18 Most Thrilling Ziplines in the Americas

by Vanessa Wanders Miles

Punta Cana ziplining over jungle in Dominican RepublicIf you are chasing your next adrenaline rush on your travels, gliding down a zip wire is the perfect way to admire the incredible landscapes from above.

Discover the most thrilling ziplines in the Americas as experienced by travel bloggers who loved to zip through jungles in South America, volcanoes in Central America, mountains in North America, and ocean views in the Caribbean. Are you excited to fly?


MOST THRILLING ZIPLINES IN NORTH AMERICA


UMAUMA FALLS ZIPLINE | HAWAII

One of the fastest and most fun zip line experiences to do on the Big Island of Hawaii is located at the Hamakua coastline on the Umauma falls zipline experience. Going through a variety of canyons traversing Uma Uma canyon and the gorgeous waterfalls is really the highlight of doing this fabulous tour.  You go through beautiful and lush countryside, canyons, waterfalls, and even wonderful ocean views from above on this entire experience.

The zipline experience goes through 9 long lines and 14 waterfalls in total. You take a van uphill through lush grassy terrain and at the first point on top, receive a variety of training lessons with an easy start on the first two ziplines before they become more challenging and then traverse through the canyons and waterfalls below.

After the tour, you can walk around the grounds or even upgrade to a waterfall tour or atv rides in the rest of the property grounds. The Umauma experience is worth the effort for the fun and scenery you’ll have on this zipline tour.

HOW TO REACH UMAUMA FALLS ZIPLINE

The Umauma Falls experience is located on the Hamakua coast at Umauma Falls which is about 15 miles west of Hilo town. Getting to the falls can be done on a tour or you can drive yourself on the wonderful coastal drive skirting the beautiful Hamakua Falls. Easy access and parking at the entrance make this fast, easy to check it and also lounge in the welcome center with beautiful views of the waterfalls and the ziplines flying above and into the final stop.

TRIP PLANNING TO BIG ISLAND | HAWAII

It really is an exhilarating experience passing quickly through these lush rainforest canyons at really fast speeds but with a lot of safety in mind. // Noel from Oahu Travel Now

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XPLOR PARK ZIPLINE | MEXICO

When researching your next thrilling Zip Lining location, you might want to look at the Xplor Park near Playa Del Carman in Mexico. There are fourteen different zip lines on two separate circuits and a massive 2.4 miles (3.8 KLM) of the area to fly through the air. Sounds too good to be true?

Feel the freedom of wind in your hair, flying as high as 45 metres above the ground and speeds up to 19 mph ( 30 Kph). Imagine Zip lining through forests, waterfalls and ending in the waterholes of the amazing cenotes. This makes the Xplor Park unique and one of the most popular Zip Lines in Mexico.

The cost is about $120US for the entire day. Although, this also includes the rest of Xplor’s activities like the amphibious vehicle, river rafting through cenotes, and swimming in beautiful caves.

HOW TO REACH XPLOR PARK ZIPLINE

Xplor is located about 10 minutes south, outside the city of Playa Del Carmen, in the Quintana Roo region. Transportation is simple with either hotel pickup, organising a taxi, or driving to the Park yourself.

TRIP PLANNING TO PLAYA DEL CARMEN | MEXICO

The Xplor Park has a brilliant way to add extra excitement, and uniqueness to Zip Lining. // Chris from The Aquarius Traveller

Xplor Park Zipline in Mexico


CATALINA ISLAND ZIPLINE | CALIFORNIA

Catalina Island, just off the coast of Southern California, is a top vacation destination for both California locals and tourists alike. Avalon, the main port city, has a small-town feel and is just about an hour’s boat ride away from Long Beach, California. The island has great hikes, warm beaches, and awesome snorkeling spots, but, most importantly, Catalina is home to one of the most thrilling ziplines in the Americas.  

The Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour gives visitors everything they are looking for in their vacation: amazing views, a bit of thrill, and a chance to learn about local wildlife. The zipline’s start and end location are near Descanso Beach Club, a perfect place for a celebration dinner after the experience.  

The zip line tour starts at 600 feet and consists of 5 different ziplines descending down. Visitors will find themselves reaching speeds of 35 miles per hour as they zip over dense groves of trees with ocean views. The Catalina Island Zip Line Eco tour is 2 hours long but creates memories that will last a lifetime.  

HOW TO REACH CATALINA ISLAND ZIPLINE

Catalina Island can only be reached by boat, and, once on the island, pretty much everything touristy is within walking distance of central Avalon. The zip line starting point is near the Descanso Beach Club, which is about a 10-minute walk from central Avalon.

TRIP PLANNING CATALINA ISLAND | CALIFORNIA

 

Descending down 5 different zip lines over eucalyptus groves with the Pacific Ocean in the background was an unforgettable experience. // Olivia from the Girl With Blue Sails

Catalina Island Zipline in California


MANITOU SPRINGS ZIPLINE | COLORADO

Head to Manitou Springs, Colorado to find Adventures Out West, home to one of the most thrilling zip lines around the world!  The zip line course in Manitou Springs is a natural terrain course that has visitors running and jumping right off the side of the canyon’s cliffside! This adrenaline-pumping course takes you on lines that range in length from 225 feet to 650 feet in length.  In addition to that, you are soaring over the canyon at an elevation of 6500 feet! 

HOW TO REACH MANITOU SPRINGS ZIPLINE

The zip line location is an easy drive just outside of Colorado Springs.  Once you arrive, you are greeted by staff from Adventures Out West, and they whisk you up the hillside in their 4-wheel drive vehicles to the zip line course.  You receive a safety course and your safety equipment before embarking on your first jump off the side of the canyon.  

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This really is a once-in-a-lifetime zip-line experience! // Michelle from That Texas Couple


BRANSON ZIPLINE | WOLFE MOUNTAIN, MISSOURI

Branson Zipline at Wolfe Creek Preserve which is just 7 miles north of Branson on US 65. It is a perfect place for some of the premier Eco-Adventure experiences for all ages from 7 to 90. The tour begins with 10-minute guidelines to Zipline safety, once the participants get comfortable with the guide, they are taken from Wolfe Creek Station to the top of Wolfe Mountain.

The zipline adventure consists of 7 ziplines,10 sky bridges, and a 40-foot dynamite drop.  One can explore trek through swinging suspension bridges, cross walkways covered in the canopy, and much more here. All the guides are Association for Challenge Course Technology (ACCT)-accredited which ensures that you are in safe hands.

HOW TO REACH BRANSON ZIPLINE

This zipline is 7 miles from Branson towards the north of it on the US 65 highway. You can take a flight to reach Springfield Mo airport from where one can take a cab. From Branson renting a car or shuttles are also the options.

TRIP PLANNING WOLFE MOUNTAIN | MISSOURI

 

We personally enjoyed the Free Fall express from the Ozark explorer a lot.It gives you great adrenalin rush. // Utkarsh from Journeys From Heart


OCALA ZIPLINE | FLORIDA

A very unexpected and thrilling zipline can be found in Ocala, Florida at Zip the Canyons. This is truly a unique experience because the terrain is nothing like what you’d expect to find in Florida. There are two canyons and four spring-fed lakes and the ziplines go through and over all of it!

The zips are as high as 155 feet and reach up to 1,100 feet long. The Big Cliff Canyon Tour has 9 ziplines, two sky bridges, and a rappel from the last platform. The scenery is breathtaking! Zipping through the canopy is quite spectacular because the trees are so lush and green. The tour takes about 2.5 hours and at the end you are handed a certificate and you have a chance to buy photos that are taken during the tour.

HOW TO REACH OCALA ZIPLINE

Getting to The Canyons is easy to do. It’s just outside of town and has plenty of parking. Also, if someone in your group doesn’t feel comfortable ziplining, The Canyons also offers horseback riding, wine and chocolate tours, and kayak tours.

