THE INSANE PANAMA ZIPLINE ADVENTURE EVERYONE SHOULD TRY

THE INSANE PANAMA ZIPLINE ADVENTURE EVERYONE SHOULD TRY

“How high is this thing again?” I asked, as the guy carefully configured my harness.

“At the highest point? 180 meters.” he replied, as if it were no big deal.

Being from the States, and thus used to thinking in feet, I tried doing the math in my head (key word: tried.) I figured that was around 500 feet.

Later, I learned it was more like 590. Gulp.

Cañas Jungle Adventure boasts the longest & highest zipline in Panama. It’s an 8-cable course spanning over 3 km which offers jaw-dropping rainforest and ocean views. There’s also 2 rappels, a suspension bridge, hiking trails, waterfalls and natural pool, and enough animal sightings to excite Steve Irwin.

           One of the views at Cañas Jungle Adventure

It’s one of the most exhilarating and awe-inspiring experiences one can have in Panama– and it’s located just 15 minutes from Selina Playa Venao.

I met with Sapir Eyal, operator of Cañas Jungle Adventure, to get the low-down on the tour.

A forever-smiling foreigner, Sapir is known for his permanently positive attitude, jumbo-sized grin, and his deep zest for life and all its simple pleasures (you know, like flying through a rainforest canopy at speeds comparable to the PanAmerican Highway.)

Here, he talks about some of the finer points of Cañas Jungle Adventure, including the epic landscape, the ecology behind the beauty, and all the fun, heart-pumping moments you can expect from the adventure.

The Landscape

Adrenaline aside, one of the main benefits of zip-lining is that you’re treated to the kind of stunning views usually reserved for birds and airplanes. Cañas Zipline Adventure more than delivers on this expectation, with magnificent, all-encompassing views of the surrounding landscape: rainforest, ocean, along with some cameos of mangroves, lagoons, and the small, humble village of Cañas.

According to Sapir, the views offered by this zipline are especially epic, thanks in part to the type of rainforest it’s enveloped in.

“Part of what makes our zip-line [so beautiful] is it runs through a ‘secondary rainforest.’ In primary rainforests, the canopy is at the same height, making it difficult for the sun to break through so there’s not much life around.

A secondary rainforest, like ours, is a multi-level canopy; the sun can reach all levels, making it possible for life to flourish all around. We have a huge variety of plants and animals which can be seen on the tour that you don’t often see elsewhere in Panama. Jaguars, wild rabbits, deers, and three different species of monkey.”

Monkeys, he says, can be spotted on almost every tour.

The Adventure

An impressive zip-line might be the main event of the Cañas Jungle Adventure, but that’s not all you’ll experience. The tour offers several “mini-adventures” within the adventure– including rappel systems from which you descend from high tree platforms, a mid-air suspension bridge immersed in a world of flora and fauna, and some of the most beautiful hiking trails a nature-lover could ask for.

If you choose, you can even brave the ‘Tarzan Swing,’ an impressively long rope from which you swing down at incredible heights. Your reward for such bravery? A well-earned swim within a waterfall and natural pool, where tiny, fluorescent blue shrimp will tickle your feet.

Sapir chimes in on why these “mini-adventures​” are so important to the Cañas experience:

“We want to offer many different kinds of experiences and adventure. The adrenaline you get, for example, from a zipline is very different than the rush you get from rappelling. Both are wonderful, very cool experiences that we want our guests to have.”

Safety & Experience

People considering any sky-high activity tend to want to know about safety, and it’s something the boys at Cañas Jungle Adventure take seriously.

“It’s all very controlled, very safe. Our gear is checked and serviced regularly, our staff are highly trained in the whole process and are great at communicating that process to others, regardless of their age, experience, or language [currently, the tour is available in English, Spanish, in Hebrew.]

“At the start of each tour,” he continues, “we have a ‘practice cable.’ It’s short, slow, and close to the ground, giving guests a safe way to practice with their gear and get used to the feeling of the zipline. They can do it as many times as they want, and move on to the second cable when they feel comfortable.”

How intense is it?

Do you have to be a fearless adrenaline-chaser to go zip-lining?

“Not at all,” Sapir says, “While it’s definitely an adrenaline rush, it’s also an amazingly peaceful experience. When you’re up there, you’re surrounded by the raw beauty of nature. You hear more, you see more, you observe more… you really learn to connect with and appreciate the world around you.”

