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Mexican Riviera Zip-Line Excursion Tips

Zip-line excursions are popular in the Mexican Riviera.
Zip-line excursions are popular in the Mexican Riviera.
One of the most common shore excursions on a Mexican Riviera cruise is a zip-line adventure.

Zip-line excursions are exploding in popularity around the world. They are becoming more popular on cruises everywhere including the Caribbean, Alaska and elsewhere.

Adventurous cruise visitors to the Mexican Riviera should answer two questions if they are thinking about a zip-line tour:

  • Why should I go on a zip-line tour in the Mexican Riviera versus anywhere else?
  • Where should I take one in the Mexican Riviera when so many of them are available?

Each zip-line park is a matter of location, price, size of facility and length of visit. For example, a zip-line tour in a Costa Rica jungle is a much different experience than one in a Mexican desert. In the case of the Mexican Riviera, many of the parks offer similar arid or semi-arid environments.

But some of them are larger than others. Parks with more or longer zip-lines will take longer to visit and cost more.

Prices also are a combination of transportation, facility fee and amenities (if any). Larger zip-line parks will pick up visitors from hotels or other central locations. These options are less expensive. Cruise lines will offer shore excursions to the parks that include transportation. These options are sometimes more expensive, but they also are more convenient.

Following are some examples of zip-line parks available at the larger Mexican Riviera cruise ports. So many options are available that cruise planners should do some research before their trip to find which one best fits their schedule, budget and interest. Prices are subject to change at any time.

Catalina Island


Catalina Island, which is a common stop for Mexican Riviera cruises out of Los Angeles and Long Beach, has a zip-line facility with a unique ecological theme.

The two-hour Zip Line Eco Tour at Catalina Island's Descanso Beach Club has five separate zip lines dropping from 600 feet above sea level. The longest is 1,100 lineal feet. The zip lines are as high as 300 feet and offer speeds up to 40 miles per hour.

The tour is unique because each transfer point to another zip line includes a brief presentation about Catalina Island's ecology. Prices are $129 per person.

Ensenada


Las Cañadas Campamento is a campground and water park about 30 minutes south of the Ensenada town center. The zip-line facility has five hanging bridges and five ziplines. Two of the lines are more than 1,300 feet long. Speeds go up to 25 miles per hour.

Visitors who use their own transportation will pay about $30 per person for this one-hour excursion.

Cabo San Lucas


Zip lines are available at several locations including Costa Azul and Wild Canyon.

Costa Azul in a desert location has eight lines plus a 180-foot free-fall rapel and a 160-foot suspension bridge. Prices for this three-hour tour start at about $99 per person.

The four-hour Wild Canyon tour also has eight lines with one as long as 2,500 feet and that go as high as 300 feet. Prices including transportation start at about $110.

The Outdoor Canopy Adventure claims it has the longest and fastest zip line in Mexico at nearly 4,000 feet long and speeds up to 60 miles an hour. Prices start at $129 per person.

Mazatlán


The Veraneando Adventure Zipline and River Ride Tour about 40 minutes from Mazatlan has 12 zip lines and a river tour. Transportation is available only from some local hotels. The total length of the lines is more than one kilometer or about three-fourths of a mile.

Prices start at about $85 and include lunch. An excursion via the cruise line that includes transportation will cost about $105 per person.

Puerto Vallarta


Canopy Indio Adventure Park has 10 zip lines with more than 10,000 total feet. The park says that some are more than a half mile long and go as high as 700 feet. Expect to pay $65 or more per person, not including transportation. Excursions from cruise lines start at about $100 per person including lunch.
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