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We loved this zipline because the landscape was so different from what you normally see in Florida. // Vicky from Buddy The Traveling Monkey

Ocala zipline in Florida, USA


GATORLAND ZIPLINE | FLORIDA

Definitely not the longest zip line experience nor the fastest but for a different thrill check out the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line at Gatorland in Florida. The uniqueness and highlight of this zip line ride is flying over pools of alligators and crocodiles, including the Alligator Breeding Marsh at the end—where your dangling feet are closest to the 130 giant gators below. You will definitely want to tuck your legs.

The highest Screamin’ Gator zip line platform is 65 feet high, the longest line is 500 feet, and top speed is over 30 MPH. There are five total zip lines and one is handicap accessible. The $70 price to ride the zip line includes Gatorland admission. Look for discounted tickets from Visit Orlando and other sources.

HOW TO REACH GATORLAND

Riding Screamin’ Gator is one of the most fun things to do in Kissimmee and all of Central Florida. Gatorland is about a 15-minute drive from the Orlando airport, downtown Kissimmee, or the major theme parks. Bus #108 is a great option from downtown Kissimmee and only takes 22 minutes.

TRIP PLANNING TO GATORLAND | FLORIDA

 

Of course, I felt a little anxious zip lining across water with crocs and gators. But it was exhilarating. // Charles McCool from McCool Travel


BEST ZIPLINES IN CANADA


SASQUATCH ZIPLINE | WHISTLER

The Sasquatch zipline is the longest in Canada and the USA. Located in Whistler, British Columbia, the Sasquatch Zipline in WhistlerSasquatch spans over 1.2 miles or 2 kms and over 7,000 feet or 2.1km. Travel to and from the zipline is equally exhilarating with gondola and lift rides over spectacular scenery filled with soaring snow-capped mountains, thousands of trees, and beautiful lakes and rivers below. 

The Sasquatch zipline is only one of several ziplines offered by Ziptrek Ecotours. You can make a day of going on all of them if you want. Beyond this, there are countless things to do in Whistler in the summer that would make any vacation there remarkable and amazing.

HOW TO REACH SASQUATCH ZIPLINE

Sasquatch zipline in Whistler is 134 km or about a two-hour drive from Vancouver. If driving is not an option, there are regular buses to Whistler from downtown Vancouver or the airport.

TRIP PLANNING TO WHISTLER | CANADA

 

The actual experience is mind numbing and terrifying! Taking that initial step off the platform into a sheer drop thousands of feet in the air takes courage or foolishness – not sure which one. However, once you take that leap, it is an absolutely wild and freeing experience that you don’t want to end. // Nicole from Go Far Grow Close


SUPERFLY ZIPLINE | WHISTLER

Racing down each of the Superfly Ziplines in Whistler is sure to make you feel like you are a superhero flying through the sky.

Your journey will take you across four ziplines; two of the four make the list for Canada’s longest ziplines! On each ride, you will travel down a 1.3KM max length line, 200m (over 600 feet) off the ground, and reach speeds of up to 100 km/hour. It is sure to get your adrenaline pumping! The scenery in Whistler Valley is gorgeous, making the flights breathtaking in more ways than one.

The best part of this zipline experience is that all are dual-cord, so you can race a friend to the end every time!

HOW TO REACH SUPERFLY ZIPLINE

Down one of the most beautiful drives in the world, the Sea to Sky Highway, you will find the adventure paradise of Whistler, BC. To get to Whistler from Vancouver, the best way is to drive. However, some busses make the trip from Vancouver.

Superfly Ziplines is located 10 minutes north of Whistler. To get to the first zipline, you get to travel up Rainbow Mountain in an ATV; making the experience extra exciting.

