Ziplining over the Jungle! Oh my!

Posted: May 21, 2014 by Central America Overland Expeditions in Expedition/Travel

Scary, fun, exhilarating, breathless ! We could use many of these words to sum up the awesome time we had ziplining on Central America’s longest zipline, but not just one word could express or convey what ziplining is like here. Just north of Placencia, about 45 minutes heading up the Southern Highway you’ll find this treasured paradise, not only is there ziplining  but a true Adventure & Eco-Resort, totally off the grid. http://www.mamanootsbocawina.com/#!home/mainPage

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Located in the southern district of Stann Creek, Mayflower Bocawina National Park consist of over 7100 acres of lush jungle, refreshing waterfalls and ancient Mayan sites. In the heart of this beautiful National Park is Mama Noots Bocawina Adventures & Eco-Resort, a spacious jungle resort that runs on alternative energy and offers a wide range of adventure, cultural & wildlife tours. We spent two days here and are sad to tell you that two days was not enough.

At the restaurant, The Wild Fig, with an unobstructed view of the surrounding canopied hills and grounds, we spent a good portion of our time between ziplining and exploring. The staff was very friendly, knowledge and gave us additional information about local things to do. We enjoyed  some great meals with friendly smiles and attentive care and it’s also a great place to hang out and meet other guest and share your un-Belize-able experiences. The Wild Fig also deals directly with the local farmers and uses only the freshest ingredients available, using Belizean fruits grown on the property.  “Farm to table” you better Belize it!  They offer International, Central American cuisine, Creole dishes and more. From the restaurant you can also book additional tours and see a daily list of planned activities. There are also guides available for birding, flora and fauna. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, & dinner, has a full bar, seating for 24, board games and cards, music and free wifi so you can share all your adventures with your friends back home.

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So what’s to do after a hard day of ziplining, rappelling waterfalls and exploring Mayan ruins? Get some rest a one of the many beautiful cabanas. Some are attached, single and then there are the suites. Once you entire one of the suites you’ll swear you’ve just walked into a 5 star hotel and easily forget you’re surrounded by jungle. You’ll completely forget your power is derived from solar, your water from underground springs and food fresh from local farmers. Could I live here indefinitely, Yes!

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So Lets talk about Ziplining. It really doesn’t hit you until you’re standing on a platform over three stories high and the guide is explaining to you how to slow yourself down. All I could hear was blah blah blah while I looked down and thought to myself how did I get here. Our guides Rene and Oscar kept safety to the utmost importance. They’re professional, experienced and explained everything that was going to happen. They also made sure that we felt safe and confident enough to get through the course. We soared with the birds through the pristine canopy, sometimes as fast as 40 mph, sometimes screaming. There are 12 platforms through the pristine jungle with wonderful views out over the jungle at each stop. The longest zip line run is 2,300 feet long and is considered the longest in Belize. Night zip lining is available, but we didn’t try that. I can only imagine hearing the noises of the jungle as you zip line across during a full moon! We’ll be back for that!

Ziplining can be done with a variety of ages and  takes about 1:30 hour to complete.

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If you’re coming to Belize on a limited time schedule make Mama Noots Bocawina Adventures & Eco Resort you only stop. ( http://www.mamanootsbocawina.com/#!home/mainPage, )You can book all your tours (Xunantunich, the reefs, diving and snorkeling and more) right from here. You’ll have all the fun and adventure you could want and not harm Belize’s precious eco environment staying in a true Eco Resort. And hey you might see us there, as Mama Noots has become our favorite place to hang out.

A special thanks to Don Troutman, Duarte Dellarole and all the staff.

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