Still not convinced? According to Sapir, they’ve had a 5 year old do the tour…and a 94 year old. If they can do it, so can you. ;)​

“How high is this thing again?” I asked, as the guy carefully configured my harness.

“At the highest point? 180 meters.” he replied, as if it were no big deal.

Being from the States, and thus used to thinking in feet, I tried doing the math in my head (key word: tried.) I figured that was around 500 feet.

Later, I learned it was more like 590. Gulp.

Cañas Jungle Adventure boasts the longest & highest zipline in Panama. It’s an 8-cable course spanning over 3 km which offers jaw-dropping rainforest and ocean views. There’s also 2 rappels, a suspension bridge, hiking trails, waterfalls and natural pool, and enough animal sightings to excite Steve Irwin.



           One of the views at Cañas Jungle Adventure

It’s one of the most exhilarating and awe-inspiring experiences one can have in Panama– and it’s located just 15 minutes from Selina Playa Venao.

I met with Sapir Eyal, operator of Cañas Jungle Adventure, to get the low-down on the tour.

A forever-smiling foreigner, Sapir is known for his permanently positive attitude, jumbo-sized grin, and his deep zest for life and all its simple pleasures (you know, like flying through a rainforest canopy at speeds comparable to the PanAmerican Highway.)

Here, he talks about some of the finer points of Cañas Jungle Adventure, including the epic landscape, the ecology behind the beauty, and all the fun, heart-pumping moments you can expect from the adventure.



The Landscape

Adrenaline aside, one of the main benefits of zip-lining is that you’re treated to the kind of stunning views usually reserved for birds and airplanes. Cañas Zipline Adventure more than delivers on this expectation, with magnificent, all-encompassing views of the surrounding landscape: rainforest, ocean, along with some cameos of mangroves, lagoons, and the small, humble village of Cañas.



According to Sapir, the views offered by this zipline are especially epic, thanks in part to the type of rainforest it’s enveloped in.

“Part of what makes our zip-line [so beautiful] is it runs through a ‘secondary rainforest.’ In primary rainforests, the canopy is at the same height, making it difficult for the sun to break through so there’s not much life around.

A secondary rainforest, like ours, is a multi-level canopy; the sun can reach all levels, making it possible for life to flourish all around. We have a huge variety of plants and animals which can be seen on the tour that you don’t often see elsewhere in Panama. Jaguars, wild rabbits, deers, and three different species of monkey.”

Monkeys, he says, can be spotted on almost every tour.



 

The Adventure

An impressive zip-line might be the main event of the Cañas Jungle Adventure, but that’s not all you’ll experience. The tour offers several “mini-adventures” within the adventure– including rappel systems from which you descend from high tree platforms, a mid-air suspension bridge immersed in a world of flora and fauna, and some of the most beautiful hiking trails a nature-lover could ask for.











If you choose, you can even brave the ‘Tarzan Swing,’ an impressively long rope from which you swing down at incredible heights. Your reward for such bravery? A well-earned swim within a waterfall and natural pool, where tiny, fluorescent blue shrimp will tickle your feet.

Sapir chimes in on why these “mini-adventures ” are so important to the Cañas experience:

 We want to offer many different kinds of experiences and adventure. The adrenaline you get, for example, from a zipline is very different than the rush you get from rappelling. Both are wonderful, very cool experiences that we want our guests to have.”

Safety & Experience

People considering any sky-high activity tend to want to know about safety, and it’s something the boys at Cañas Jungle Adventure take seriously.

 It’s all very controlled, very safe. Our gear is checked and serviced regularly, our staff are highly trained in the whole process and are great at communicating that process to others, regardless of their age, experience, or language [currently, the tour is available in English, Spanish, in Hebrew.]

“At the start of each tour,” he continues, “we have a ‘practice cable.’ It’s short, slow, and close to the ground, giving guests a safe way to practice with their gear and get used to the feeling of the zipline. They can do it as many times as they want, and move on to the second cable when they feel comfortable.”



How intense is it?

Do you have to be a fearless adrenaline-chaser to go zip-lining?

“Not at all,” Sapir says, “While it’s definitely an adrenaline rush, it’s also an amazingly peaceful experience. When you’re up there, you’re surrounded by the raw beauty of nature. You hear more, you see more, you observe more… you really learn to connect with and appreciate the world around you.”

Still not convinced? According to Sapir, they’ve had a 5 year old do the tour…and a 94 year old. If they can do it, so can you. ????




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