It’s no exaggeration to say that zip lining is a must-do adventure in Belize. Simply put, zip lining is the adventure of sailing through the jungle canopy along a series of steel “zip” cables. But it’s much more than that.
Zip lining, for many people, is the closest they’ll ever get to flying. Unlike an airplane where you’re boxed in a cabin, zip lining lets you sail at high speed through the air. And Belize has some of the longest zip lines in the world, some of them stretching for over a mile. And while it’s guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping, zip lining is very, very safe.
Black Orchid Resort’s zip line adventure begins with a short, 45-minute drive to a location on the banks of the beautiful Caves Branch River in the heart of the jungle. Upon arrival, participants can change clothes or visit the restroom, if necessary. Lockers are available for storing valuables and water-resistant shoes are available for rent.
Once everyone’s ready, an experienced guide will provide a short safety demonstration. Long hair must be pulled back and any dangling or loose jewelry must be removed. After the safety briefing, it’s time to go zip lining!
The zip lining adventure begins by climbing up a tree to the first platform. Once you’re ready, you step off into the air and go flying down the length of the cable to the next platform. From there, you continue to “zip” from platform to platform. For an entire 60 minutes, you’ll get to experience a bird’s eye view of the pristine jungle as you fly along the cable.
The last platform is near the river. Once back on the ground, it’s just a short hike until you get to the water. Participants will then board an individual rubber inner tube and enter the water. The current of the Caves Branch River is nice and gentle, and participants will soon find that the river passes through a series of enormous caves.
As you float through the caves, you’ll see ancient Maya art on the walls as well as artifacts left behind by the Maya over 1,000 years ago. At one point, participants will “park” their inner tubes and enjoy a quick exploration of the cave. From there, it’s back onto the inner tube and a float out of the caves and back into the daylight.