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Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios Jamaica

Have you ever gone bobsledding? Was it in a forest? We don't think so. Rated on TripAdvisor as one of the top attractions in Ocho Rios Jamaica, come and experience the exhilarating bobsled ride down Jamaica's famed Mystic Mountain in Ocho Rios. At Rainforest Adventures, we include the SkyExplorer ride, canopy zip lines, Mystic Waterslide and infinity edge pool and more for your amazing rain forest excursion. Enjoy a spectacular lunch at our restaurant overlooking the bay of Ocho Rios.

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St. Lucia Rainforest Excursions

Get an unparalleled St. Lucia vacation tour at Rainforest Adventures. Learn more about the rain forest aboard the rainforest aerial tram, combined with tranopy zip line tours for the best way to discover the rainforest. Try our famous Adreanaline and the AdrenaLUNA - the most exciting zip lines in the Caribbean. Trek through the hiking trails while you go bird watching and more!

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Costa Rica Atlantic, close to the Limon and San Jose Areas

Take a travel to Costa Rica and have a tour to Rainforest Adventures park and find great experiences and exciting attractions and things to do in Costa Rica's Atlantic side. From the first-ever aerial tram built over an expansive private nature reserve on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast. Complete with exotic birds’ flight path, and thrilling zip line tours. Awardwinning bird watching attracts bird enthusiasts from all around the world.

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Costa Rica Pacific Park, close to Jaco Beach

Come travel to Costa Rica and have an exciting park excursion at Rainforest Adventures in the Pacific side of Costa Rica. Enjoy the natural wonders of our ecotourism on the most enticing of all the Costa Rica Pacific attractions and excursions. Ride the rainforest aerial tram, or for an up-close and personal adventure try our thrilling zip line tour. Marvel the wonderful species of birds with our Costa Rica bird watching tours and take a look at different species of snakes and reptiles in the Serpentarium.

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Panama Excursions - Panama Canal and City Tours

Come travel to Panama, a country where the concept of exotic begins in its name in our Indigenous language, Abundance of... fish and butterflies; and it's true, as visitors will quickly discover for themselves. Youll find an abundance of wildlife in Panamas many national parks, an abundance of white sand beaches, hundreds of islands, more banks and shops than you would have dreamed possible, the Panama Canal, the rich history of Panama City, and of course, a fantastic quantity of fresh seafood, including fish.

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Friday, February 21, 2014

Sustainability in 20 Years of Operations

Rainforest Adventures treads lightly, leaves sustainable mark, over two decades of operations

Rainforest Adventures Sustainable Ecotourism

This year marks the 20th anniversary of operations for Rainforest Adventures, who opened their first park in Costa Rica in 1994, and have since gone on to create one of the world’s most recognized sustainable adventure park companies, with current operations in four countries and plans for expansion.

With two parks in Costa Rica, Rainforest Adventures has undertaken a number of initiatives to help protect the environment, engage with local residents, and educate guests on the importance of sustainability practices. And, many of these initiatives started during to construction of the first park, Costa Rica Atlantic, in 1994. According to the Rainforest Alliance, Earth University and Costa Rican Tourism Institute, these two parks are the model for best practices in the world when it comes to sustainable development and operations.

“When we decided to build our first park in Costa Rica, we had two choices: cut down trees to build our aerial tram experience, or find a way to preserve the pristine environment,” says Joaquín von der Goltz, president of Rainforest Adventures. “While it was complicated and expensive to construct the aerial tram without removing trees, for me, the decision was easy – we had to protect the rainforest. Otherwise, why build a park to help educate visitors on the importance of rainforest conservation?”

Costa Rica Aerial Tram
The Aerial Tram lift in Costa Rica.

During the construction of the Costa Rica Atlantic park, local loggers were hired to help with the erection of the aerial tram lift. Rather than cut down part of the 1,200-acre rainforest in order to create a lift-line (much like a chairlift at a ski resort), the tram was completed without cutting down a single tree! By using helicopters to construct the tram (and, in turn, all future trams at the other parks), the result was an untouched rainforest environment, where guests could travel at canopy level, and view the flora and fauna in an in-depth, immersive experience.

