The History of Zipline

ZiplineZip-lining is one of the most popular and exhilarating outdoor adventures for people on vacation in Puerto Vallarta and the Riviera Nayarit. It is not a recent invention. In fact, as far back as 1897 the zip line (then called an “inclined strong”) was referred to by H.G. Wells in his famous novel The Invisible Man. Here is a look at some of the history of the zip line.

Zip lines have been used in remote and mountainous areas, including Europe, China and the Himalayas, since the 1700’s as a method of crossing rivers, gullies or other natural roadblocks. In the Australian Outback, zip lines (called Flying Foxes by the Aussies) were a popular method of delivering food, tools and other necessities to workers in remote areas and were even used during wartime to deliver ammunition to Australian troops during conflicts.

So… how did zip-lining and canopy tours become a recreational, thrill-seeking adventure? Professors, researchers and college students working in dense jungles in the 1970’s collecting data used this great method of transportation and delivery to assist in their research….and you don’t have to have a university degree to realize that zipping over the jungle canopy is fun! Then in 1992, the film Medicine Man popularized the sport as they used zip-lines to catch amazing shots.

Today there are numerous Zip Line Adventure camps around the Banderas Bay and Riviera Nayarit. Contact us today to schedule your fun:

Be sure to ask us about the Extreme Zip Line.

Extreme Zip Line

Thanks go out to Kimberly King of San Pancho for her newsletter post on the subject.


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