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Home > Interests & Activities > Extreme Sports > Rapelling, Climbing & Zip Lining
There’s ziplining – and then there’s ziplining in Puerto Rico. The former consists of hooking yourself onto a pulley suspended from a steel cable and soaring through the open air.
The Puerto Rico version, the longest in the Central America, will have you flying over green valleys, lush forest canopies, and even in near-pitch dark across a swift-moving underground river.
In Puerto Rico, you can visit a zipline park or combine it with a day of adventure that includes rappelling, caving, hiking and more. You can try a conventional zipline, in which you hang vertically suspended, or take on “The Beast,” in which you fly horizontally like Superman.
We offer the perfect setting for the sport; rugged mountains, near-perfect year-round temperatures, and experienced professionals who practice the highest safety standards in the business. All we need is your sense of adventure.
Located in Orocovis, Toro Verde is a zipline park unlike any other. It has more ziplines than any other park in Puerto Rico, and one of these is the second-longest zipline in the world. And then there’s La Bestia, or “The Beast.” On this ride, you strap into a harness, facing the valley floor 853 feet below, and almost literally fly out into the open sky on a journey almost 4,745 feet long.
A German-Rican Meal
On your way back from Toro Verde, stop by Casa Bavaria for an authentic Puerto Rican or German lunch. This Morovis institution also offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
Toro Verde is known for its ziplines, but you can also enjoy a variety of outdoor adventures here, including rappelling, hiking and navigating rope bridges.
When Toro Verde opened, it was listed in Travel & Leisure as one of the world’s coolest new attractions.
The Toro Negro State Forest is one of the natural jewels of Puerto Rico. Spread across the second-highest peak in the Cordillera Central mountain range (about 1,000 feet higher than El Yunque), it’s a destination that lends itself well to ecotourism. And with Acampa Nature Adventure Tours the adventure includes six ziplines through the forest, across waterfalls and canyons. It’s an aerial thrill-ride that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
A Day in the Forest
With Acampa, ziplines are only one part of the fun of experiencing Toro Negro. Expect river hikes, mountain climbing and swimming during this excursion.
Adventure touring can build up a hearty appetite. Fortunately, Acampa ends the trip with a buffet-style homemade lunch.
If one zipline just isn’t enough, ask about Acampa’s zipline rainforest tour in Mucaro, a private reserve located 40 minutes from San Juan.
El Yunque is a peaceful rainforest, but if you want to know its more adventurous side, book a tour with Aventuras Tierra Adentro. After a thorough orientation, you’ll find yourself hiking to one of a series of ziplines that take you down a deep valley. You’ll also rappel your way down until you reach the mouth of a subterranean river. But ziplining is only part of this adventure. You’ll also swim and hike your way beneath the surface to a subterranean zipline platform. It’s a short, exhilarating flight in near-total darkness to the other side.
Not for the Faint of Heart
Aventuras Tierra Adentro is hard-core adventuring. While no prior experience is necessary, you should be in good health before signing up.
A Full Day
Plan for a full day’s adventure at El Yunque, beginning with an early morning pickup in San Juan and lasting the full day.
Panadería Pit Stop
Along the way to El Yunque, you’ll stop at a local bakery, or panadería. It’s a good idea to stock up for lunch with a Puerto Rican sandwich like a medianoche or a tripleta.
The Tanamá River
Located in the central region, west of San Juan and well off the beaten path, Utuado gives you the arboreal beauty of El Yunque without the crowds. It also offers an exciting eco-excursion with Batey Zipline Adventures. Eight ziplines form an aerial network over forest canopies and the Tanamá River. You’ll also visit a cave, rappel, cross a suspension bridge, and even take a look at petroglyphs left behind by the Taíno Indians.
The Caguana Indigenous Ceremonial Park
If you’re in Utuado, don’t miss a visit to this small but important archaeological site, once a major ceremonial center for the pre-Columbian Taíno Indians.
Located a short drive from Utuado is Lares, one of the most historic towns in Puerto Rico. Visit the spot where, in 1868 a local rebellion galvanized the people of Puerto Rico against colonial rule.
Weather You Will or Won’t
In Puerto Rico’s interior, the weather is always a factor. Remember that your tour may be modified depending on rain and other factors, to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable experience.
La Marquesa Forest Reserve
Guaynabo, which is part of Metropolitan San Juan, is a large municipality and a place with deep historical roots. The first Spanish settlement in Puerto Rico was established here. And speaking of firsts, it’s also the destination for a zipline adventure designed by The Original Canopy Tour, the company that created the canopy tour concept in Costa Rica. The pioneers of the sport bring their unique concept to the Marquesa Forest Reserve, which offers 600 acres of pristine natural beauty. You’ll get to admire this lush landscape from above as you soar from tree to tree on eight ziplines.
If time is an issue, this is one of the closest ziplining excursions for visitors in San Juan. The forest is only about 20 minutes away from the city by car.
Conservation and Education
Like all zipline companies in Puerto Rico, The Original Canopy Tour places an emphasis on environmental conservation. Ask them about their efforts to promote sustainable tourism.
A must-visit destination in Guaynabo is the town of Caparra, the first Spanish settlement in Puerto Rico. Founded by Ponce de León in 1508, it was abandoned after a few years as the Spanish moved on to San Juan. You can visit the ruins of Ponce de León’s original home here.
Hacienda Campo Rico
Located just outside San Juan, Hacienda Campo Rico has been designed for those who love the outdoors. Among the many activities and excursions you can enjoy here is a zipline adventure. This tour, brought to you by Ecoquest, will also have you rappelling, bridging, caving and kayaking. And they’ll even throw in a homemade Puerto Rican lunch.
Beyond the zipline
Hacienda Campo Rico is a nature-lover’s playground. In addition to its ziplines, you can horseback ride, hop on an ATV tour or an amphibious 8x8 vehicle, go fishing, or even sign up for a golf academy.
A Unique Meeting Space
Hacienda Campo Rico isn’t just for outdoor adventurers. The elegant hacienda also makes a beautiful setting for banquets, weddings and other events.
Hacienda Campo Rico is located in the municipality of Carolina. Nearby lies the rustic oceanfront retreat of Piñones, where you’ll find a cluster of terrific local eateries and miles of golden beaches to enjoy.