Monkey see, monkey do. Some would argue we are just sophisticated monkeys. Swinging through the treetops may just be our nature. One of the best ways to celebrate this primordial urge to play is to go ziplining through the rainforest.
It’s one thing to see the forest from the floor, but quite another to see it from a birds-eye view above an emerald canopy teeming with life. Panama’s Chiriqui province boasts an abundance of forests with well-preserved canopies perfect for ziplining adventures. From the height of the tallest rainforest trees, ziplining gives you a window into a whole new world populated by dazzling birds, lively monkeys and a profusion of colorful epiphytes festooning the dense foliage.
Aside from the incredible view, part of the appeal of ziplining is the feeling of danger. Even if you’re a veteran daredevil, you can still find genuine thrills on a ziplining tour, while a sturdy harness and a heavy-duty steel cable ensure that you’ll zoom safely from the apex of adventure to the awaiting platform. Gravity provides the momentum, and your gloved hand provides the braking mechanism as you come in for your landing.
Boquete Tree Trek offers ziplining tours through the dense cloud forest on the slopes of Volcan Baru, a dormant volcano and the tallest mountain in Panama. Boquete Tree Trek’s zipline course encompasses fourteen platforms and is the second-longest in Central America. Although ziplining is a hot adventure activity in forests all over the world, the cloud forests of Volcan Baru National Park are the real deal in terms of biodiversity, thanks to the abundant rainfall they receive throughout the year. It’s just not the same when you zipline through a dry forest compared to Chiriqui’s cloud forest. If whizzing over forest clearings isn’t exactly your speed, Boquete also offers numerous hiking trails that afford a more tranquil experience while still allowing you to immerse yourself in an incredible natural environment.
Today ziplining provides an exhilarating thrill for adventure travelers, so it’s hard to believe that the idea of connecting cables to trees and using them as transportation was originally conceived by locals as a means of harvesting forest products. Their methods, techniques and infrastructure were perfected in more recent years by botanists and zoologists seeking to study tropical flora and fauna.
Vacations to incredible places like Panama are all about monkeying around, trying new things you never thought you could do, and immersing in nature. Chiriqui’s zipline tours allow you to experience all this and more from an exceptional vantage point. Besides having the guaranteed ride of your life, you’ll feel something incredibly personal as you zoom over the jungle canopy. Whether you feel like a bird, a plane, or finally realize your recurring childhood dream of being able to fly, you’ll find ziplining in Chiriqui to be miles of fun.