This initial commitment to sustainability continues to present day. All park locations and operations in Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, and St Lucia have on-going practices in place to reduce the impact on the environment on a day-to-day basis, including park-wide environmental management systems and an extensive recycling program for both guests and staff. The environmental management system includes:
  • an energy savings plan where all electricity is measured and reduced whenever possible, thereby reducing the reliance on bio-diesel;
  • a management plan for liquid and solid waste generated in parks;
  • a water saving plan that involves water-saving taps, urinals and toilets;
  • and a response plan for the care and management of potential spills.

The recycling program for guests and local teams includes international signage to help identify the correct containers for plastic, metal, glass, paper, compostable and non-recyclable waste.

In addition to these programs, Rainforest Adventures has a commitment to buying local, and encouraging their guests to do the same. The parks have an agreement with local artisans in which they are invited to showcase their crafts for sale to guests. And, more than 95 per cent of food and beverage available for park guests is derived from local products produced by local farmers.

Rainforest Adventures Gift Shop
The Rainforest Adventures Gift Shop, which showcases crafts for sale made by the locals.

With a focus on social sustainability, Rainforest Adventures employs more than 500 local, multilingual guides at their parks. Each guide adds depth and colour to the visitor experience by sharing insider information about the region’s rainforests, native plants and animals and about local customs, cultures and traditions.

Rainforest Adventures is committed to minimizing their overall impact on the environment, while encouraging their guests to take the in-park methods and apply them at home. Parks feature education centres where guests can learn about conservation and the importance of preserving the world’s natural resources. Understanding that youth are future policymakers, Rainforest Adventures pays special attention to this demographic by offering a number of all-age, family-centric experiences, activities and exhibitions that are designed to empower and educate youth about the environment.

And, with the commitment to sustainability, government and NGOs have taken notice. Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific has been recognized for its sustainability by the country’s government, earning an Ecological Flag, a Blue Flag, a Decree of National Interest for the Republic of Costa Rica and Certification for Sustainable Tourism. Both Costa Rica parks were verified by the Rainforest Alliance– a standard recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council – achieving the highest rating possible. In 2012, EARTH University officially certified the Costa Rica Atlantic park as carbon neutral, Costa Rica’s first tour operation to receive a carbon neutral title.

For more information about Rainforest Adventures, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, and Jamaica, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Our Costa Rica Zip Lines Contribute to Sustainable Alternative to Deforestation

Our zip lines in our Costa Rica parks are featured on The Travel Word through the article of Ethan Gelber, as being an alternative to deforestation. This article is the next in a series of portraits, long and short, of some of the people Ethan met and places he visited during a recent trip to Costa Rica. The subjects were chosen as noteworthy examples of Costa Rica’s distinct pura vida.

Here are some excerpts from the article:

Rainforests deserve all the positive notice they can get, even including when seen from zip lines in Costa Rica suspended between towering first-growth trees.

Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park zip line
At the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic park, one zip line spans the Corinto River, Costa Rica. The nearer platform is anchored to a large campano tree (Ilex skutchii)

That might seem like an odd logical leap, but at a time when global discussions about climate change are shifting (at last) away from whether we are speeding toward an imminent dangerous planetary tipping point to when we might no longer be able to undo the damage done, all efforts to conserve existing forests, regenerate degraded lands and develop sustainable agro-forestry systems merit a closer look.

This is especially true in places like Costa Rica, where a welcome combination of business innovation and prescient government policy has allowed eco-minded adventure enterprises to take root and flourish.

A Zip Line Lifeline

One notable alternative land-use practice in Costa Rica is adventure parks. The best of them place a huge priority on a well-preserved environment so that visitors can experience and learn about tropical ecosystems in their full glory. Wrapped in nature’s rich embrace, a wide variety of activities go on in some parks, such as river rafting, horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, rappelling/abseiling, bird watching and even waterfall climbing. There may even be butterfly or snake exhibitions, and specialized gardens showcasing interesting endemic plant species, like heliconias and bromelias. But one of the most popular new diversions is zip lines, usually as part of a canopy tour.

