Posted by: gardner310 | April 21, 2010

Extreme Zip Lining

I like zip lines.   There is something about speeding between trees knowing you are not going to crash or fall that makes me smile.  In my younger years I read all of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ novels – he authored the Tarzen series and John Carter of Mars series.  I think I have seen every Tarzen movie made from Johnny Weissmuller to Greystoke.  Just call me Jane.

Flying by enjoying the view

Today I was in Puerto Vallarta on the Canopy Tour with Vallarta Adventures.   When I started zipping  10 years ago the routes were just the cables and platforms.  Over the years things like rappelling, Tarzan ropes, 60 foot ladders and suspension bridges have been added.  All of them were there today.

As usual, I was the oldest one in our group of 12.  What is interesting is that this activity attracts all kinds and ages of people.   An 8 year old girl was the youngest with the rest falling in between us.  This was the most strenuous circuit I have done, the long skinny metal ladders and skinny shaky bridges giving me the most pause.  Think it was the skinny part?  However, I was not about to be shown up by an 8 year old.

Scary Skinny Ladder

One of the guides met the group at the ship and got us heading to the site in an open sided covered truck.  The 12 of us fit perfectly, seating 6 on a side.  It is an hour ride and with the wind I felt like I got a facelift on each side of my face, going and coming.  The entire side of my face tingled for a good while after we got out of the truck – side benefit.

There is plenty of hiking, climbing, zipping, rappelling and swinging to suit anyone looking for a good workout.  Snacks and photo shopping ended the activity before the windy ride back to the ship.  This is a great way to get out of your comfort zone and return home with a good travel story, feeling mighty proud of yourself.

Rappeling, the easy part

Vallarta Adventures do a wonderful job with their tours.  Their guides speak great English and they meet the highest safety standards.  Whether you are the adventurous type or if you just want to cross something off your bucket list, take a look at their excursions and know you are going to be in good hands.

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