Zip lines have been around for a long time: often used in the rain forest and the outback for useful day-to-day purposes. Recently, staring in the 1990’s, zip line tours have become widely popular as an adventure activity. Because zip lining can be done by a wide range of ages and it offers the excitement that thrill seekers want, while still being entirely safe, it is an adventure I highly suggest you partake in. I have compiled a list of six of the most highly acknowledged zip line tours around the world that would add a day of fun to any trip you might be taking.
Mega Zips at Mega Cavern- Located in Louisville, Kentucky, this is the first fully underground zip line tour in the world. Built in a former limestone pit mine, dug in the 1930s, that stretches for 100 acres, it has ceilings over 90 ft tall in some areas. This tour has 6 zips, including a racing zip and usually takes around 2 hours to complete.
Miss Sky Canopy Tour- In Nosara, Costa Rica, is one of the longest canopy tours in the whole world. This zip tour is 7 miles long and includes 21 zips. During this tour, you go through mountain ridges and valleys, over rivers, waterfalls and the Pacific Ocean. This tour has ends with having you sail directly into a disco-bar on the top floor of a five story building.
Mokai Gravity Canyon’s Flying Fox- Located in Taihape, New Zealand, this zip line turns riders over onto their stomachs so that they fly parallel to the ground, much in the same fashion as how it would be if you were actually flying. The flying fox is 3,600 ft long and reaches speeds up to 100 mph. This zip goes through Rangitikei Canyon, 600 ft above the riverbed and also goes under a bridge. This zip also lets you take in the scenery by rolling back and forth a few times until you stop in the middle.
Costa Rica Sky Trek- Situated in Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano Park, this zip tour is for thrill seekers, not just because of the adrenaline rush of zip lining, but also because it has riders fly past an active volcano. There are nearly 2 miles of cables and 10 zips included in this tour. Riders take an open air gondola from the ground up to the heights of the take off point. The zips include going through the jungle, over lakes, and (as mentioned before) past Arenal volcano, which is very much still active.
Flight of the Gibbon- Located in Chiang Mai, Thailand, this is the first zip tour in Southeast Asia. This tour is a half mile long and has 33 different platform stations. This tour focuses on showcasing the beauty of the rain forest. Ten percent of the Flight of the Gibbons profits go to protecting the endangered gibbon and the rain forest where it is located.
Zip 200- In Sun City, South Africa has riders hang two by two in “superman style” with a fin between their legs for extra speed. This zip is over 6,500 ft long and has speeds going up to 100 mph. Riders get a view of the beautiful grasslands nearly 1000 ft below. People 12 years of age and older are allowed to ride this zip tour.
This is just a tiny list compared to the actual amount of zip lining tours available all over the world. If you have ever gone before or have wanted to go, I highly recommend it. Zip lining is definitely an adventure and will also let you enjoy the beauty of the nature around you.