Costa Rica Zip Line
The zip line at the Rainforest Adventures Atlantic Park in Costa Rica includes many safety features, including a double cable, chest harness and proprietary braking system that eliminates the need to moderate speed by holding on to the cable.

A zip line is a suspended cable, set at an incline, along which harnessed people or supplies can slide using the force of gravity alone. While zip lines have been used for a long time as transport for to and from remote locations and over difficult terrain, they now also have found purpose in adventurous adrenaline activity.

A series of interconnected recreational zip lines running through a forest form what is now called a “canopy tour,” propelling people from one elevated position to another and allowing for thrilling close contact with treetop nature, where 70% of tropical forest life takes place, even when the whoops and hollers of thrilled participants frighten away most creatures.

Costa Rica is particularly well known for its canopy tours. There are dozens of operators, including one company that claims to have invented the sport, and courses that vault across beaches, rivers and canyons, and breeze through the heights of rain forests. The longest tours can take up to three hours to complete, allowing plenty of time for an introduction to some of Costa Rica’s most ubiquitous scream-resistant flora and fauna, like butterflies, giant iguanas, tree frogs and a wide selection of orchids.

Rainforest Adventures

Of course, not all tour operations are created equal; some have truly taken long-term sustainability to heart. One of the most ecologically enlightened of Costa Rica’s adventure parks is Rainforest Adventures, which owns two areas in the country. The first serves as a buffer zone adjacent to Braulio Carrillo National Park. Its 1,200-acre (475-hectare) reserve lies 28 miles (45 kilometers) from San José on the Atlantic side of the country. The second is a smaller 222-acre (90-hectare) ecotourism project near coastal Jaco, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) west of San José, with small waterfalls and views of the Pacific coast.

Costa Rica Aerial Tram
The gondolas of the aerial tram at the Rainforest Adventures Pacific park in Costa Rica hold eight people and a naturalist guide.

Both locations boast zip-line tours in addition to other activities designed to deliver a closeup taste of nature. Of special note is the 164-foot climb up a waterfall in the Pacific park and the aerial trams in both parks, the latter put in place – tram towers and cable – using helicopters so as not to cut down a single tree. The Atlantic park’s tram lasts an hour and 20 minutes and flies a distance of 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers). In its open-air gondola, a naturalist guide accompanies up to six people through primary-forest canopy at a slow 1¼ miles per hour (2 kph), perfect for educating guests about the importance of environmental awareness. Beyond that, numerous initiatives favor buying from and hiring locals, and proactively protecting the environment in accordance with a park-wide environmental management system.

In fact, as an acknowledged model for best practices in sustainable development and operations, Rainforest Adventures could arguably claim to oversee a couple of the world’s most sustainable parks. Those in Costa Rica have been verified with the highest possible rating by Rainforest Alliance, as well as an Ecological Flag, a Blue Flag, and a Decree of National Interest from the Costa Rican government, all in addition to top (five-leaf) ratings by Costa Rica’s Certification for Sustainable Tourism. The Atlantic park is also Costa Rica’s first tour operation to have been certified as 100% carbon neutral by EARTH University.

“Sustainability is the cornerstone of what we do at Rainforest Adventures,” commented Nicolas Staton, the company’s general manager for Costa Rica. “It’s there in every breath we take, every guest we load onto the tram, zip line, nature walk, etc. Or every bird or animal guests see sitting in our trees eating from the fruits of the forests we are conserving. This is what we live for and is a key element to every decision we make in regards to our operation.”

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About Ethan Gelber:

Ethan Gelber
In addition to his freelance travel writing (Lonely Planet author, AFAR Ambassador, Huffington Post Travel blogger and more), Ethan has agitated tirelessly for responsible/sustainable travel practices, a focus on keeping things local, and quality and relevance in publishing and destination marketing. Among many other things, Ethan is a co-founder of OutBounding (a content curation tool), Destination Accelerator (education and networking for destination marketers) and EcoAdventure Media (support for eco-conscious brands), as well as a co-initiator of the Local Travel Movement (a platform for people passionate about local travel). For five years, Ethan has been Chief Communications Officer of the WHL Group, the largest local-travel company in the world, for which he founded and edits The Travel Word.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Salute to the Staffs of Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica

Mystic Mountain Bobsled Jamaica
“It is not every day that you find an establishment with this many good employees who really do live to serve the customers.”

