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Do it now: Zip line thrill rides

Get your kicks while flying above a gorge, forest canopy or moor on some of the world's newest zip-line courses, rated from easy to high-adrenalin extreme

By Sam Lewis
Published 28 Jun 2017, 09:00 BST, Updated 8 Jul 2021, 15:40 BST
Do it now: Zip line thrill rides
Do it now: Zip line thrill rides

Hard as nails
Fly like Superman by lying face-down on this zip-line, which propels riders at speeds of up to 95mph, 1,250ft above the jungle floor at ToroVerde Adventure Park in Puerto Rico. From US$135 (£109). toroverdepr.com

Easy peasy
Dangle 2,200ft above Niagara gorge on one of Ontario's latest attractions, offering staggering views of both the American and Canadian falls. From CAD$49.99 (£28). wildplay.com/niagarafalls

Not so hard
New twilight tours of Queenstown's forest canopy give adventurers the chance to step from treetop decks 65ft above the valley and dive into the darkness — with only a headlamp to light the way. From £85 per adult. ziptrek.co.nz

Are you crazy?
Angled at 56 degrees, the Zip Flyer Nepal plunges riders 2,000ft vertically in just two minutes. Expect great views — if you dare open your eyes. From US$68 (£55). highgroundnepal.com/zipflyer

World wonder
Zip-line in Peru's Urubamba Valley, more than 1,000ft above the valley floor. Seven days from £1,295 per person. realworldholidays.co.uk/peru

Did you know?

In Australia and New Zealand, zip-lines are also known as flying foxes, while in South Africa they're sometimes called foefie slides.

Get high: In numbers

7 miles: The length of what's billed as the longest canopy zip-line tour in Nosara, Costa Rica. From US$75 (£60) missskycanopytour.com

20: Zip-lines are the main draw at TreetopTrek, Manchester's newest attraction, which opened in June. From £24. treetoptrek.co.uk

2018: The year a new zip-line adventure over the Usk Valley will open at Celtic Manor, South Wales.celtic-manor.com/zip-world

94: Age of the oldest rider to date on the world's fastest zip-line, Zip World Velocity. From £60. zipworld.co.uk/adventure/detail/velocity

90 minutes: The time it takes to ride one of the world's longest zip-lines, which zips over Alaska's Icy Strait Point. icystraitpoint.com

4: The number of people who can zip-line together on Snowdonia's Zip World Titan. £180 for four people (March–October). zipworld.co.uk

1.25 miles: The length of the famous zip-wire in Sun City, South Africa, where riders travel at speeds of up to 100mph. zip2000.com

Published in the Jul/Aug 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)

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