Sure, you can join the millions of spring breakers headed to the beaches of Cancún, Miami, and Punta Cana…or you can embark on an unconventional and unforgettable spring break by going on a zip line adventure. Zip lining is not for the faint of heart, but rather, the ultimate activity is for those who prefer an adrenaline rush over a carefree romp on the beach. While this high-flying experience started to become prevalent in the mid-1990s, its popularity among adrenaline junkies has spiked over the past few decades. With awe-inspiring zip lines popping up throughout the world’s more beautiful retreats and upscale resorts, some are even located in the very same spots which college students flock to for their spring break parties. While the college crew is crowding the shores of the Bahamas, Jamaica, and U.S. beaches, you’ll be soaring through the most breathtaking locations on the planet, including remote rain forests, beautiful caverns and magnificent mountains. This spring break, pack your bags, grab your gear and set flight with 10 of the world’s most amazing zip line adventures.
10. Alpine Zip & Glacier Adventure in Juneau, Alaska
Witness Juneau, Alaska’s splendor and countryside, like never before from the soaring heights of the Alpine Zip & Glacier Adventure. This five-and-a-half hour tour provides you with an unforgettable experience that begins high above the breathtaking Tongass National Forest and concludes at the magnificent Mendenhall Glacier. At your arrival, you can browse the United States Forest Service’s Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center, photograph its awe-inspiring surroundings and explore neighboring nature trails. While this zip line is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, it also offers a unique educational perspective on Alaska’s bionetwork, from themed platforms focused on local bears, logging, gold mining, fishing, and native background. The Alpine Zip & Glacier Adventure is only available to individual parties of six or more, at $199 for adults over the age of 13 and $159 for children ages 9-12.
9. Eye of the Jaguar in Cusco, Peru
Be a part of the record books with a journey on Cusco, Peru’s Eye of the Jaguar, the world’s longest zip line. At top speeds of 75 mph, the Eye of the Jaguar is 120 minutes of pure adrenaline that zips you 1.3 miles through the Sacred Valley of Urubamba’s mountains. Following your zip line experience, you are in the prime location to explore Peru’s other wonderful tourist locations, including Maras, Salineras, Chinchero and Moray. Adrenaline junkies will not want to miss out on this extraordinary experience!
8. Simatai Zip Line in Gubeikou Town of Miyun County, China
It’s one thing to see the Great Wall of China on foot; it’s another to see if from the Simatai Zip Line. Located in Gubeikou Town of Miyun County, this zip line is accessible from an exhilarating hike up the Great Wall of China’s Simatai section. The section is currently under renovation to improve both its 35 watchtowers, 6th century architecture and zip line stability. You can certainly choose to walk back down the Great Wall, but the thrilling views from the zip line decline are just too good to pass up. During this brief and steep descent, you’ll soar high above Mandarin Duck Lake and you’ll be blessed with some of the most beautiful views of the Great Wall and China’s mountainous terrain.
7. Mokai Gravity Canyon’s Flying Fox in Taihape, New Zealand
Mokai Gravity Canyon’s Flying Fox is New Zealand’s original zip line adventure and one that guarantees its views to not disappoint. With the ability for riders to reach top speeds of up to 100 mph, while racing nearly 600 feet above the Rangitikei River, the Flying Fox is among New Zealand’s best zip lines. Unlike traditional zip lines that leaves riders in a more upright position, the Flying Fox harness enables its riders to be placed in a Superman position. This makes its riders face the canyon below, for a true feeling of flying. Book your ride on the Mokai Gravity Canyon’s Flying Fox for $155 per person and packages are available for double or triple riders.