Good deeds are golden. And genuine concern for valued customers is a thing must sought out in businesses. This is a story of a customer, Linda, at Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica and her amazing experience at the park.

She went on a tour aboard the Bobsled on the 20th of January 2014. Since she had to leave her possessions including purses and bags, as per park policy, when riding the bobsled, she has nowhere to put her phone at that time to take photos. Thus, she had her phone in between her legs upon boarding the bobsled. During the ride and after taking some photos, she held her phone tight between her legs. But on one of the turns, it slipped, and she was honestly distraught and never thought she would see her phone again.

As she had stated, the phone could be replaced. But we can agree that it was all the photos from the entire trip that were irreplaceable. Thus, during that time, it was the worst feeling to know that the photos could never be recreated again.

But, as she had told the staff of Mystic Mountain Bobsled, Linda was amazed at the concern they had shown for one person – even going through great lengths in order to help her find her lost phone. The staffs, including the manager, went to scale the whole course of the bobsled rails several times to search for the phone. Many people also came to help, to Linda’s shock. There were five guys who were talking to her. There were others who were searching while the others were helping to calm her down. And there was also a nice girl staff that also helped to look as well.

Then it came down to the moment that Linda had accepted that her phone was lost, but the staffs at Mystic Mountain offered to help recreate some of the pictures. They let Linda and her friends sit in the bobsled again to take the pictures. There were some dancers who heard about the commotion, and also helped take pictures.

The managers and the entire team of Mystic Mountain staffs were so determined and optimistic that the phone will be found. They even kept telling Linda that “in Jamaica, there are no problems, just situations.” And after some time scouring the grounds and the bobsled tracks, they had found the lost phone, and she was very grateful to have her phone back.

This concern and dedication by the staffs towards the customer helped Linda to restore her faith in humanity. Here are some of the exact words that Linda had stated in her testimonial:

“I did not realize how rough the ride would be to have the phone fly. I am beyond grateful to your staff in Jamaica for doing that. They spent a lot of time and I am sure it was miserable crawling along the trail to find it. I asked to come but they said it was against policy. In all cases they did not have to do this, you are not liable for our lost items but they went above and beyond. There are no words that I have to thank your team.

“One thing they do in the US is to have small mesh pouches inside the ride to place all lose items. I usually bring a purse or backpack but this time was told to leave everything on the bus... So I had no place to put lose items. I think having that pocket will help a lot and also save your team from having this happen.

“I am so happy to have my phone back. I am forever grateful, but I felt so bad that they had to scour the grounds. I would never want them to have to do that again.

“I would like to know if possible the person or team who found my phone to send them a proper thank you and gift.

“I did not get to go personally thank them because we met at the bottom of the hill... But the workers went on the trail in the rain to search for it.

“I would like the management to know that I would recommend this place to everyone and I am sharing this story with as many people as possible to bring more business. It is not every day that you find an establishment with this many good employees who really do live to serve the customers.

“If there is any way to find out who helped search for my phone I would like to email them directly and also send a gift as a small token of my gratitude.”

Here are some of the photos that are recreated with the help of the team:





Also check out her blog post on Live, Love, Laugh and Shop about her bobsledding experience at Mystic Mountain: “How to lose a phone... On a bobsled

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Hike on the New Nature Trail at Mystic Mountain Jamaica

Lace-up your footwear and explore the natural ecosystems of Rainforest Adventures Jamaica!

Hike on the New Nature Trail at Mystic Mountain Jamaica!

Visitors can explore the unique aspects of the ecosystem and wildlife habitats from a ground-level perspective with the opening of the new hiking trail at Mystic Mountain Rainforest Adventures in Ocho Rios, Jamaica.

For close to two decades, Rainforest Adventures parks have elevated guests to the canopy level with their tranopy experience, showcasing the unique flora and fauna that live among the broad leaves. The new half-mile nature trail at Mystic Mountain was constructed to mark the fifth anniversary of the Jamaica park location, allowing guests to explore the park’s inhabitants.

