Witches Rock Canopy Tour – Costa Rica

Costa Rica’s Guanacaste region is definitely one of the most popular provinces in the country in terms of tourism. The region offers not only a gorgeous coastline, but also a collection of imposing volcanoes, bountiful wildlife, grand mountain ranges, tropical rainforests and rich culture.

If you like thrill and adventure, then one Guanacaste attraction that would be perfect to experience is the Witch’s Rock Canopy. As expected, the site provides an exciting zip line canopy tour to its guests. The tour involves moving between a total 24 platforms perched high above the forest floor. These platforms are connected by 11 cables, which you will be gliding through to get to the next platform. This ultimate adventure also requires you to cross hanging bridges and climb several trees!


Inching off a 10-foot high platform can understandably be scary in the first few minutes. But all you need to do is relax and enjoy the moment. You will eventually conquer your fear and hesitation and will feel more comfortable zipping through treetops. While gliding, you will be treated to unparalleled views of the dry forest, waterfalls, the shimmering sea and the sunset. The waterfall, in particular, is best seen during the rainy season, when a larger and more consistent amount of water cascades through it.

Witch’s Rock Canopy can be quite challenging and scary for some people, who originally thought that it is just one of the normal tourist attractions. Just in case you become one of those rare visitors who don’t feel like finishing it, you’re free to stop and go out through one of the five exits located along the tour route. Take note that this canopy adventure lasts for approximately one and half hours. Aside from the original zip line tour, Witch’s Rock also came up with another one-hour zip-line and rappelling tour, especially designed for children and older adults, who cannot do the original bigger scale more demanding tour.

The Witch’s Canopy Tour management can provide transport to guests coming from various nearby spots like Liberia, Playas del Coco and Playa Hermosa. You may also reach the site on your own. Luckily, the canopy is close to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport – just before the Allegro Papagayo Resort.


Before taking on this canopy tour, take note that you will need to be in good physical condition. You will also be provided with safety gear and receive a short training on ensuring safety while completing the tour. Signing up for the tour gives you the opportunity to be assisted with a guide, who will also give you an overview of the dry forests including the flora and fauna inhabiting it.

The zip line canopy tour may be the center activity at the Witch’s Rock property, but it is not the only one. They also offer horseback riding on Costa Rican Criollo horses that highlight the beauty of the luscious environment and the presence of varied forest animals such as wild pigs, iguanas, deer and monkeys. Another heart-pumping attraction that may interest you is Wild Bill’s ATV Off-road Tour, hailed as one of the best in the region.

Spending most of the day zipping from one tree or another may very well make you hungry. Fortunately, Witch’s Rock has a dedicated coffee shop that serves snacks and beverages. The best part of this shop is definitely the balcony, which overlooks a beautiful forest scenery. When the trip is coming to end, and you realize you want a token to remember Witch’s Rock and the thrilling canopy experience, just drop by the site’s lovely souvenir shop. The items sold here are made by artisans from Costa Rica.

About Author:

Arie Boris has extensive travel industry experience, including business and sales development for commercial aviation, the International emergency assistance & travel insurance industry and a national association of travel agents. He was a contributing editor to several print and Internet travel publications, including Fieldings’ Worldwide Cruise Guide and was part of the start up team for CruiseCritic. He has written over 400 cruise ship reviews. Arie also produces and hosts Cruise Gourmet Voyages, a variety of fundraising & theme group cruises for various charitable and arts organizations. He has produced theme cruises for a variety of special interest groups including opera, comedy, spiritual retreats and fan clubs for TV shows like Dark Shadows and Dancing with the Stars!