We did a lot of fun and interesting stuff on our recent trip to the Caribbean. We hiked through rainforests to secluded waterfalls.
We drove some of the wingliest (real word, honest)* roads ever – although admittedly none were as ‘interesting’ as those in Jamaica last year.
We saw plantations – both active and in ruins – for all sorts of exotic crops, including sugar, bananas and nutmeg.
We walked along beautiful sandy beaches and swam in the warm Caribbean Sea.
And we explored forts on every island we visited.
But in terms of pure thrills, our morning at Toro Verde Adventure Park, near the town of Orocovis in Puerto Rico, was unbeatable.
We started off with eight ziplines of varying lengths and speeds, which was very exciting, but nothing we hadn’t done before.
But then came the big one. La Bestia. The Beast!
Toro Verde claim the Beast is the highest and second longest zipline in the world, although a quick internet search makes me wonder. Even so, it’s stats are impressive: riders travel a distance of 4745 feet (1446 metres), up to 900 feet (275 metres) above the ground, at speeds of around 60 mph (95 kph).
But the best thing about the Beast is that you ride it prone – lying down – like Superman! You really do feel like you’re flying. And with the Beast’s two parallel cables, you can race your friends to the bottom, at literally eye-watering speeds!
To quote my brother, Bisckits… “Wicked!”
* OK – so it’s not a real word.