One activity that I have always wanted to try and never had the opportunity to was ziplining. After thinking about giving it a go in my home state of Montana, and then later in Peru, I finally had the opportunity in Guatemala. I was driven just outside the Tikal National Park where we were staying for a few days. Tikal has its very own ziplining company that’s been running for the past fifteen years or so. Because we were there during the off-season, I had the place to myself and some excellent guides to help me.
Honestly, I’m the wrong person to ask about whether or not it was scary or not. I loved skydiving for my 21st birthday, and adventure sports is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. My boyfriend wished me luck and promptly took a nap while I headed out.
One of the first things I noticed was how professional the company was. They fitted me with the appropriate harness and walked me through all the steps so I wouldn’t end up injuring myself. After hooking me up to the line and encouraging me to have fun, I was pushed from the top of the tree.
I couldn’t help but giggle all the way down—if I had to guess, I was going about 20 or 30 miles per hour. I was encouraged to try ziplining upside down, the superman (or girl) pose, and to just let go and have some fun. The guides even made the line move up and down, which made it all the more exciting and made me feel like I was riding waves.
One of the highlights was seeing animals in their habitat. We witnessed Howler and Spider monkeys crawling through the trees and calling out to one another. Listening to the sounds made the experience was surprisingly peaceful—while I had a blast, one of my favorite parts of ziplining was feeling so at home in nature and with the jungle. Seeing it from the canopy was seeing this world from a whole new level.
Would I do it again? Absolutely. I would also like to try it in a few different locations to see a new perspective. I can’t compliment the staff at the Tikal Park Canopy Tour enough, and it’s an experience I am unlikely to forget any time soon.
Have you ever been ziplining?