Equipped with only a harness, a hardhat and one very thick leather glove, you too can fly through a rainforest canopy! Zip lining is a popular activity for exploring hard-to-reach areas like rainforests, but they’ve also been used historically—especially in Australia—as a means for transporting equipment and food to workers on the other side of a large river or a canyon. Zip lines, or “flying foxes” in Australia, consist of a cable positioned on an incline to allow gravity to propel a rider along the cable.
In popular canopy tours in places like Costa Rica and Belize, a rider wears a harness that attaches directly to a trolley on the cable; they jump off a platform and fly through the air. Zip liners usually wear a thick leather glove with which to grasp the cable to slow them down as they arrive at the next platform. Zip line canopy tours tend to involve a series of multi-level platforms where people can zip from one to the next to see different areas of the rainforest.
Inspired by the national Olympic team, Jamaica now offers a cool run through the hot Jamaican jungle at Mystic Mountain.
Cabo activity options—from whale watching and deep sea fishing, to horseback riding and desert treks and more—are sure to fit any family itinerary.
Our young writer shares his excitement and avian finds while bird watching on a family vacation to Costa Rica.
One teen hikes the Great Wall on her family vacation and takes a memorable zip-line flight off its edge.