Several Caribbean countries can count Zip Lining Adventure Tours among their offering, for both locals and tourists to enjoy.
In 2013, Trinidad and Tobago welcomed its first Zip Lining Park, to the delight of many people. ZIP-ITT is located in Chaguaramas (North/West Trinidad), which is an hour drive (without traffic) from the heart of the capital, Port of Spain.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, one can define a Zip line as “a cable suspended above an incline to which a pulley and harness are attached for a rider”.
While there is a wide variety of how zip lining parks are set up throughout the globe (over water, through waterfalls, alongside rivers/ocean, etc.) the one offered by ZIP-ITT is set through the forest.
Lots of people won’t know that The World’s Longest Over Water Zip Line (at 500 feet) is offered in the Caribbean: in Labadee, Haiti.
What to expect ?
Zip Lining, which has become a popular activity, especially the past 10 years, is not for the faint of heart. It is more suitable for the adrenaline type of adventure seekers.
Just picture a modern version of Tarzan and Jane, going from trees to trees, with a few canopy bridges in between. That’s pretty much it! Well except that Tarzan's vines have been replaced by sturdy cables, lol.
Follow the instructions from the experienced staff and you will be just fine. At ZIP-ITT, the staff is very friendly and I got comfortable very quickly.
This facility, which has an awesome 4.5 rating (out of 5) on Trip Advisor, is all about safety and hygiene. Of course, they also ensure that you’re enjoying the tour as much as possible.
After getting the paperwork formalities out of the way, it was time for me to put on the necessary gears, as well as disposable gloves and hair net. This way, the pair of gloves used during the tour, are not directly on your skin. Same principle for the helmet.
Zip Lining From Tree to Tree
What an Amazing Rush!
In no time, I was standing by the tour’s starting point and first cable, listening to my guides’ instructions on how to place my hands and legs and how to manoeuvre the cable safely. Really folks, it’s no brainer at all.
And before I knew it, I was zipping through my first set of cables. Aaaahhhh, look at that! The views, the trees, the height!! Isn’t that awesome, sssooo easy, and did I say awesome? The video is at the end of this post !
Zip lining through the lush green forest felt rather soothing and exciting all at the same time. Must be the adrenaline rushing in through my body.
Once I finished zipping through one cable, all I wanted was to get hooked to the other one... soonest. I therefore didn’t pay much mind to the few canopy walkways on my path, as I had been on similar ones in the past.
It got clearer to me that I only came up here for one thing:
the C-A-B-L-E-S !
How long is the Zip Lining tour?
At the time, I was the only customer my 2 guides were taking through the course. I also walked past the canopy bridges rather quickly. As a result, it barely took me 30 minutes to complete the entire tour.
I had zipped through all 7 cables, with no worries in the world! Just a happy grin on my face!! I particularly enjoyed the last cable, which gives you a 10-second glimpse at the beach to your left.
However, I can see why the tour advertises that the experience will take 1 hour. Indeed, for safety reasons, there can only be one person at a time on a cable, so if I had waited for peak time to do the tour, then I would have some waiting to do.
In general, I try to avoid going to recreational facilities at peak time. In this instance, I arrived when the park opened (10am). So glad that I only had to share the cables with my guides. Easy peasy, peaceful ride! I am really grateful and got the adrenaline fix I wanted. I left there feeling energized and ready for more adventures, as if this tour was just a warm up session to my day ahead of me!!
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Other Useful Information
ZIP-ITT also offers Bike rentals and a separate Zip Line Tour for kids only. No prior reservation is needed for either tours.
The Zip Lining park is located within the Macqueripe Beach Facility, which offers secured parking, a small snacks outlet and restrooms (TT$2 per use). There is also a restroom at the ZIP-ITT building for their customers, at no cost.
Entry to the beach facility with a vehicle is TT$20 and there aren't additional costs to enjoy the beach itself.
I hope you enjoy both My video and Tips below.
TIPS: BEFORE GOING ZIP LINING
- Some facilities operates on a-reservation basis only, some don’t. Verify which it is for the park you’re interested in signing up with.
- Certain medical conditions can restrict someone from practicing such activity include but are not limited to: heart conditions, past neck or back injuries, high blood pressure, pregnancy, severe fear of height, seizures. Expect to sign a Waiver Form.
- Verify the Minimum age, as well as the minimum and maximum weight allowed at the park.
- Check the park’s policy on kids supervision during the tour.
- Wear closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing which allow for ease of movement, are required.
- Avoid wearing jewelry/accessories, which could get tangled up during the activity. Wear your hair in a ponytail.
- Empty your pants pockets prior to getting geared up.
- Ensure you use the restroom PRIOR to gearing up, as once the tour starts, you won’t be able to relieve yourself until after you zipped through the last cable.
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