to jump off a bridge!

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This is Tropical Bungee

So it was - another adventure here on the Rich Coast... our journey to Tropical Bungee had begun!

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Jacqueline
Jacqueline of Tropical Bungee

And getting there is easy - it's just a 40 minute drive from San Jose.

Of course - if you don't have your own transpiration - be sure to let the crew know ahead of time.

They'll arrange for a shuttle to pick you up in San Jose, or even directly from the SJO Airport in Alajuela.

Departures are at 8:00am and 1:00pm.

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First arriving at the office, we met up with Jacqueline... happy to answer some questions.

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Tropical Bungee
Since 1991.

Being a first-time jumper, it was assuring to hear the company - since its inception in 1991...

...has seen over 40,000 jumps - not one single incident.

Approved by NABA - the North American Bungee Association - all equipment is imported... every precaution taken - ensuring safety, every jump of the way.

It was also interesting to learn - but not a surprise, given the immense beauty of the surroundings...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Roberto and Alejandro
Roberto and Alejandro

Companies like Delta, McDonald's, Levi's Jeans - and others...

...have all made visits to Tropical Bungee, obtaining unique footage for commercials and television programs.

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After signing a waiver, and paying the $75 fee (which includes a certificate, t-shirt, and DVD of your jump!)... next it was off to the Old Colorado Bridge - ready to meet up with Tropical Bungee instructors - Roberto and Alejandro.

Onwards - to a first-time-ever, bungee jumping experience!




Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica

Not even a minute's drive from the main office - we arrived at the Old Colorado Bridge - greeted by bungee jumping instructors - Alberto and Alejandro...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Staff
Roberto: Bungee Jumping 101

...each having experienced over 150 jumps.

Patient and professional - going into great detail - all the ins and outs for a safe and enjoyable first-time bungee jump...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Looking Down
First Look Down... Yikes!

...they had good senses of humor as well.

And this was a good thing.

Helped to take the edge off this whole jumping off a bridge thing... :-|

Well... after a thorough explanation about what to know, do and expect on this first-time-ever bungee jumping experience, the time had finally come.

Ankle wraps secure.

Waist harness in place.

And Bungee cord attached.

Next - it was baby steps...

Out to the end of a bright yellow platform - again, some 265 feet up - there was nowhere to go...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Bar
Looking Down...

But down!

Over to the right... Victor ready and waiting in the distance...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Victor
Victor - Filming from Afar...

To the left, Alejandro all set - video camera in hand...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Video
Everything is Full Go...

And finally - the countdown!

5, 4, 3, 2...           1

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Jump
Jump!

And so it began...

Plummeting straight down towards the river - you see nothing but green...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Canopy
Beautiful Scenery - Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica

But it's not for long.

Soon enough - the bungee cord reaches its maximum length - springing you back - up - and away...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Upside Down
Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica -- Bouncing Through the Air...

And then - you bounce... back and forth - either sides of the bridge...

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After dangling there for a while - upside down - next comes the caribineer, attached to the end of a rope - lowered down by a winch...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Caribiner
Grab the Rope - Fasten the Caribineer to Your Harness

Then - once everything's secure...

It's arms stretched out, letting Alejandro know up top - it's OK to activate the winch...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Up
Alejandro - Waiting High Up on the Platform...

...yet another part of the ride - this time - straight up to the bridge.

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So how to describe all this?

Surreal.

Back on the platform - adrenaline pumping like crazy...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Hands
Just as Advertised - 100% Pure Adrenaline!

Stopping your hands from shaking? Impossible.




Moments after this first-time-ever bungee jumping experience... both Alejandro and Roberto mentioned the idea of a second jump.

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Addict Club
Tropical Bungee Addict Club

Actually - Jacqueline had mentioned earlier...

Tropical Bungee offers something called the Addict Club - a membership to anyone taking a second jump...

...within one week from their first.

The card gives you discounts on all future jumps - so long as you bring someone else along for the ride.

And for sure... a second jump sounded fun - only this time...

Backwards!

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Getting ready for Round 2 - Roberto explained how a backwards jump is actually a much different experience...

Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica Second Jump
Turning Around on the Platform - Preparing for a Backwards Bungee Jump...

The key, as he went on...

...is to keep your arms stretched out completely. Then, slowly leaning back - at about the 45 degree angle mark - it's a strong push outward... knees springing you out and away from the platform...

Here it is... bungee jumping in Costa Rica - in video!

TICR Videos - Bungee Jumping in Costa Rica

Absolutely incredible.

And just as was expected... different from the first jump - a toss up between more fun, and just flat out scarier!




So what do you think... will bungee jumping in Costa Rica be on your itinerary?

Definitely go with Tropical Bungee in Naranjo. What an experience.

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Well, as always... be sure to stay connected for more exciting things to come here at ThisisCostaRica.com.

Til next time!