TRIP PLANNING TO WHISTLER | CANADA

 

Superfly Ziplines is a thrill you will not want to pass up. Whistler is a fabulous place to zipline, with its stunning Whistler Valley backcountry as the backdrop. You are sure to have an action-packed and fun-filled time flying through the sky! // Debbie from World Adventurists

Superfly zipline in Whistler, Canada


WILDPLAY NIAGARA ZIPLINE | CANADA

One of the thrilling ziplines in the world is at Niagara Falls. The Wildplay zipline located in Niagara Falls, Canada is an adventure ride over the Niagara gorge. The zipline begins from Falls at the Marketplace at the Canada side and ends at the observation deck at the base of the Horseshoe Falls with mist flying by. 

There are 4 parallel zip lines running over the gorge at a height of 67 meters with panoramic views of Niagara Falls soaring for 670 meters. Taking a thrilling zipline ride at Niagara Falls is one of the best things to do in Niagara Falls Canada.

The best part is that even kids 7 years or older can even take this fun ride. The rider sits comfortably with hands spread out. It just feels as if you are flying over the gorge. 

The price for a single ride is Canadian $69.99 with an Early Bird price of $49.99. The ride takes about 30 mins – 1 hour. The ride can be enjoyed during the day and even at night with the views of illuminated Niagara Falls.

HOW TO REACH NIAGARA ZIPLINE

The nearest airport is Buffalo -Niagara International Airport on the US side which is 30 mins away from Niagara Falls. While the airports in Hamilton and Toronto are nearest to the Canadian side. The easiest is to rent a car or drive in your own car to reach Niagara Falls. 

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Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all // Neha from Travel Melodies

Niagara Falls zipline in Canada


BEST ZIPLINES IN CARRIBEAN


PUNTA CANA ZIPLINE | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

The Punta Cana zipline at Scape Park Cap Cana can be considered as one of the best ziplines in the world. It features 12 cables, among them a couple of ocean view cables and one of the fastest cables in the Dominican Republic, where speeds of more than 30 mph can be reached.

Thanks to the adjacent rock formation with a height of more than 100 feet, the zipline is covering some serious inclines as well. However, what makes this zipline unique is that the last cable is ending in a pool, sending you full speed into the water. Unlimited fun is guaranteed and you can be sure to get soaking wet as well – perfect to cool down from the tropical temperatures in the Dominican Republic.

HOW TO REACH PUNTA CANA ZIPLINE

This Punta Cana zipline is located at Scape Park Cap Cana in the east of the Dominican Republic. Access is only possible with a full-day pass for Scape Park, which comes with many further amenities and facilities, such as artificial waterfalls, a guided tour through a cave, cultural impressions and access to the famous Hoyo Azul, the blue lagoon of Punta Cana. The easiest way to get there is by booking a full-day tour, as transfers from your accommodation in Punta Cana are included in this case.

TRIP PLANNING TO PUNTA CANA | DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

 

It is the most thrilling zipline in Punta Cana and the best choice for all adventure seekers. // Chris from Punta Casa Travel Blog

Punta Cana Zipline in Domican Republic


BEST ZIPLINES IN CENTRAL AMERICA


SELVATURA PARK ZIPLINE | COSTA RICA

Selvatura Park is located in the high-altitude cloud forests near Monteverde in northern Costa Rica. This is a scenic, densely forested and mountainous landscape devoid of large cities. There are 13 ziplines at Selvatura Park which start at a low height and length and gradually increase in difficulty. The final zipline, high above the cloud forest, is a staggering 1 kilometre long. Visitors can spend the whole day at Selvatura Park as it also offers hiking trails, a butterfly and hummingbird garden and hanging bridge walks.

HOW TO REACH SELVATURA PARK

Monteverde can be reached by car and public bus. From Monteverde, take a taxi or self-drive the narrow, winding roads to Selvatura Park. Several tourist booths in Monteverde and neighbouring Santa Elena sell packages to Selvatura Park that include transport to and from the ziplines. 