“Our new hiking trail was created to highlight the natural beauty of Jamaica” says Annika Bratt, vice president of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “The trail showcases the biodiversity of the area and allows our guests to get up close to the wildlife habitats that we are protecting.”

Jamaica is home to more than 3,000 different species of plants and trees, making it one of the most diverse ecosystems in the Caribbean. Visitors to Mystic Mountain will be able to see different varieties of orchids, ginger lilies, anthuriums and various trees that can only be found in Jamaica. In addition to the flora, visitors will witness a variety of hummingbirds (the country’s national bird), kingfishers, lizards, and mongoose.

An excellent guided Nature Trail at Mystic Mountain Jamaica.


Dedicated to ecotourism, the team at Rainforest Adventures Mystic Mountain Jamaica takes great care to preserve and protect the rainforest by closely observing government legislation and creating unique educational experiences to promote environmental consciousness and conserve at-risk natural resources.

In addition to the new hiking trail at Mystic Mountain, Rainforest Adventures parks in Costa Rica, St. Lucia and Mexico offer similar experiences for guests. The Costa Rica Atlantic park, opened in 1994, offers the Coronito trekking tour which travels through the park, bordering Braulio Carrillo National Park. On the western side, the Costa Rica Pacific park near the beach town of Jaco provides visitors with an authentic bird watching experience as guests walk through the rainforest. In St Lucia, visitors can explore the Jacquot Trail, a three and half hour trek through the forest. And, Hidden Worlds Mexico, which entered the Rainforest Adventures family in 2012, is set to unveil sustainability improvements this fall, including industry leading Petzl zipline equipment.

Rainforest Adventures Panama Excursions provides guests with the opportunity to explore the cultural side of the small nation through their Embera Indian Village Tour. Here, visitors travel back more than 600 years to a Central America only few have had the privilege of experiencing. More than a tourist attraction in Panama, this tour takes visitors on a journey into the lives of the Embera Indian Tribe, one of the seven living Indian cultures of the country. The Embera Indians have been able to maintain their traditions and lifestyle as it was before the Spaniards colonized the region.

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Mexico, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Excitement, Education, Sustainability and Safety at the Heart of Every Rainforest Adventure

Safety at every rainforest canopy tour

While adventure parks try to ‘out thrill’ the competition, best practices and safety certifications are continually being updated for the benefit of the industry as a whole, according to Kevin Shank, director of operations for Rainforest Adventures.

World wide there are hundreds of adventure parks which include outdoor ropes courses, canopy walks, mechanical rides, and zip lines and which can sometimes host up to 1000 people a day during a destination’s high season.

“The growth and popularity of outdoor adventure parks around the world has meant that companies are not only focused on innovation but also on increased safety,” says Shank. “As an industry, we all benefit if we all follow best practices and ensure our parks are fun, sustainable, accessible and above all safe.”

Rainforest Adventures is an example of this industry’s growth. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. Today, with tour operations in Panama and award-winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Mexico, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges and on average welcome more than 270,000guests per park in a given year.

Therefore, safety, conservation and sustainability are priorities with every experience. Rainforest Adventures meets or exceeds several safety codes such as the American National Standard B 77.1, governing the use of aerial lifts and ACCT safety standards for zip lines and challenge courses. Each park undergoes a quarterly safety inspection from outside consultants as well as daily inspections from each parks maintenance and operations staff.

Rainforest Adventures also credits its reputation for award winning park experiences on the dedication of leaders like Shank, who are committed to ensuring the industry is sustainable, safe and exciting. After 35 years in the ski industry, Shank decided to move to a warmer climate and offer his expertise to Rainforest Adventures, which was one of the early pioneers in outdoor adventure parks and excursions.

