Hilarious flying through hot heaven – Wild Canyon zip line in Los Cabos
Sunday 12th May 2013. My last day at Marina Fiesta Resort in Cabo San Lucas. I can still feel the same way I felt that day. I didn’t want to leave. Needed more days in the paradise with breath-taking sunsets above Marina. More days to recover from what happened in Napa, forgive the person and just let it go.
But I had to check out at 11 am, store my luggage and wait for my pick up from Wild Canyon. It was organized by Alberto, a friend of my new online friend The Dapper Traveller.
I have done zip line a few times in different places, from my first zip line above 120 m tall Chilfon waterfall when I was scared like hell, to my last so far in Bootleg Canyon close to Las Vegas. I fell in love with zip line and each time I do it, it’s a new awakening for me. It reminds me that the possibilities are endless and life without risk is not worth it.
Not that you are really undergoing any risk when zip lining, as the Wild Canyon zip line in Los Cabos can hold up to 18 tons. But I mean risk in a way of pushing your limits further. And even though I am a zip line biggest fan, that day was not my best day and doing it meant going out of my comfort zone. Comfort zone of that day.
But you know what they say. Everything happens for a reason and when our driver opened the door for us at the Wild Canyon to register, I realized the zip line was there for me to prove me, wasting time thinking of what happened was not worth it. The world was out there for me.
It was an extremely hot day. At least for me. Pure summer sweating day. We left all our belongings in the lockers, got a free bottle of water, a helmet, a harness and everything necessary for our biggest safety.
I loved the fact that the Wild Canyon zip line employees were all energetic guys in a good mood and wearing their name on the back of their T-shirts. Made it a lot easier.
After a brief explanation of what to do, we kicked it off with the first out of 8 zip lines. That was the biggest amount of them I’ve ever done in one place. Before the maximum I’ve ever done it was 5 zip lines.
The first one was short and soft to make us get used to the feeling of flying and the position with the legs up. Then in between all the other zip lines we had to walk to reach the next one. I was kissing my bottle of water that let me not to collapse when hiking in such a heat. Because hiking is the right word. Not walking. It was all up the hill in the Baja California semi-desert. And with my regular sinus infection. Ouch!
Seeing that the others had the same difficulties with breathing and were sweating as well made it a bit better (bad, right?!) The zip line guys were just smiling ”This is nothing. You should come here in August!” I kept hearing.
We did 7 zip lines in lying position but also one in seated position with the knees up.
Apart from all the hiking, I was already in a good mood and enjoying. And we could even do some zip lines in pairs! Well, I didn’t have anyone but a nice older gentleman who was there with his brother and his husband offered to go with me. That was the funniest zip line ever! The guy was always the one in the front and the girl was behind him tucking up her feet under his underarms. It felt a lot safer than going on my own.
There was another thing that made me laugh loudly. Out of 4 couples that were doing zip line with me, 2 guys were super scared before each zip line while their wives were happier than never. You should have listened to their commentaries and seen their faces before each new zip line. Well, and here you go. Women are braver!
Unfortunately, the older gentleman couldn’t catch up his breath after one of the hikes and decided to quit. At least he was the only one with a better reason than being a scared loser. He had heart problems and after the surgery he didn’t want to risk it in the heat. I so understood him. Him, together with his brother were taken down on an ATV. Great professionalism from the zip line guys to do so.
In between the zip lines, each station had shade and chairs to rest. At 2 of them we could refill our bottles for free or even buy some snacks.
At the following zip lines for 2 people, I was matched with another older guy, the only one that left from their group of three.
I really enjoyed the conversations with the rest of my group and also the zip line employees. Once again, they all seemed to love my travel blogging job but with a surprised glimpse of not understanding why I travel alone.
The last zip line was here and we could do it in 4 people! Yes, the adrenaline rush was multiplied by 4! I was the last one out of us 4 and it felt indescribably unforgettable. I thought such a thing did not exist!
The last short hike, get rid of the harness and run into bathroom. Relieved and in a funfuckingtastic mood I could sit back at the restaurant, order lunch and look at my photos. Not many zip line companies take photos during the tours but at Wild Canyon they do. Our photographer was Gabo and he managed to take cool shots!
I had another interesting conversation at lunch with Dennys, one of the employees, together with the 3 older guys I did the zip line with. One of them, the second one I was coupled with to do the pair zip line was married to Richard’s brother. Only there I found out they were gay! Now I understand why they were so pleasant to talk to despite being of my grandpa’s age. I also found out that grandparents of one of them emigrated to the USA from Slovakia back in the end of 19th century!
After the lunch when everyone picked up their photos, a van took us back to our hotels. I got my luggage at Marina Fiesta and was ready to move to Hacienda Encantada.