TRIP PLANNING TO SELVATURA PARK | COSTA RICA

 

‘flying’ above such a rare, undeveloped eco system was an incredible experience made all the more special because I got to share it with my three children who completed the course with their own guide. It was an unforgettable highlight of our family trip to Costa Rica. // Sinead from Map Made Memories


LA FORTUNA ZIPLINE | COSTA RICA

Not only is La Fortuna Costa Rica an adventure lover’s dream, but it also has spectacular natural backdrops that enhance the zip line activities you do there.

La Fortuna is home to the Arenal volcano and accordingly, this natural wonder will become the central point of many things you do on your Costa Rica Itinerary. Have you ever zip-lined within a national park of an iconic volcano? Well, you can at the Arenal Eco Glide park.

Arenal Eco Glide park is a fantastic location for ziplining through the dense Costa Rican rainforest. Firstly, there are 12 different canopy cables that zip you through the rainforest at lengths up to 430 meters. Best of all though, you can also experience the thrilling tarzan swing reaching up to 12 metres in height.

HOW TO REACH ARENAL ECO GLIDE PARK

Transport is typically included if you book this experience in advance, otherwise, its location in the heart of Arenal national park is easy to get to by taxi. A fun open-top truck will then take you to the canopies, and the adventure begins.

TRIP PLANNING TO LA FORTUNA | COSTA RICA

 

The tarzan swing both terrified me, while giving me one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life. // Kerry from VeggTravel

Zipline at La Fortuna, Costa Rica


SAN IGNACIO ZIPLINE | BELIZE

San Ignacio is a town in western Belize Cayo District that is popular among backpackers and those travelers who want to experience Belize culture.

Surrounded by the lush jungle, San Ignacio is located a short drive away from the Guatemala border and offers quick access to some of the most beautiful scenery in Belize with waterfalls, caves, Mayan ruins, and crystal clear pools. 

Some of the most popular spots for zip lining are Nohoch Che’en Caves Branch National Park (also known as Caves Branch) and Calico Jack’s Belize Jungle Canopy and Ziplining near San Ignacio, where you can also hang out in a jungle swing over a canyon. Ziplines begin at timber platforms located at varying heights and each course has several lines. 

HOW TO REACH SAN IGNACIO ZIPLINE

The easiest way to get to Nohoch Che’en is by renting a car at the airport in Belize City, however, you can also take a chicken bus, get off in Belmopan, and take a quick taxi to the entrance of the park. 

TRIP PLANNING TO SAN IGNACIO | BELIZE

 

The San Ignacio is a perfect place for ziplining thanks to its lush vegetation and postcard-like vistas. // Daria from The Discovery Nut


BARÚ VOLCANO ZIPLINE | PANAMA

Located on an active volcano at 2400m over sea level and surrounded by lush green cloud forests in one of the most biodiverse locations in the planet, is the Barú Volcano zipline in the town of Boquete, Panama. This zipline is the only one in the world that is located on an active volcano, inside the Barú Volcano National Park.

The zipline consists of 8 lines, with stunning views of surrounding mountains, clouds and on a clear day, views of the Pacific Ocean. Because of the high volcanic altitude, you have clouds right in front of you. It reaches a speed of up to 75 km/h and 550m in length. 

HOW TO REACH BARÚ VOLCANO ZIPLINE

To get to the Barú Volcano zipline, the company which runs the zipline (named Finca el Oasis) will pick you up in their own private bus in the center of the town of Boquete in Panama. From there, you’ll be driven to the Baru Volcano National Park, in which you will then enter the privately-owned Finca El Oasis Estate where you can do the zipline.

You can get to the town of Boquete by driving 6 hours by car from Panama City or taking a short 30 min flight. Driving 6 hours by car from Panama City in your own rental car is the recommended option (and it is what most locals do) as it’ll allow you to explore all of the beautiful Chiriquí region, where Boquete is located.  

