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adventure — By Vawn on March 4, 2010 at 11:01 am
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New zip line launches in Saint Lucia

Admittedly, I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to heights, but Rain Forest Aerial Trams in Saint Lucia has launched a new zip line that sounds too good to pass up, even for those of us who don’t like flying through the air at incredible speeds strapped to a cable.

The eco-adventure company, which also has zip lines in Costa Rica, Dominica and Jamaica, has a new zip line tour called the Adrena Line (one can only assume this refers to the adrenaline rush produced by participating in said activity).

It starts off with a hike through the rainforest before ascending the Floating Stairs, which are suspended above ground, that bring you to the first of 14 platforms. If you’re unfamiliar with zip lines, basically you’re hitched to a cable (wearing a harness and helmet) and zip from platform to platform – it’s not one long continuous zip through the rainforest.

If you’re really into this, the more platforms, the better – and if you’re deathly afraid, you get over the initial terror (hopefully) after the first few platforms and actually start enjoying yourself. It’s worth bringing a camera for the incredible views looking out over the canopy from the platforms.

At the end of the course, you have a chance to monkey around on the Tarzan Swing before landing on the Tarantula’s Nest and sliding down the Boa Rappel onto solid ground.

The concept of a zip line has actually been around for a long time – back in the day, “flying foxes” were used in the Australian Outback to deliver food, supplies and cigarettes to people working across rivers and other such obstacles. But today’s zip lines are designed with safety first.

Just in case you’re concerned about the safety of these contraptions, this zip line is certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT), with riggings on a triple redundancy system.

Located a half-hour drive from the port of Castries, Rain Forest Aerial Trams St. Lucia is situated at the base of La Sorciere (the fourth-highest peak in St. Lucia) about 2,000 feet above sea level.

For those who aren’t up to the adrenaline rush, the park – which serves as a wildlife reserve and eco-attraction – offers a variety of hiking trails (rated by difficulty) through giant Chatannier, Magnolia, Ficus and Gommier trees. You might even spot the Amazona Versicolor, the island’s endangered parrot.

From October to April: The park is open every day except Mondays.
From May to September: The park is open four days a week.
It’s recommended to call ahead to check availability: 866-759-8726 (in North America)

Photo Credit: Rain Forest Aerial Trams

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