Canopy Zip Line at Rainforest Adventures

Safety and operation innovations, some of which Shank helped to create, include:
  • A tee-bar handle for zip liners to hang on to, which allows for better control of body movement and reduces the risk for guests gripping the line to slow down.
  • A redundant line and double pulley system for all zip lines – meaning that adventurers are clipped onto two lines, in the event that one line breaks, and a second redundant pulley is also an added safety feature.
  • A “monkey tale” or safety line that all guests keep attached during ropes courses and zip line adventures should also be an industry standard.
Guides and interpreters accompany guests along zip line courses and adventure elements, with a goal to teach guests, through story telling, about the rainforest, without guests fully realizing they are getting a lesson in local culture and sustainability!

“When researching adventure parks, there are many ways consumers can determine if it is a well managed park,” says Shank. “Most parks list their safety certifications online as well as post them well in view at the parks. It also should be easy to find the park’s commitment to conservation and sustainability. How the park interacts with the local community is also important, and simply asking at the front desk of the hotel or asking a tour operator which park they prefer and why will provide invaluable insight into how well managed a local park is, and how seriously they take safety into consideration.”

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), Saint Lucia, Jamaica and Mexico, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. In 2013, every Rainforest Adventure experience received a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Hidden Worlds to Complete Cenote Sustainability Upgrade and Improvement

Cenote (underwater cave) at Hidden Worlds, Riviera Maya, Mexico.

It's sustainable in the cenote! Rainforest Adventures Hidden Worlds in Riviera Maya Mexico (located north of Tulum and south of Cancun and Playa del Carmen) is ready to unveil substantial sustainability upgrades that focus on improving both the guest experience and the park’s environmental impact.

Improvements began in early 2013 and are expected to be completed by mid-December, in time for the busy winter season. Ranging from the dining spaces to the ziplines, six months of work went into the park to further improve the sustainable adventure park.

“Rainforest Adventures Hidden Worlds Mexico is a gem on the Yucatan, providing guests with a sustainable adventure experience, complete with natural, not man-made cenotes,” says Annika Bratt, director of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “The park improvements, both visible and behind the scenes, will improve the experience for guests along with the natural environment.”

The surroundings of Tak Be Ha, the park’s natural cenote (Mexican term for “underwater caves”) reserved solely for snorkeling guests, has received a complete overhaul. The road, parking and jungle surrounding the cenote have all been upgraded to ensure that the pristine underground spring stays as clean as possible.

Hidden Worlds Jungle Zip Line in Riviera Maya, Mexico.


Two of the park’s zip lines have been improved – focusing on quality and safety – using Petzl equipment. This class-leading equipment is used worldwide by some of the best mountaineers and climbers, along with rescue professionals.

The Jungle Diner, Hidden World’s main dining facility, has been upgraded with a new Palapa roof, benches and tables, and lighting. These upgrades, along with a new selection of food options will help ensure that guests visiting the park keep their energy levels high between adventure experiences.

For the further comfort of guests, the park’s main washroom facilities have been upgraded with new fixtures, using low-flow technology. Hidden Worlds has also brought the on-site photo experience in house, ensuring that all guests receive the highest quality photographs of their adventures during their visit.

Hidden Worlds Aero-Cycle

Planned future improvements include the park’s Aero-Cycle, a bicycle suspended on a zipline and powered by pedalling through the rainforest canopy. Additional road works throughout the park will also be improved to match the Tak Be Had road upgrades.

To learn more about Rainforest Adventures, and to purchase tickets online, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

About Rainforest Adventures

With tour operations in Panama and award winning, adrenaline-inducing adventure parks located in Costa Rica (both Pacific and Atlantic), St Lucia, Jamaica and Mexico, Rainforest Adventures locations serve as ecotourism attractions, nature reserves and wildlife refuges. Since 1994, the company has been combining unique rainforest adventures such as aerial trams, bobsleds and zip line rides, with exceptional, multi-lingual naturalist guides, giving each guest an educational, adventurous, sustainable and unforgettable rainforest experience. For more information, visit www.rainforestadventure.com

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Rainforest Adventures Helps Meeting and Incentive Travellers Fight Nature Deficit Disorder


With Rainforest Adventures (a collection of sustainable eco-adventure parks located in some of the most sought-after conference, meetings and incentive destinations in the world), meeting planners can give delegates and business teams “nature time” in some of the richest and most diverse rainforests on the planet.