TRIP PLANNING TO BOQUETE | PANAMA

 

I loved this zipline because of the stunning views, the unique volcanic setting and altitude, the pleasant 17C weather, beautiful cloud forests, and the fact that I was at such a high altitude that the clouds were both in front of me and below me.  // The Culture Portrait

Baru Volcano zipline in Panama


BEST ZIPLINES IN SOUTH AMERICA


MINDO ZIPLINE | ECUADOR

Deep in the heart of the cloud forest in Ecuador, ziplining is easily the highlight of the many incredible activities in Mindo, the small adventure sports town nestled between the mountains outside of Quito. Mindo ziplines cut across the mountains high above the cloud forest canopy, and offer a fantastic chance for spotting hummingbirds and other exotic creatures along the way; plus, guides love pointing out features and you walk from line to time. Participants can choose between completing a circuit of 3 lines or 10 lines, with the 10-line circuit spanning over 3600 meters.

HOW TO REACH MINDO ZIPLINE

Mindo is easily accessible from Quito by frequent public buses. Once in Mindo, the Mindo Canopy Ziplines tour office on the main road through this small town will help you register for ziplining and transport you by a pickup truck about 15 minutes through the mountains to the start of the lines.

TRIP PLANNING TO MINDO | ECUADOR

 

With shorter options for new or hesitant zipliners and a full 10-line circuit above the jungle canopy for the more adrenaline seeking, ziplining in Mindo is a must when visiting Ecuador, and an unforgettable way to experience this beautiful corner of the country.  // Carley from Home to Havana

Mindo Zipline in Ecuador


TOBIA ZIPLINE | COLOMBIA

There are several agencies around the small town of Tobia, Colombia where tours can be booked. The tour guides drive the group to a spot on the mountain where they must then make a short but steep walk to get up to the zipline. The zipline itself is approximately 200 metres high and has a length of 1200 metres, although it is 2 segments. It is also extremely fast at about 50 miles per hour, which is really fast when hanging from so high.

HOW TO REACH TOBIA ZIPLINE

The town of Tobia is 2.5 hour car drive from the capital of Bogotá, Colombia. However, if you’re taking a bus, it can take about 4 hours as the bus tends to make a few stops. Also, the bus drivers fill the buses beyond capacity so there are likely to be many people standing on all sides of you.

TRIP PLANNING TO TOBIA | COLOMBIA

 

The view is absolutely stunning as the zipline crosses a river below where many enjoy rafting and it definitely gets the heart pumping! // Venaugh

Tobia Zipline IN Colombia, South America


RIO JURAMENTO | ARGENTINA

Go zip-lining over the Rio Juramento, in the Salta Province of Argentina, and your future experiences with zip lines will be ruined as nothing will ever compare to that. While most people that visit this part of the country go there to enjoy the beauty of the Quebradas and the wine region of Cafayate, people in search of adrenaline will definitely find what they are looking for. 

The zip lines over the Rio Juramento will literally give you the impression of flying, and at quite a speed! There is a total of 9 zip lines. You will start with a shorter one for training, but the peak is 700 meters (2,296 feet) one which goes from one side of the canyon to the other, flying 200 meters (656 feet) above the river. The views during the flight are incredible – provided you can keep your eyes open!

To add to the experience, you can join rafting expeditions and the Asado – a proper Argentine-style bbq. The overall cost for a day of ziplining, rafting and Asado, including transport from Salta, is $65. It’s a steal, considering what you get. 

HOW TO REACH RIO JURAMENTO ZIPLINE

Monteverde can be reached by car and public bus. From Monteverde, take a taxi or self-drive the narrow, winding roads to Selvatura Park. Several tourist booths in Monteverde and neighbouring Santa Elena sell packages to Selvatura Park that include transport to and from the ziplines. 

TRIP PLANNING TO RIO JURAMENTO | ARGENTINA

‘flying’ above such a rare, undeveloped eco system was an incredible experience made all the more special because I got to share it with my three children who completed the course with their own guide. It was an unforgettable highlight of our family trip to Costa Rica. // Sinead from Map Made Memories

Rio Juramento zipline in Argentina


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