Our excitement grew as we waited in comfort at the tour company office across from the church, where other adventurers arrived via transportation provided by Desafio. Preparation-wise, we had been told what to expect in terms of getting very wet and having appropriate clothing and footwear.
The mixture of nervous butterflies and eagerness I was feeling intensified when we all boarded the bus to the drop-off site. Passenger chatter during the short ride reflected everyone’s heightening anticipation. From the base, we were bounced up the mountain via a jungle caravan trip that took about 20 minutes. At our upward destination, referred to as the “Ops Center”, we were greeted by a bunch of happy, energetic guides who suited us up in rappelling gear. Once fully equipped, we were given a safety briefing, and then off we went into the unknown with our experienced guides.
At the first platform, another equipment check preceded our inaugural drop. Over the edge I went, leaning back and trusting the equipment. The water was not too cold. The first drop was only 10 meters or so to get us accustomed to the equipment and proper form for balance. Placing my foot carefully and easing the rope with my dominant hand allowed me to comfortably control my descent.
The subsequent drops got bigger, causing more adrenaline to pump through my system as each one loomed. In a couple instances, I was instructed to let go of the rope and hold the safety line. This zipped me to the bottom fast, but in a controlled manner. There were a couple of surprises along the way, which I am not going to reveal. It’s something you have to experience yourself.