Have you ever flown through the air like a bird looking down at the forest around you? If you haven’t then I suggest you get yourself to a canopy tour in Guatemala right now!
We did just that and it was the ride of our lives! And it was just a couple kilometers away from our home in Antigua Guatemala. I can’t believe we never heard of this tour before!
This is how our canopy tour in Guatemala went:
My 7-year-old and I went on the Antigua Canopy tour. This is one of two large companies that offer this service in a safe way in the area. My awesome husband watched from the sidelines with our 1-year-old. I promised he can go on his own another time and I’ll babysit, so we can talk about the amazing experience together.
Since we have a car, I bypassed the free pick up that they offer from various parts of the center of Antigua. However, once we saw the cool trucks that pick you up, we got a bit jealous.
I later learned that there was no need to be jealous. Part of the tour is the ride up to where the ziplines are, so we got to ride on those trucks and what an adventure that was. We drove high up to where the views of the volcanoes came alive and into the forest where we were the only ones around.
Our tour had 6 people in total with 4 guides. Each of the guides was trained and certified, bilingual and great fun! They were extremely helpful and, it seemed to me, as excited about us doing the tour as we were!
We had actually already been on a canopy tour before. When my son was 4 years old we went on our first canopy tour in Costa Rica. We had a blast, but specifically remembered that it wasn’t at all eco friendly with the zipline being crazy loud and if there were any animals in the vicinity they were scared off for miles away.
The first thing we immediately noticed was the no-sound of the zipline cord. The reason, they explained, is that they weren’t using the metal rods but heavy ropes that could withhold the same amount of weight, covered in plastic which completely reduced the noise. This way the impact to the forest was minimal, except for when you’re flying through the air screaming with excitement!
I was also a bit nervous at first for my little guy to go on his own, but watching the security measures and protocols that the guides have to adhere to, all my worries were immediately put to rest.
In the end, I’m so glad that I let him go on his own. This was a great experience with him that allowed him to feel independent. I believe he learned a lot about how to conquer his fears by doing so.
In total, we flew over 2 kilometers in mid-air. The first cord started you off slowly, to get you used to the new adventure and towards the end were doing almost 300 meters.
I’ll tell you, this was one of the best kid-friendly and mama friendly adventures we’ve had in a long time and I can’t wait to return!
Thank you Will and Antigua Canopy tour team for inviting us and giving us such a great time. We will definitely be back!
How to do this tour
- Website: http://antiguacanopytours.com/
- Cost: just the canopy tour is $50 per person. They have two options so you can do both for $75 per person-
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