“Each of our parks work with meeting and incentive planners to create rainforest and nature themed parties and tours that tie into their corporate goals,” said Annika Bratt, vice president of sales for Rainforest Adventures. “Our team also works out the best timing so each group has either full access to the parks or private tours. Planners only have to visit www.rainforestadventure.com or call 1-866-759-8726, and we’ll put them directly in touch with the park of their choice to customize a visit.”

Nature Deficit Disorder, a term coined for the growing epidemic of people (particularly children) who experience a decreased interaction with nature, has been credited to Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods (2005). This alarming lack of outdoor enjoyment is said to be due to our growing reliance on technology. Over the past few decades, research has cited numerous restorative benefits to spending time in nature – a simple walk in the woods and smelling the jungle can alleviate fatigue and stress. Add in team-building activities, such as ziplining at night, a flora and fauna scavenger hunt or an hour spent in a butterfly garden, and a day out of the office has even more inspirational and health value.

“And because Rainforest Adventures has also been recognized as a socially-responsible business, we are happy to give groups behind-the-scenes tours of our sustainability initiatives. Many businesses appreciate this offer as a way to help inspire new thinking around sustainability within their own companies,” said Annika Bratt.

Operating under strict conservation guidelines, Rainforest Adventures launched in 1994 when the first park (Costa Rica Atlantic) constructed the world’s first rainforest aerial tram – without removing a single tree in the process. Today, Rainforest Adventures has expanded its parks (locations include Costa Rica Pacific, Costa Rica Atlantic, St Lucia, Mexico and Jamaica) and tours (Panama), each destination offering groups and conference planners thrilling, eye-opening and educational rainforest activities. Adventures range from bobsledding through a Jamaican rainforest and aerial tram rides to the top of mountains to bird-watching tours and naturalist-led nature walks. Some locations even expand beyond the rainforest to include historical walking tours and visits to an authentic Embera Indian Village (Panama).

