One of the most exciting things to do in Costa Rica is to check out the scenery via a zip line! I highly recommend heading to Selvatura Adventure Park in Santa Elena.
From our hotel in Papagayo, it was about a 3 hour drive up to Santa Elena. The route does not look that long, but once you get off the Pan American Highway, some roads are dirt and very steep. Once you are in the cloud forest, you are in a completely different world from the sand and beaches just an hours drive below. Selvatura Adventure Park is partially located in the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, which contains over 26,000 acres of cloud forest. It is a very unique experience on this zipline company than most of the other companies in the area.
The zipline tour is about $50 USD, which is not a bad deal for the 3 hour experience. There are 12 cables and 18 platforms on this tour. One of the cables is 3,280 feet (1 km) long, which at the time of my trip in November of 2015 was the longest zipline in Costa Rica! If you have the time, or are in the Monteverde area, you should check them out!