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Ecoglide Arenal Park: Canopy Tour in La Fortuna

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Zip through the treetops & swing like Tarzan on the slopes of Arenal Volcano with Ecoglide Arenal Park! With the longest & tallest cables in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, find out why it’s the most fun you can have in mid-air!

Ecoglide Arenal Park Canopy Tours

Ecoglide Arenal Park are the best in the business, and their canopy tours are great value for money:

  • Canopy: $50.00
  • Canopy & Tarzan Swing: $75.00

Night canopy, bird watching, walking & hiking tours are also available.

All tours include local transfers, English & Spanish guides & a celebratory drink at the end of the line!

It was one of our highlights of Costa Rica!

* Don’t forget to purchase travel insurance before any trip to Costa Rica. We’ve been using World Nomads for over 10 years – it’s the best-value provider we’ve found & we’ve also never had any issues on the few occasions we’ve had to make a claim.

Beer at Ecoglide

A cold drink is waiting for you at the end of the Canopy Tour!

You can take along your own phone or camera on the Canopy Tour, like we did here at DIY Travel HQ.

However Ecoglide Arenal Park also offers the services of a professional photographer who can capture every moment of your adventure.

Photos (including videos) start at $25.00 for 2 people, plus $5 for every extra person in your group.

Photos at Ecoglide

We took our own camera but going hands free & having professional photos is the best option

Ecoglide Arenal Park Cable School

Once you arrive at Ecoglide Arenal Park, your guides will help you with your equipment.

Step into your belts & cables, put on your glove & cable hand grip, strap on your helmet and you’re all set to go!

Equipment at Ecoglide

Canopy Tour equipment at Ecoglide Arenal Park

The first stop is Cable School! A guide will show you exactly how to zip line.

If you’re a shorty like me, you need to do a small jump to lock into the cable before every line. Your dominant hand (wearing the cable grip) lightly holds on to the cable behind you & your other hand holds on to the rope in front of you.

Pull down on the cable with your dominant hand if you want to stop or slow down. Then just sit back, put your knees up & away you go!

Be sure to watch the guide on the platform ahead of you for any special directions.

Canopy Tour guide

Learn how to zip line at Cable School!

Ecoglide Canopy Tour Truck Ride

The Canopy Tour starts with a ride on the back of a large, open-air safari truck.

It takes you high up into the forest on the slopes of Arenal Volcano, the most active volcano in Costa Rica up till 2010.

Just sit back & enjoy the spectacular views!

Ecoglide Arenal Park truck

The Ecoglide Arenal Park truck takes you high up in the forest to start the Canopy Tour

Ecoglide Arenal Park Canopy Course

The Canopy Tour at Ecoglide Arenal Park features 13 cables & 15 platforms – it’s divided into 3 sections including an optional Tarzan Swing, which we’d definitely recommend.

It’s a great course, because it starts off with shorter zip lines, which gradually become longer & longer – the first cable is 25m & the 13th is 430m long! All this happens around 25m high above the ground, it really is an exhilarating experience!

Ecoglide zip line map

Map of the Ecoglide Arenal Park Canopy Tour course

We’ve taken canopy tours in Mexico & Thailand before but those were years ago. Zip lining on the first few lines was a little scary but once we got the hang of it, we were able to relax & take in the gorgeous mountain scenery.

It’s one of the closest experiences you’ll get to flying & the feeling is unbelievable 🙂

Canopy Tour

Zip lining with Ecoglide Arenal Park is so much fun!

Ecoglide Arenal Park Tarzan Swing

If you’re taking the Canopy Tour at Ecoglide Arenal Park, jump to it & go for the Tarzan Swing too! The Tarzan Swing is a free jump from a 38m high platform, on a long pendulum-like swing – yikes!

But don’t worry, the guides will double & triple hook you onto the rope – all you have to do is make the final leap… that’s the hardest part & I was pretty scared. I think the guide may have given me a little helping hand 🙂

Tarzan Swing Ecoglide

The Tarzan Swing awaits you!

The first couple of swings were terrifying but then the pace slows down – I kinda wanted to do it again!

This is your chance to check-off a top bucket list adventure, so grab it with both hands & swing to it! Don’t forget to let your best Tarzan call ring through the forest! 🙂

Check out our Youtube video of my Tarzan Swing!

Safety at Ecoglide Arenal Park

Whether you’re a newbie or a pro at zip lining, it’s only natural to feel a bit nervous, especially at the start.