6. Akaka Falls Skyline Adventure
The eastern side of Hawaii’s Big Island boasts some of the world’s most amazing assortment of waterfalls, ocean views, and mountainous terrains. What better way to take it all in than from the incredible heights of the Hamakua Coast on Akaka Falls Skyline Adventure. Gear up and get ready to zip along seven lines that fly you through the island’s banana trees, tropical valleys, sugarcane fields and the breathtaking 250-foot tall Akaka Falls waterfall. You’ll experience firsthand, why this zip line tour has been named as The Big Island’s longest and best zip adventure. Reserve your Akaka Falls Skyline Adventure for $169.95 per person plus tax. You may also book your tour online for $159.33 per person plus tax.
5. Flight of the Gibbon in Bangkok, Thailand
The Flight of The Gibbon zip line tops all others in Southeast Asia with its three-hour long zip lining adventure, through its Thai rain forest. Twenty-four platforms launch you on an unforgettable zip-of-a-lifetime where you’ll learn about the country’s flowers and wildlife from two of the company’s qualified sky ranger guides. Climb on two suspended sky-bridges and rappel through two awe-inspiring descents while on the tour to witness the most unique and otherwise, unreachable views of the jungle. Approximately $112 per person includes the Flight of the Gibbon Bangkok zip line canopy tour, a tour of Khao Kheow Open Safari Park, round-trip transportation via a luxury air-conditioned van and a snack, lunch, and water.
4. Miss Sky Canopy Tour in Nosara, Costa Rica
Experience the Costa Rican rain forest of Nosara from the incredible vantage point of the country’s colorful macaw birds with the Miss Sky Canopy Tour. Rocket through the unrivaled beauty of the canopy via 21 separate zip runs, set hundreds of feet above the Nosara River, majestic mountains and stunning ravines. You’ll also get the opportunity to pause for a brief rest near Nosara’s largest waterfall and river pools. Boasting nearly seven miles of course, The Miss Sky Canopy Tour is the longest canopy tour on the planet with views unmatched by other zip lines in the world. Never before have you seen natural vistas like those of the 2,500-acre forest reserve that the tour covers. In addition, you’ll get a glimpse of howler monkeys, picturesque Pacific Coast mountain sights, breathtaking beaches and the area’s Ostional turtle nesting refuge. Morning, afternoon and night tour times are available; current pricing for each tour is available by contacting the Miss Sky Canopy Tour office.
3. Mega Zips at Mega Cavern in Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky may not be the first location that comes to mind when you think of one of the world’s most amazing zip lines, but that will all change when you take flight on Mega Cavern’s Mega Zips tour. As the only fully underground zip line course on the planet, Mega Zips promises an adventure unlike any other. Zip through a 17-mile man-made cavern, via six various zip lines and two challenge bridges that provide eye-popping perspectives of this underground realm. During your two-hour tour, you’ll not only explore the many crevices of this former limestone pit mine, but you’ll also learn about its geology and mining. Tickets for Mega Zips range in price from $49-79 per person.
2. Zip 2000 in Sun City, South Africa
If you want to experience the world’s longest zip line, you’ll need to pack your bags and head to Sun City, South Africa for a spin on the Zip 2000. At 1.25 continuous miles of zip line, Zip 2000 tops all others. It is only slightly slower than Gravity Canon, New Zealands’s Flying Fox, clocking in at roughly 93 mph versus the Flying Fox’s top speed of 100 mph. Although, when you combine its speed with the breathtaking views, sitting in its Superman-position harness hookup, you’ll undoubtedly understand why Zip 2000 ranks among the best zip lines in the world. Solo and tandem rides are available.
1. Amazonia Expedition—Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve in Peru
Get in touch with your wild side as you zip through the gorgeous wildlife of the Tamshiyacu-Tahuayo Reserve with Peru’s Amazonia Expedition zip line experience. As the longest zip line in the Amazon, this tour has been consistently called one of its most exciting, with sky-high views of the beautiful rain forest below. Venture from tree-to-tree as you control your speed, so you can slow down to really take in the Amazon’s exceptional biodiversity. An all-inclusive eight-day excursion with the remote Amazonia Expedition is priced at $1,295 per person.