After a day of traveling and modest exploration, it was time to hit the main event: The longest zipline in the world.
A few years ago, an adventure park was created in the Copper Canyon, in the town of Divisadero. This is the area with probably the best view of the canyon, or in reality set of several canyons. The park has three sets of adventures: a set of seven ziplines, an obstacle course along the edge of the canyon, and the long zipline known simply as the “monster.”
Unbeknownst to me, the park has maintenance a few days each month, and I had booked my trip during these dates. However, this simply meant that it would not be open in the afternoon. The tour company stated we would arrive early in the morning to avoid any possible issues.
Before even entering the park, I took some time to admire the awesome vistas. To say this was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen in my life would simply be an understatement. Everyone must visit this place at least once in their life.
Upon arrival, the park was open for business, due to no wind or rain. The park said that I would have to ride the set of seven ziplines first since it was my first time. I believe this was a good idea because it built my confidence for the long one. I had done ziplining in Costa Rica in the past, but it was nothing compared to this. The vistas while riding through a canyon were simply breathtaking.
Finally, it was off to the monster. The line takes a couple of minutes to finish and is 2.5 kilometers long. It was built by an Australian company so the safety is top notch. My ride was unspectacular, except that I was spun backwards immediately, so essentially rode backwards the whole way down. Also, my back seemed to hurt a bit. A video of me landing at the end is here. Note in the video towards the top, the rocky section. This is where the zipline actually began, showing how long it actually is.
What I didn’t expect was a strenuous hike to get back to the station to catch the cable car back to the other side. With a huge amount of equipment, this was no joke. Plus, by this time the sun had come out.
Finally, it was time to take the cable car back and grab some lunch. Before doing that though, I couldn’t help but take more pictures and soak in the beauty that graced my eyes.
This is the Copper Canyon everyone comes to see. I felt as if I could simply stand here forever and marvel at the marvelous mystique of the canyon ranges. Suffice to say, if anyone is interested, I would return. After all, I didn’t do the obstacle course tour.