Our guests traverse from tree to tree and platform to platform using pulleys on horizontal traverse cables, as they sail through the treetops of the tropical rainforest canopy, and over the trails far below. Expert guides assist you in this exciting journey through the different layers of the virgin rain forests and explain what's going on around you, from the time you leave the ground, until you rappel back down to the forest floor.

THE Original CANOPY TOUR® is a new adventure sport, invented (patent pending ) and developed in Costa Rica by our founder Darren Rennick. By modifying techniques and equipment originally used by spelunkers (cavers) and canyon rappelers,  The canopy tour offers any adventurous tourist the opportunity to ascend into the forest canopy and see jungle life from a perspective available previously to only a select few researchers and photographers.

THE CANOPY TOUR® Research Team is owned and operated by two Canadians, Darren Rennick, and Rick Graham. Our main objective is to provide tourists a unique activity and ecological experience while, at the same time, helping to aid in the preservation of the worlds endangered rain forests through direct financial support to conservation, education and reforestation efforts. We also do other neat stuff like buy Montverde an ambulance.

This tour is specifically recommended by the President of the World Ecological Society
And look for us on National Geographic Explorer in fall of 1998


When we did the Costa Rica episode of  Travelers on the Discovery Channel last June, La Nacion, this country's biggest newspaper, interviewed the stars Barbara Alvarez and Lisa Clark who said it was " The Best thing they did in Costa Rica." Or as La Nacion put it "Sin duda, el Canopy Tour fue lo mejor. Para nosotros fue un reto; no estamos acostumbrados a este tipo de escenarios y fue realmente difícil cargar la cámara"

"The idea behind THE CANOPY TOUR® is to...use the excitement people feel from being up above to generate enthusiasm for protecting the environment."
Abby Daniell, Tico Times. Dec 2, 1994

"Every time someone goes up there for the first time, you can just see the excitement."
Mike Tunison, Costa Rica Today. April 14, 1994

The Original Canopy Tour in San Mateo
This brand new location is perfectly situated near the town of San Mateo, which is on the main road to the beaches of Jaco and Manuel Antonio, about 1 1/2 hour from San Jose or 1 hour from Jaco. The Original Canopy Tour is 7.5 km from Esparza in the Mahogany Park; this area has been protected since the early 1900's when land owners set most of it aside as a private reserve. The Canopy Tour is located in the primary jungle area only a 10 min walk from here. The climate in this area is very warm and usually humid. This is a tropical transition forest between the dry lowland forest of the north and the wet rainforest of the south and therefore rich in bio-diversity. Due to hot climate, clients are recommended to wear shorts and a t-shirt and to bring a change of clothing, as they will get sweaty or wet from the rain.

The tour consists of 10 platforms, 7 horizontal traverses and a rappel. The tour starts on a hill top where the first platform (or diving board as we called it) is located. From there you traverse to the second and third platforms in an "espavel" tree, which is a member of the cashew family. You will rappel or be belayed (a term for a professional lowering technique) down to the third platform where the journey will continue to the other platforms. The Canopy Tour follows a small stream and wildlife sightings are very common in this area. Often  we can see white-faced capuchin and howler monkeys from the platforms. There are also many varieties of  birds in this zone and this is one of the areas where there are still endangered mahogany trees in abundance. The last traverse goes to a ground platform at the edge of the valley. The more adventurous person can try a 21 meter rappel down to the edge of the stream instead of the final traverse.

There are restroom facilities but no restaurant here. We recommend you bring insect repellant, water, a camera and binoculars. The tour lasts 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Tour times: 8am, 10am, 1pm, & 3pm -Daily


WALK-IN RATES Until Dec 31 /08
Adult $45
Student (13 to 17 years old and University students with valid ID.) $35
Child (Between 5 and 12 years old) $25


2 pax 3 pax 4 pax 5-6 pax
From San José $111 $105 $92 $86
From Puntarenas $111 $105 $92 $86
From Jacó $124 $111 $98 $86
Pick up in Jacó or Puntarenas and drop off in San José or vice versa $156 $148 $136 $123

Tour times in Mahogany Park 8:00 am, 10:00 am, 12:00 md, 2:30 pm.


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