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My Panama Zipline Experience in the Mountains of Boquete, Panama

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I am very lucky to live in a place with so many great activities! Not only is Boquete beautiful, but it has also become a huge spot for eco-adventure tours. Everything from white water rafting to botanical/medicinal plant tours to hiking a volcano can be found here!

The cloud-forest surrounding the town of Boquete is known by many as Panama's eco-adventure capital.  I've been lucky enough to call it my home for a couple of years already.
The cloud-forest surrounding the town of Boquete is known by many as Panama's eco-adventure capital. I've been lucky enough to call it my home for a couple of years already.

The Zipline Tour in Boquete is offered through Boquete Tree Trek and was the first zipline in Boquete. At a total length of 3.5 km, it is the second longest zipline tour in Central America! You definitely get your money’s worth.


My ziplining experience with Boquete Tree Trek

Plus, the Boquete Tree Trek staff is a pleasure to work with. They have experienced guides who value safety above all else. But they like to have fun and want to make sure that you are having a great time too! All of the guides speak English (some better than others), but it’s a great opportunity to practice your Spanish too!

I would say I’m on the more cautious side, but the Zipline is something that I can definitely handle. I did my first Zipline tour with my family in the North Georgia mountains in 2010. My time finally came to try out the Boquete Canopy Tour and it did NOT disappoint!!
I would say I’m on the more cautious side, but the Zipline is something that I can definitely handle. I did my first Zipline tour with my family in the North Georgia mountains in 2010. My time finally came to try out the Boquete Canopy Tour and it did NOT disappoint!!

I went on the 8am tour, though they have 3 tours per day during the high season (January - April). The 8am tour is your best bet to avoid the “bajareque” (mist/light rain common in Boquete's highlands).

Maybe the worst part about the whole tour is getting up to the summit where the Boquete Tree Trek lodge and hotel is located. It’s a long and bumpy ride in the back of a big truck (with cushioned seats and windows) straight up the mountain. Thankfully the trucks are equipped for difficult trips like that, but it made all of us a bit nervous when we saw the inclines that the truck had to climb!

It's quite clever how they've adapted the truck to comfortably and safely transport zipline clients.
It's quite clever how they've adapted the truck to comfortably and safely transport zipline clients.

You arrive to a beautiful wooden lodge and restaurant where you are given time to use the bathroom and then make your way to get harnessed-up.

Don’t stress about bringing your camera and possibly losing it during the tour. One of the guides will take pictures of everyone during the tour (including a really cool video!) and burn all of the pictures onto a CD for purchase ($10.70). You can still bring your camera and other valuables to the summit and lock it in a secure box for $1.

Yes, everyone is a bit nervous before starting their zipline canopy tour experience!
Yes, everyone is a bit nervous before starting their zipline canopy tour experience!

After getting the harnesses on and receiving a detailed safety talk and demonstration, you are driven about 10 more minutes to the trail leading to the first station. From here you walk 5 minutes to get to the station. This is your last chance to turn back!

Hey, if the little kids can do the zipline, you can too!
Hey, if the little kids can do the zipline, you can too!

It’s normal to feel a little scared during your first Zipline experience. Thankfully with Boquete Tree Trek, your safety is their #1 priority. They make sure that you have the equipment properly harnessed and they explain in detail exactly how the tour works before starting. They have emergency measures in place in case you are going too fast and need help slowing down. I felt perfectly safe the entire time and when I had a moment of doubt, they made me feel better by explaining exactly what was going to happen and reassuring me that it was going to be ok. I also encourage you to scream as loud as you want to get the nerves out! You are in a cloud-forest after all!

Even though we were way up high, the Tree Trek guides made us feel very safe!
Even though we were way up high, the Tree Trek guides made us feel very safe!

There are 13 stations in total, 12 ziplines. At the beginning, the cables zigzag over a river where you can see waterfalls and the beautiful forest. Then you come to the longest line (over 1km!), which takes you over the lodge area where you entered. You zigzag again across the manicured grounds until finally arriving back where you first harnessed up at the lodge. And you can breathe a sigh of relief to be on firm ground again!

Nothing beats the adrenaline of the very first time you really get some speed going on the zipline
Nothing beats the adrenaline of the very first time you really get some speed going on the zipline

Even though I didn’t know anyone else on the tour with me, everyone was so nice and friendly. By the end, we were laughing and sharing stories like good friends. :) There was a mix of Americans, Panamanians and Dutch on my particular tour. I loved that a Panamanian family came with us and it’s evident that their children loved the tour (though their mom backed out of the tour on the first station!).

Even if you're going by yourself, it's really easy to get to know the rest of the group as you all will be facing the same challenges. As an Habla Ya student, you'll easily be able to convince a couple of classmates to join you for this adventure!
Even if you're going by yourself, it's really easy to get to know the rest of the group as you all will be facing the same challenges. As an Habla Ya student, you'll easily be able to convince a couple of classmates to join you for this adventure!

Contact us today to book YOUR Zipline Canopy Tour with Boquete Tree Trek!

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