Each park, attractions and tour is unique, built around the natural history and culture of each country. All excursions are carbon neutral and the company has been certified by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and Association of Challenge Course Technology (ACCT) for safety.
  • Experience soft adventure at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic. Located just 80 kms (50 miles) from Costa Rica’s capital city of San José, Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Atlantic was the company’s first park, introduced in 1994 with the non-invasive construction of an aerial tram. Today, the park has grown to include guided tours (pick from nature hikes, bird-watching treks and family-friendly adventures) and attractions like the AdrenaLine – a 700-metre (2,297-foot) zipline that takes thrill-seekers flying 55 km/hr (34 mph) through the jungle. Group incentives include Rainforest Encounter (an interactive performance based on the awakening of the rainforest), Tastes Like Colour (a dinner show featuring dancing and music) and Treasure Hunt (a team-based scavenger hunt). For softer adventure, guests can explore the butterfly and frog garden: a 200-square-metre (1,250-square-foot) open-air space where nature-lovers can immerse themselves in a world of bug-eyed bullfrogs and tiny tadpoles. And with bilingual naturalists overseeing the grounds, this garden is an eye-opening and educational experience for adventurers of all ages. Unique to Costa Rica Atlantic are the 10 modern bungalows of the Rainforest Lodge, each with private baths and terraces and available for overnight accommodation. Read more about Costa Rica Atlantic Group Incentive Programs.
  • Explore phobias at the Serpentarium and experience the thrill of climbing the waterfall at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific. In our Pacific open-air Serpentarium, visitors get a close look at 20 species of snakes and reptiles – some for the first time – and learn about the “scariest” reptiles that call Costa Rica home. And while at the park, the new Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific Waterfall Climb takes guests up a tropical waterfall. After a short 400 metre walk through the rainforest with a naturalist, guests arrive at the site of the waterfall climb, which is approximately 50 metres of vertical course, followed by two ziplines down to a hanging platform. To descend from the platform guests will perform a 25 metre free-fall rappel. Dedicated to ecotourism, the team at Rainforest Adventures Costa Rica Pacific has constructed this attraction with minimal environmental impact and uses it to showcase the natural beauty of the rainforest and watershed. The Waterfall Climb means that the only way to the top of the zip line is human power – no vehicles allowed.
  • Take a blind leap on the AdrenaLUNA zipline tour at Rainforest Adventures St Lucia. Planners can up the zipline stakes and leap over to Rainforest Adventures St Lucia, located in the highland community of Chassin, Babonneau and set in St Lucia’s longest protected rainforest (1,250 acres are protected by the company). While not for the faint of heart (or for those afraid of the dark), the AdrenaLUNA nighttime zipline tour starts with a dark walk through the rainforest and launch off a volcanic boulder, continuing with a zipline through the high jungle canopy (only a headlamp leads the way) and a swing on a Tarzan-like rope, and finishing with a rappel back down to Earth. St Lucia also hosts an aerial tram, daytime zipline (called the ArenaLINE) and rainforest trails. According to Travel + Leisure, this park’s ArenaLUNA/LINE ranks amongst the World’s 16 Coolest Zip Lines. This property also offers bird-watching tours, waterfall walks and nature hikes in addition to an open-air hummingbird garden.
  • Jungle bobsled at Rainforest Adventures Jamaica. With Rainforest Adventures Jamaica, bobsledding isn’t just a wintertime sport for northerners. Rainforest Adventures Jamaica’s staff can help arrange the perfect meeting or incentive event, including closing down the park at night to accommodate a private function. Guests who visit the park, located on Mystic Mountain in the resort town of Ocho Rios, will discover a wild ride that’s inspired by the famous Jamaican bobsled Olympians and ranked by TripAdvisor.com as one of the top attractions in Ocho Rios. Bobsledders are safely strapped into a sled and then sped, using only gravity, down a 1,000-metre (3,281-foot) mountainside track through the dense rainforest. (Going a bit too fast? Slow down using a handbrake). To get back to earth, guests can drop by the butterfly garden (a spot designed to attract these insects in non-enclosed setting) and the hummingbird garden (a place for visitors to see and learn about Jamaica’s national bird in a natural setting). Finally, guests may cool off after a long day of jungle adventures with an exhilarating ride down the 77-metre (253-foot) mystic waterslide, ending in an infinity-edged pool.
  • Explore the Hidden Worlds of Rainforest Adventures in Mexico. Hidden Worlds, located in the Mayan jungle, is one of the Yucatan Peninsula’s best known locations for exploring the fascinating world of underground caves. Hidden Worlds features the world’s only Zip Coaster and Aero-Cycle. The Zip Coaster is a zipline adventure – designed to emulate the thrills of a roller-coaster – that weaves through the jungle before entering the darkness of a cave and terminating with a splash in the water. The Aero-Cycle is a bicycle suspended on a zipline and powered by pedalling through the rainforest canopy to the underground caves. Sustainablitiy improvements for Hidden Worlds began in early 2013 and are expected to be completed by mid-October, in time for the busy winter season. Ranging from the dining spaces to the ziplines, six months of work went into the park to further improve the sustainable adventure park.
  • Explore the depth and breadth of the Pearl of the Pacific with Panama Excursions. To open visitors’ eyes to the true heart and soul of Panama, Rainforest Adventures offers seven diverse tours, adventures and experiences: Shaping of Panama, Chagres River Adventure, Authentic Embera Indian Village, Miraflores Locks Observation Center, Eco Cruise on the Gatun Lake, Panama Canal Partial Transit and Panama Canal Railway. On the Authentic Embera Indian Tour, guests take a dugout canoe ride into Chagres National Park en route to a remote village. Once there, explorers will meet the chief, watch a series of traditional dances and take time to explore the village, meet the local people and purchase a crafted keepsake. With four exhibition halls, a visit to the Miraflores Locks Observation Center is an eye-opening and educational look at the shaping and importance of the Panama Canal and its locks. Nature-lovers wanting to be immersed in Panama’s lush flora and fauna needn’t look further than the Eco Cruise on the Gatun Lake tour, an experience that takes guests aboard a small boat for an exploration of back channels, islands and bays and to the Gatun Locks. Birds, monkeys, sloth, iguanas and crocodiles are just a few of the animals that can be spotted on this tour. Read more about the Meetings and Incentive Programs in Panama.

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