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Slothing Around…South America?

I was chosen to lead the ultimate tour of South America way back in September.  Everything happened very quickly, and here I am, in a Quito hotel room, anticipating the start of ‘El Circuito’ tomorrow as we begin our expedition through 9 countries in 171 days. Not a bad cricket score that, 171-9…I think. To be honest I’m more of a fan of sports that don’t include breaks for tea and crumpets.

I digress. Apologies for the lack of recent activity on this blog, as I’ve had to do a fair amount of research to prepare. At least I got to pop back home to Dublin for the last month to see family and friends – a welcome but unexpected bonus! I was also delighted that The Irish Times published my follow-up article (link below) – I had originally pitched the title of the article as ‘Slothing Around Central America’, but no dice. Oh well.

Unfortunately the region in the title of this blog is a bit of a misnomer now, but I think I’ll keep it anyway. I will understandably be a lot busier on this new tour but I’ll still post updates when I have the time! In this part of the world, there’s always a good story yet to be told. While there may not be as many sloths south of the equator, rest assured that there will be at least one Irish eejit still slothing around.



Zip Lining Towards the Pacific

Zip lining is one of the coolest activities we do in Costa Rica (and there’s plenty of competition for the best activity in Ticoland). It’s hard to beat the sensation of flying through the air, over forests and valleys, towards the Pacific Ocean in the distance. There are plenty of companies in Monteverde but my personal favourite is ‘Extremo’. The clue’s in the name – it’s the fastest one. Plus there’s a 950m-long Superman zip line at the end as a reward.

You might think I’m one of those speed junkies who loves all adventure sports, but in reality I’m a big scaredy-cat for heights. I had to push myself to even try zip lining, because I thought I’d bottle it. But maybe that’s why I ended up enjoying myself so much! It’s important to push yourself and work on your weaknesses. Having said that, with bungee jumping also offered up at ‘Extremo’, there is more chance of hell freezing over than me jumping off that bungee.