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January 22, 2020
JungleQuí Zipline Park hosted us free of charge for this experience. I was under no obligation to post about ziplining in El Yunque Rainforest and all opinions are my own.
I can’t believe I finally went ziplining! And ziplining in El Yunque Rainforest at that! Ziplining in an exotic location was one of the top things on my 30 before 30 list and while I am 31 now and obviously failed miserably at my list, I still want to complete everything on it. And this is one I almost chickened out on! Y’all. Ziplining is scary!!!! But once you actually do it, it’s a blast!
I’ve had the opportunity to go ziplining before – they even have it near Atlanta. But I knew I wanted to do it somewhere special for my first time. I’m really glad I made that decision because if I wasn’t in the rainforest in Puerto Rico, I don’t know that I would have gone through with it. It’s really high up and pretty far that you go! But this was a really special experience that I knew I couldn’t miss out on. Plus our guides, Jesus and Brian, really made me feel super safe and comfortable! They were so sweet and encouraging, which brings me to the service we used: JungleQuí Zipline Park.
JungleQuí is definitely the best option for ziplining in El Yunque Rainforest. It’s not technically inside the national park, but it is in the rainforest. It’s all the same trees, animals, critters, and climate. In fact, the first part of the zip line experience is an awesome walking tour of the grounds where your guides (seriously, request Jesus and Brian when you go) educate you on the unique plants with special characteristics, explain how the crazy climate works (hint: there’s lots of rain and flash floods) and even give you a little natural face paint from a stone! We also tasted some fruits and then made our way over to the safety briefing.
One thing that really made me feel safe was the fact that JungleQuí uses carbon fiber lines. Not only are they extremely strong and safe, but they’re also very quiet! In addition to the zip lines, there are also repels. I had no idea, but I felt super brave and proud of myself for doing it! One thing to note if you’re petite like me is that you should give it a running start. One time I didn’t make it to the end and I had to pull myself on the line! I mean, it was like 2 feet but still.
Ziplining at JungleQuí was such an incredible experience and an absolute must in Puerto Rico. If you don’t go to El Yunque rainforest while in Puerto Rico, then you’re not doing it right!
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.