If you’ve never done a zipline course, you should. It is so much fun. Zipping from treetop to treetop at 50+ miles per hour is an exhilarating experience. I had previously done ziplines in Costa Rica but ziplining in Belize this afternoon was truly awesome and a ton of fun.
The Bocawina zipline is the longest in Belize. There are eight different ziplines that make up a 1.5 mile course or thereabouts. The longest is a 2300 foot zipline where you fly at over 50 miles per hour. The course is located somewhere between Sittee River and Silk Grass in Stann Creek district about seven miles or so off the highway. When I say highway, it’s the only north south road in Belize that’s paved.
The staff is friendly and the place is run by a friendly expat named Liz and our awesome guides, Emilio and Hugo, made us feel really comfortable and at ease. The equipment and safety procedures are stellar and I never felt uncomfortable at all.
The hardest thing to do when you zipline is actually step off the platform and stay straight. Some people have a tendency to grab the wire to slow down which will make you go crooked and less fast. It’s much more fun to just barely touch the break and just use the brake glove to guide you as you barrel toward the next tree.
There are also a few points where you have to rappel down from the tree 20-30 feet and then hike up the hill to another platform. It’s not terribly arduous but necessary to get the high speeds you should crave if you’re ziplining. The guides control you when you’re rappelling so don’t worry about it if you don’t know how.
I highly recommend checking it out if you’re in Southern Belize. Tell Liz I sent you and maybe she’ll give you the Belizean rate!
After ziplining, the only way to come down from the high is to chill out on the beach and have a few Belizean Lighthouse or Belikin beers. My buddy Pete and I headed up to Dangriga to the Pelican Beach Resort for some beach side drinks with two other friends we met in Dangriga.
To cap off a great day, we headed to Hopkins, which is a really cool little beach town with a great beach. It is one of the cool little places that mixes both backpackers and also nice hotels and restaurants. I would like to spend more time there.
So it’s a been a great but long day and tomorrow should be just as long as we head down south to Punta Gorda and into Livingstone, Guatemala. I can’t wait!
Ziplining in Belize
March 20, 2012 by 9 Comments