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Ziplining through the jungle in Honduras

Photo of Chloée ziplining through the jungle canopy

Chloée ziplining through the jungle canopy

Ever wonder what it would be like to go zipping through the jungle canopy, high above the ground, hanging by a thread? I did and so did the girls. So we tried it while we were in Honduras and I have to say, it really was a fabulous experience.

 

 

Photo of Chloée ziplining through the jungle in Honduras

Chloée ziplining into the jungle

During our stay on the island of Roatán in Honduras, we visited the ziplines of the Monkey Trail Canopy team in West Bay and had a blast. With the help of two guides, William and Jorge, we zipped from Creation rock, the highest point of West Bay, down to the middle of a beautiful sandy beach. Our zipline trip lasted about an hour. We zipped across valleys and above and through tree tops and were surrounded by magnificent foliage alive with tropical wildlife the whole way.

The zipline tour that we took consists of 13 lines that stretch out for almost 2 kilometres. One line is 135 ft above the ground and almost 1000 feet long. Each platform is large and well situated in the trees so you don’t notice the heights while waiting for your turn. Several platforms also let you enjoy fabulous views of the jungle and the northern coastline.

It was easy to find and easy to do, too. We easily found the parking lot at the top of Creation rock and paid at a kisoque on the side of the road. Once this was done, we had two guides assigned to us to ensure we were properly equipped and that we would have the best ziplining experience ever.

Photo of Corinne ziplining casually

This is easy

Our guides, William and Jorge, got us all decked out in zipline gear – a harness, two safety straps, a pulley, a helmet and a pair of heavy work gloves with reinforced palms. They also gave us a safety briefing – sit back, cross your legs, don’t touch the safety harness, pull down with your back hand to brake – and told us that, with them, we were going to have the most fun ever.

They were right! William and Jorge managed our experience the whole way down, even helping the girls get comfortable enough to do a few xtreme zipline tricks along the way, and pointing out flowers, interesting trees, parrots and iguanas at each platform.

Photo of Corinne smiling from ear to ear while ziplining in Honduras

This is fun!

The system was simple and clear. One of the guides always went first so he could be at the next platform to ensure that we knew where along the line we needed to begin applying pressure to safely slow down and that we landed softly. The other guide was always last so he could ensure that nobody was left behind and that we were all safely attached to the platform before moving on to the next run.

According to our guides William and Jorge, there are no experience or height restrictions on the ziplines. That was good news ‘cuz none of us had ever ziplined before and Coco’s 7 years old and Chloée’s 10 years old. The reason for the lack of age restriction is that people who weigh less don’t go as fast on the lines as those who are heavier. Actually, understanding how to brake properly takes a little bit of practice, even though it sounds easy – lean back and pull down on the cable with your back hand. So it took a few lines to get the practise and timing right, if you go too fast, you risk running into the platform below. If you go too slow, you could stop halfway down, which requires extra muscle power to pull yourself toward the next platform.

Photo of Corinne doing the "super chica," while ziplining in Honduras

Corinne the "super chica"

Photo of Chloée ziplining upside down

Wooohooo!

Since “fear” is not a word in any of our lexicons, we suited up and went with William and Jorge and had a blast. At one point, there was a break in the trees and I could see the Caribbean Sea. We also saw iguanas sunning themselves, monkeys chasing each other across treetops, a group of macaws preening and on one of the last lines, we zipped over a suspension bridge full of people.

 

Our guides were definitely one reason why our experience was so amazing. William and Jorge were rambunctious and accomodating, paying special attention to Chloée and Corinne throughout the entire zip trip. They were always smiling and teasing and they even helped the girls perform a few tricks, like ziplining upside down and doing the “super chica” and the “chicken” (open arms while the guide at the back is bouncing the zipline up and down as you go).

Photo of Corinne and Chloée with our guides, William and Jorge

Our guides, William and Jorge, made sure we had a fun and safe time

If you are in the Bay Islands of Honduras and you’re looking for a thrilling way to enjoy cool breezes and spectacular ocean and mountain views, I really recommend doing some ziplining.

There are several locations where you can do it and, honestly, it’s a huge rush with low risk and low discomfort. As a matter of fact, safety is a priority for the tour companies and the only discomfort I felt was that the harness is a bit painful on the crotch, but, really, other fun activities are too (like horseback riding) so no biggie.

End of the zip line!

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4 Responses to “Ziplining through the jungle in Honduras”

  1. Stéphane March 29, 2012 7:03 PM #

    Cool thanx for sharing Rob. have you ziplined anywhere else? I did it in Texas and it was very cool

  2. one female canuck March 30, 2012 11:19 AM #

    What an awesome entry! And your girls look like they are over the moon having fun.
    Next entry: A video of you performing the “chicken.” Oui?

  3. Rob March 30, 2012 6:12 PM #

    Ha ha, that’s not gonna happen. I’m the photographer, not the photographed!

  4. one female canuck March 31, 2012 9:55 PM #

    No good.
    Here I thought you had a wild child in you still, ready for the cameras!

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