This post was updated 8/2/2016 and now shares the top 10 longest zip lines in the world and not just 5.
One thing I’m trying to do more of this year is experience a little more adventure travel. Sight seeing is cool for a while and museums are good for rainy days, but I miss a good ole’ adrenaline rush like when my parents let me go to extreme sports camp for two weeks. I begged them to let me go and I ended up messing up my tail bone and broke my hand, oh well (shame on them!)
I think the controlled chaos of a zip line would be more my speed these days, so here are the 5 longest zip lines in the world. Check them out!
10. The Kapohokine Zipline – Hilo, Hawaii
Situated nearby the city of Hilo on the big island of Hawaii, The Kapohokine zip line spans an impressive 3,400 feet and at its highest, 160 feet above the tropical forest below. When riding, you fly right over the Umauma Falls as well as 14 other waterfalls along the way. See here for good hotels in Oahu near the Kapohokine Zipline.
9. Mi Universo Zip Line – Cali, Colombia
The largest zip line in South America, and the 4th longest in the world is the Mi Universo Zip Line located just outside Cali, Colombia. It spans almost 4,000 feet and is over 600 feet from the ground at its highest point. Top speed is around 50 MPH. Here are some hotels in Cali near the Mi Universo Zipline.
8. Toro Verde Adventure Park (La Bestia) – Orocovis, Puerto Rico
Located in lush and beautiful Orocovis, Puerto Rico, The Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park “La Bestia” zip line stretches an impressive 4,745 feet! It is also considered the highest zip line in the world at over 900 feet from the ground below. You have the option of either riding sitting down or superman style. Toro Verde Adventure Park is located in the middle of Puerto rico, so if you don’t feel like traveling a long time to get there and back, check out some hotels in Orocovis near by.
7. Icy Strait Point Zip Rider – Hoonah, Alaska
Situated in painfully beautiful Hoonah, Alaska in the southern part of the state, the Icy Strait Point Zip Racer will sure to put shivers down your spine, not from the frigid weather but from the jaw dropping 24 degree grade and amazing snow capped mountain views. This bad boy sports 6 cables side-by-side and also the highest zipline ride with a vertical drop of over 1300 feet. A few cruises stop at Icy Straight Point including one from Celebrity and Royal Caribbean, so the best thing to do is look for cheap flights to either Vancouver, Canada or Anchorage, Alaska and hop onto one of the ships heading to Hoonah. The zip line is over a mile long (5,330 feet to be exact) and last over 90 seconds. You can also look for hotels in Hoonah and nearby as well.
6. The Unreal Zip 2000 – Sun City, South Africa
Formerly known as the Pronutro Zip Line, the world’s former longest zip line in 2012 has since fallen five spots to #6. However, it is still a beast at over 6,561 feet long, allowing daredevils to soar down it at speeds of well over 100 miles per hour! If you’re looking for somewhere close to stay near the Unreal Zip 2000, check out hotels in Sun City.
5. Crimean Hawk – Sudak, Crimea, Russia
If you are traveling to Russia, take a trip down the Crimean Hawk. Located in the resort city of Sudak on the Crimean peninsula, it will provide a thrilling alternative to lying on the beach or exploring Genoese fortresses. It spans 6,631 feet in length, giving an average ride that lasts over a minute. Check here for Hotels in Sudak nearby the Crimean Hawk Zip Line.
4. The Eye of the Jaguar Zip Line – Sacred Valley, Peru
Coming in just shy of 7,000 feet, riding The Eye of the Jaguar zip line is the perfect way to inject some adrenaline into your Peruvian holiday. While there is only one cable to ride here, the thrill of soaring above the gorgeous landscape of the Sacred Valley at speeds topping 60 miles per hour will make up for it. The closest town is Maras and the bigger town of Urubamba is not far away either. See here for hotels in Maras.
3. Volo dell’ Angelo Zip Line – Rocca Massima, Italy
Meaning ‘the Flight of the Angel’ in English, you will feel like a supernatural being after soaring through the sky at speeds approaching 70 miles per hour. The Volo dell’ Angelo zip line links two villages at opposite ends of a mountain valley in the Dolomites, with a line going each way. At only €30 for a return ticket, it is one of the cheaper thrills you can buy while in Italy! If you’d like to stay near the zipline, check for hotels in Rocca Massima.
2. Toro Verde Adventure Park (El Monstruo) – Orocovis, Puerto Rico
Briefly dubbed the world’s longest zip line before being eclipsed by our new champion, El Monstruo will take guests for a ride they won’t soon forget. With over 7,590 feet to cover, and its launching point being an unfathomable 1,200 feet above the ground, I wouldn’t blame you if your heart skipped a beat before pushing off.
Every flight you take will also result in a donation to the Ricky Martin Foundation. They work to combat human trafficking, so swallow your fear and ride El Monstruo for a good cause. Here are some hotels in Orocovis near the zip line.
1. Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre – Copper Canyon, Mexico
Topping our list is the zip line at Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre. Located in Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon, sprawling at over 8,350 feet long (more than a mile and a half!), and with a 17% grade that drops you almost 1,500 feet, it is possible to hit speeds of 84 mph or faster! Gotta love Mexico! If you’re looking for a place to stay next to the longest zipline in the world, then check out some hotels in Copper Canyon.