He’s the only one who gets to ride the Los Veranos Can O’ Peas without a crash helmet.
He owns the joint. Lock, stock and 14 smokin’ ziplines.
He built it from scratch and still likes to ride after all these years to relive the rush he created
when you step off a platform and scream your way 300m acrossand above the mighty Rio Horcones.
For the rest of the world, after a self-guided wander riverside,
the guided tour starts with a harness, helmet and glove fitting with a short demo
and then its off to get high .
and go fast.
There aren’t too many activities where parents, children, grandparents and teenagers all get to experience the same rush and same thrill.
The zipline is an egalitarian tour and proves that there’s no age limit on thrill seeking.
However, like parachuting and scubadiving, ziplining is not an innately human pursuit. To span voids hanging from fibres is not an instinct nor a talent we possess as a species.
Spiders do it , but we have to be pushed, and in the process, convinced that it is really OK. That’s why the first zip is short, slow and low. It’s the teaser that makes you want more. It’s the first of many surprises.
Expect the unexpected: screamers, scream; fears are faced: the mighty crumble and the meek shall inherit the zippydedoodah.
There’s always a helping hand if you need it.
But once you leave the platform, you’re on it and there’s no getting off it, so you might as well relax and enjoy it….et voila! Everyone arrives at the other end grinning like cheshire cats and eager for the next run.
• Teenagers, their bravado temporarily checked by lingering thoughts of mexican engineering standards, enjoy the shock of speed, exposure, altitude and experience, for a change, a sport wherein there’s no sexual superiority, no fraternity other than that of secret fear. Equal rights.
Some riders retain the cool throughout the extreme conditions.
some appreciate the passing panorama
and for some, well it’s just too damn exciting for words (except maybe a shrill and prolonged “OMG…………”!!! )
• If children are too small to go themselves they get a personal escort.
(Adult escort service enquiries can be directed to the Head Guide, Pale (pron. pa-lay) Hah!, not really, but girls don’t seem to mind attention from any of the good-looking bilingual guides)!
Having a personal or group video of the tour is an excellent souvenir (and keeps this guy fit). •
The names of each ride give clues to the nature of the particular thrill or physical requirements.
(dos cojones) • •
Throughout the course, the Los Veranos ziplines really constitute a ‘canopy tour’ as they pass above it
and through it.
After a few hours of group camaraderie, new rivalries emerge and get tested as the tour ends with a challenge race down the river (loser buys the margaritas).
But the tour, the thrills and the challenges don’t stop there….Just when you thought yourself vindicated as a fearless macho, other animals take the stage and sort the men
and the women
from the boysand the girls. The animals are part of the casual riverside restaurant atmosphere where you’ll find delicious simple, solutions to the appetite earned from exercise and fresh air.
And after lunch, on a full stomach why not break another few rules and go headfirst into the raging torrent? Ha. not recommended but swimming in all conditions other than wet season floodwaters is a great way to cool off after the tour.
And to continue the los Veranos mantra of doing weird stuff ‘at least once in your life’, there’s a menagerie of other pettable animals to feed and fondle and freakout over.
You’ll have them eating out of your hand.
Monty Python, the resident boa is a favourite challenge for most people. Some are totally fearless
Some try and prove something to themselves or to others.
Some just love all challenges (and animals) in whatever guise.
OK. a final challenge quiz question: Q: what could be freakier than having a tarantula crawl across your face?
A: having it in your mouth!
How will you react?
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