Zip-lining in Bastimentos

Lynn & Mike ..around the world
Mike Drinkrow & Lynn v/d Hoven
Sun 7 Aug 2011 21:44
Zip-lining in Bastimentos
Today Mike and I went for a jungle adventure on the island of Bastimentos (still in the Bocas Del Toro archipelago)  This canopy tour takes you high up into the jungle where you get kitted out with a harness, gloves, helmet and 'hand-brake'.  You are then given some instruction and up you climb into the jungle canopy.
The zip-lines are cables that are strung from tree to tree about 75m above the ground. You get attached with a pulley system and off you go flying through the jungle like Tarzan. Your right hand has a thick leather break, that you use to pull down on the cable to slow yourself down.  This tour had 5 zip-lines and a few other exciting extras - all high up in the trees - all to be crossed, with the safety of the harness system. The adrenaline was pumping as we walked across a cable tightrope, climbed a set of hanging stairs, got lowered on a rope down a tree and  walk on very unstable suspended poles. I though Mike had a fear of heights, but on our last zip-line he was free-styling, trying it upside down!  What a fun day!
Kitted up and ready to go!
The glove / hand-break
Here I come.....
Walking across the poles
The cable tightrope
Mike about to swing up-side down.