16 of the Best Ziplines Around the World

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A zipline (also known as a flying fox, foefie slide, zip wire, aerial runway, aerial rope slide, death slide, or tyrolean crossing) consists of a pulley suspended on a cable mounted on an incline. It is designed to enable a user propelled by gravity to travel from the top to the bottom of the inclined cable, usually made of stainless steel, by holding on or attaching to the freely moving pulley.

They may be short and low, intended for child’s play, and found on some playgrounds. Longer and higher rides are often used as a means of accessing remote areas, such as a rainforest canopy.

Zipline tours are now fast becoming popular vacation activities, found at outdoor adventure camps or upscale resorts, where they may be an element on a larger challenge or ropes course.

In this list we highlight some of the best places in the world to go ziplining!

1. Sky Trek

MONTEVERDE, COSTA RICA

Sky Trek is a thrilling zip located in Monteverde. Your tour will start riding an open-air gondola from the ground to the heights where you’ll be dropped off at an observation area for fantastic views. From this area, you will start riding down on a zip track stretching across canyons and in between treetops.

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2. Icy Straight Point

ALASKA, UNITED STATES

The zip in Hoonah Icy Straight Point, Alaska takes 90 seconds to complete a 1,300-foot vertical drop at 24 degrees.

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3. Pena Aventura Park

RIBEIRA DE PENA, PORTUGAL

The Fantasticable is a cable that connects Lamelas and Bustelo. With a top speed of 130km/h, it is considered the largest Fantasticable in the world!

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4. Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park

PUERTO RICO

Have you ever wondered how birds feel free to fly through the sky? This tour allows you to experience it firsthand. You’ll be flying in the same position as a bird with a special harness ensuring your chest and waist.

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5. Finca Mi Universo Zipline

COLOMBIA

South America’s longest zip near Cali, Colombia. Two zips cross the gorge twice.

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6. The Umauma Zipline

HAWAII, UNITED STATES

The Umauma Zipline views of the Umauma falls and zips 160′ above 14 other falls.

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7. Zipline Sicilia

SICILY, ITALY

The Sicilia Zipline is located in the commune of San Mauro Castelverde in the Parco delle Madonie, a UNESCO Geopark site. It is 1600m long with a slope of 260m. The maximum speed is about 130Km/h.

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8. Skyrider Tour

HUNTER MOUNTAIN, UNITED STATES

The SkyRider tour is the 2nd largest in North America, 600′ above the ground.

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9. The Zip Zone

BUKIDNON, PHILIPPINES

The Zip Zone at Dahilayan Adventure Park is Asia’s longest zip. It is located in Bukidnon, Philippines. Zip Zone’s Dual Carrying cables are each 840 meters long point to point with a drop in elevation of 100 meters and speeds between 60-100 kmph.

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10. The Dragon’s Flight

LABADEE, HAITI

The Dragon’s Flight (or Dragon's Breath) zipline runs over Labadee, Haiti and is the longest zip over water. It runs to the beach below.

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11. WinSport Monster Zipline

CALGARY, CANADA

You will ride in a comfortable harness and fly down a unique cable system, reaching speeds up to 120km/h. Calgary’s highest vantage point, the Ski Jump Tower at Canada Olympic Park, provides a jump that is 500 meters long with a vertical drop of more than 100 meters.

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12. The River Valley Ranch

MARYLAND, UNITED STATES

The River Valley Ranch zip is in Maryland located at a summer camp.

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13. Great Wall of China

SIMATAI, CHINA

After hiking along the Great Wall at Simatai you can jump on a zip that will speed you over a lake to the car park below.

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14. Zip 2000

SUN CITY, SOUTH AFRICA

The is the world’s longest zip. It is located in Sun City South Africa. It descends at speeds up to 160km/h (100 mp/h).

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15. Velocity 2

WALES, UNITED KINGDOM

Claimed to be the fastest zip line in the world since 2013! Soaring over Penrhyn Quarry in Wales, you'll travel at speeds of up to and over 100 mph while taking in unbeatable views of Snowdonia. Velocity 2 takes you zooming down a 1.5-kilometer zipline, with 4 parallel lines over 2 separate ziplines.

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16. Dubai XLine

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

The world's longest urban zipline will have you soaring through the concrete jungle of Dubai's many skyscrapers for a truly thrilling experience.

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