Activo Park: An Exhilarating Day in Umbria

I love adventure.  I love challenges.  I love looking down, way down, knowing that if I fall at best it will really hurt, at worst….  Given my adventurous spirit I thought a day at Activo Park in Valnerina, Umbria would be child’s play.  Luckily I was wrong.

Activo Park is an outdoor nature park that offers something for people of all ages.  It’s popular with families, but our group was all adults and we had a blast.

The Acrobatic Park tested all of our limits.  It consists of a square of different ropes, each with their own challenges.  Once you’ve done the first round, you climb higher to the second round and then to the very high third round.  Each obstacle tests strength, balance, fear of heights and sheer will – sometimes all simultaneously!  Let me tell you there are some real doozies:
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The Acrobatic Park at Activo Park.  Photo courtesy of Alfonso Tortora.

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One of the easier parts of the Acrobatic Park at Activo Park. Photo taken by Alfonso Tortora.

 

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One of the more difficult challenges at the Acrobatic Park in Activo Park.

I pushed through some of the harder challenges and refused to look down.  “Breathe, step, breath, step” became my mantra as I worked through challenge after challenge, some of them more gracefully than others, but still loving every minute of it, even as my muscles quivered in exhaustion.  When I completed the Acrobatic course, I was exhilarated! I felt alive and a sense of accomplishment!  If I could complete the Acrobatic course, what else could I achieve in my life, by staying focused, taking small steps to reach another goal?  The contemplation would have to wait until later – it was time for the canopy tour, also know as a zip line.  Exhilaration trumps contemplation!

All the above photos are courtesy of Alfonso Tortora, who was the wonderful photographer for this trip.  (I was too busy concentrating to take photos at Activo Park).  Nathalie Salas from Perfect Boutique, who was another blogger on the trip is featured in all the above photos.

How To Get the Most Out Of Your Visit to Activo Park (as told to me by Marco, the owner):

  • Avoid the crowds, by visiting Activo Park at lunch, or later in the day, or best of all in the evening
  • To get the most out of your visit to Activo Park, Marco recommends doing the activities in this order:  1) Spider-man (an intricate series of ropes resembling a spider web, found just inside the park entrance), 2) Acrobatic Park (see photos and description above), 3) Tubing (there is a small slide), 4) Lunch, and finally 5) Canopy Tour (zip lining)

Know Before You Go to Activo Park:

  • Activo Park is open everyday from June -August
  • The rest of the year it is open on weekends
  • It is also open during the week for groups of 10+, but you must reserve in advance
  • An adult ticket costs a reasonable 25 Euros and includes all the activities listed above

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Note:  I was a guest of Activo Park, but as always all opinions expressed remain my own.


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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.

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12 Comments

  1. Italian Notes June 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    You’ve sure got courage. Don’t they have a chicken path for people like me?

  2. Laurel June 12, 2012 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    @Italian Notes – It was really fun, I love that kind of stuff. They have the first tier which is not so high of the ground and you have a harness so if you fall, you don’t fall very far 🙂

  3. Nathalie Salas June 12, 2012 at 3:33 pm - Reply

    My arms were killing for 1 week afterwards. I wish there was a park like this closer to home. It’s a great workout in a naturistic environment.

  4. Laurel June 12, 2012 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    @Nathalie – Mine too, imagine doing that every week. It would make working out fun!

  5. InsideJourneys June 12, 2012 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    You’re pretty courageous, Laurel. Looks like a lot of fun!

  6. Zhu June 13, 2012 at 2:03 am - Reply

    How do you get to visit all these cool places? And boy, you must be fit!

    I don’t like heights much so I’m not sure it would be for me. Meh… I would give it a shot for the thrill!

  7. Umbria on the Blog June 13, 2012 at 12:36 pm - Reply

    This is a fab outing for families with kids, too…I took my 7 and 10 year olds last year and we had a blast!

  8. Peter Parkorr June 13, 2012 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    Childs play! Nice post 😀

  9. Lisa June 13, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    It looks like fun – but I think that I’d need the chicken path too! 🙂

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