But safety is the #1 priority at Ecoglide Arenal Park. The zip lines are made of double cables & double pulleys along the entire course and there are emergency brakes on each platform.

Ecoglide Canopy Zip Line

Safety is the #1 priority at Ecoglide, with double cables & pulleys

There’s no pressure or rush to complete each cable but there’s nothing to fear. You’re securely attached to the cables at all times & the guides are fantastic, there to help you each step of the way.

We felt completely confident in their hands & trusting them with our lives – and look, we survived to tell the tale here at DIY Travel HQ! So what are you waiting for… start planning your Costa Rica adventures now!

Guide at Ecoglide La Fortuna

Safety first with friendly guides at Ecoglide Arenal Park

In a Nutshell

Address: Route 142La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

Price: Canopy Tour $50.00, Canopy Tour & Tarzan Swing $75.00


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Zip through the treetops & swing like Tarzan on the slopes of Arenal Volcano with Ecoglide Arenal Park! They’re the best in the business and their canopy tours are great value for money – you’ve got to do the Tarzan swing too! With the longest & tallest cables in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, find out why zip lining with Ecoglide Arenal Park is the most fun you can have in mid-air!


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*** The Final Word: The Canopy Tour & Tarzan Swing at Ecoglide Arenal Park is a fun for all ages! ***  

Have you tried zip lining in Costa Rica or anywhere else in the world?

* We received a complimentary Canopy Tour & Tarzan Swing, thank you to Ecoglide Arenal Park for hosting us. We only recommend fun, value for money activities & experiences that we believe our readers would enjoy. As always, all opinions are our own.

Visited in January 2017



  1. This looks so incredibly fun! It’s definitely something I would like to do when I finally make it to Costa Rica! I can’t believe it only costs $50!

    1. Author

      Costa Rica is definitely the place to go zip lining as they have some of the best courses in the world. For many tourists, that is a big draw for visiting the country besides seeing sloths in nature. We loved our Ecoglide tour for the number & variety of zip lines in addition to the views from the slopes of Volcano Arenal.

  2. We LOVE zip lining and have done it a couple of times in California. It’s nice that the guides here took such good care and safety was a priority. It’s a bit difficult to let yourself free at first but it’s such an exhilarating experience. You have to make sure you look down and enjoy the scenery too! 🙂

    1. Author

      We are glad safety was a high priority for Ecoglide so you can just enjoy the experience of zip lining. We didn’t have to look down…just out as we were cruising down the side of Volcano Arenal!

  3. This looks like so much fun! I’d love to go zip-lining when the chance comes up. Not so sure about that Tarzan swing though ?

    1. Author

      You have to do the Tarzan swing & give your best holler! We really enjoyed the zip lines, but loved the feeling of free falling for just a second before swinging out over the volcano slope. At Ecoglide, I believe you can add it on after seeing someone go & pay when you return.

  4. i m a big lover of adventure sports. this place looks perfect for me and every adventure lover. Everything on a great price as well.

    1. Author

      I did another zip line in Mexico & Sheena in Thailand, but we felt Ecoglide blew them away for the course design. Adventure lovers will enjoy the Tarzan swing for a different sensation in the middle of the zip lines.

  5. Pura Vida! Ziplining in Costa Rica was the highlight of our last visit there. Next time we’re in La Fortuna, we’ll check out Ecoglide. They have better prices than the place we used.

    1. Author

      Pura Vida! We have heard so many people say the same thing about zip lining during their trips in Costa Rica. It has to be the #1 thing to do in the country! La Fortuna really is Disney for adults with so many activities it will make your mind pop.

  6. Ooh I tried Ziplining in Ecuador and loved it! I’ll be heading to Costa Rica later this year so I’ve pinned this to remember and find it again later. Can’t wait!!

  7. It looks so much fun and adventurous. Zip lining is a personal favourite. Always look for opportunities to indulge in this sport.

  8. Me Tarzan, You Jane? This adventure is like going back in time, replaying a movie and starring in it. How long does it take to to all the ziplines and do people usually do all of them?

    1. Author

      It took us an hour to do the 14 zip lines & Tarzan swing, but that’s because it was only us at that time. Most groups probably take 2 hours, & the only time you touch the ground is the break for Tarzan & then at the end! Can you do a good Tarzan holler?

  9. Canopy tours are SO much fun! I’ve done a couple in my day and I’d go again and again without getting tired of it. This one looks awesome!

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