Friday, August 22, 2014

Puerto Rico For Adrenaline Junkies

Puerto Rico may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of an adrenaline fix, but with the only rainforest in the USDA systems and the third largest cave system in the world; Puerto Rico has a few things up its sleeve.

Here are 10 companies that will get your heart racing and your adrenaline pumping in Puerto Rico.

Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park

toro verde adventure parkThe Toro Verde Adventure Park located in Orocovis is the newest park to open here in Puerto Rico. The park offers zip line tour, bridge and rappelling tour as well as a mountain bike trail designed by professional mountain bike rider Marla Streb.

Zip Line Tour
8 zip lines varying in length and height from 814ft (height of 131ft) to 2526 (height of 623ft). Priced at $75

The Beast Tour
Takes you on the longest zip line in the park at 4745ft (height of 853ft) which you take flying along on your stomach parallel to the ground. The tour also include the Slide at 2690ft long and the Flight of the Phoenix at 2526ft long. Priced at $50

The Wild Bull Tour
Mixes in zip lines (2), cable bridges (5) and rappelling and is physically demanding (per website). Priced at $85

Escape If You Can
Combines zip lines (4), rappelling and The Chupacabras’ Trail (a mixture of trails, fixed cables and bridges). Priced at $85

Marla Streb’s Singletrack Jungle
Mountain bike trail designed by Marla Streb

More information at their website

Acampa

Acampapr Adventure Tours Puerto RicoAcampa provide adventures in the Carite National Forest and Toro Negro Rainforest combining, hiking, river trekking, rappelling and ziplines. They also other a unique Full Moon zip line adventure.
From the site ‘Enjoy a rush of excitement while you explore the natural beauty of Puerto Rico!’

Mucaro River & Zipline Rainforest Adventure (1/2 Day)
Acampa’s Mucaro Rainforest and Zip Line tour is located on private land on the edge of the Carite National Forest. This half day tour (approximately 6 hours) includes, hiking upriver, over boulders, waterfalls, and jollas (steep and winding rock gullies). Once at the top of the hike, you will experience 4 zip lines with some rappelling and even more ‘jolla’ climbing.

Cost: $125 per person (tax included)
When: Daily provided there is a minimum of six people – 7am – 1pm (afternoon sessions – contact Acampa)
Transport: provided from San Juan hotels

Toro Negro Rainforest & Waterfall Zipline Adventure (Full Day)
The Acampa Toro Negro Rainforest & Waterfall Zip Line tour is located in the Cordillera Central region of Puerto Rico. This full day tour (7am – 6pm) takes place on private land close to the national forest and begins with a hike through a local coffee plantation to the Quebrada Rosa, which is a tributary of the Toro Negro River. You then hike upstream through waterfall climbs, boulders and pools. After a break for lunch, which is provided by a local Puerto Rican family, you will continue your hike reaching an elevation of around 3200ft above sea level.
From here you will head back to the starting point hiking and using 5 zip lines that cross waterfalls and canyons.

Cost: $169 per person (tax included)
When: Daily provided there is a minimum of six people – 7am – 1pm (afternoon sessions – contact Acampa)
Transport: provided from San Juan hotels

Full Moon Zip Line Adventure
The Acampa Full Moon Zip Line tour takes place at Mucaro (same as the daytime tour), but as the title suggests takes place ONLY when there is a full moon (7am – 1pm). You will be wearing headlamps as you hike your way to the zip lines and experience the thrill of zip lining under a full moon. At the end of the night you will enjoy a traditional Puerto Rican stew, beverages, music and local beer by an open fire.

Cost: $169 per person (tax included)
When: Once a month, Only on a full moon night
Age Limit: 18 years and older
Transport: provided from San Juan hotels

Notes for all Acampa tours:
Acampa is endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company
Bring a Daypack, water, camera, close-toed shoes that can get wet, comfortable hiking clothes a towel and change of dry
Full Details available at their website

Aventuras Tierra Adentro

adventurespr Adventure Tours in Puerto RicoAventuras Tierra Adentro offers 3 adventure tours; zip lining, canyoning and caving.
From the website ‘No experience is necessary for you to take part in these adventures all of which are guaranteed to reward you with an adrenaline rush.’

Zip Line:
Aventuras Zip Line tour is ONLY offered on a Thursday and will have you flying over the Angeles sink hole at the Rio Camuy Cave system. The tour starts with an initial hike before you reach the zip lines and ferratas (vertical pathways equipped with cables, metal rebars and ladders).

When: Thursday
Cost: $150 per person (tax included)
Transport: is provided from San Juan and also Arecibo

Canyoning:
Aventuras canyoning tour is ONLY offered on a Saturday. If zip lining is too tame for you then the canyoning tour is probably more your thing. This tour will have you exploring close to El Yunque rainforest using various techniques to navigate the river. On this tour you will, zip line, use ferratas, rappel, rock climb and free jump in order to complete the course.

When: Saturday
Cost: $160 per person (tax included)
Transport: is provided from San Juan and also Canovanas

Caving:
Aventuras Caving tour is ONLY offered on a Saturday and will take you on an adventure through the Camuy Cave system. The tour starts with a short hike followed by a zip line and then a 250 feet rappel into the mouth of the Angeles Cave. From here you will have the chance to explore the caves chambers and subterranean rivers.

When: Sunday
Cost: $170 (tax included)
Transport: is provided from San Juan and also Arecibo

Notes for all 3 tours offered by Aventuras:
Minimum age is 15 and participants between 15-20 years old must be accompanied by an adult
You need to be in good physical shape
Take a complete change of clothes (including shoes and towel)
Take some snacks and drinks
Full Details available at their website

Batey Zipline Adventure

Batey Zip line Adventure Tours in Puerto RicoBatey Zipline’s are located close to the Caguana Indian Ceremonial Park near Utuado and their tours take place along the Tanamá River and caves in that area.
From the site ‘All our tours include crossing our 140ft. amazing suspended bridge ’La Jamaka’ (hammock bridg)’

Classic Tour
The Batey Classic Tour is a half day adventure (around 4.5 hours) that will see you visit a cave, rappel approximately 70 feet, tackle several zip lines (across the Tanamá Rivera) and hike along an interpretative path for approximately 45 minutes.

Cost: $109 per person + tax (children under 12 pay half price)

Zipline Tour
The Batey Zipline Tour is a 3 hour tour that includes 8 zip lines consisting of around 3,200 feet of cable. This is a short 3 hour adrenaline rush tour.

Cost: $85 per person + tax (Children under 12 pay $55 + tax)

Full Day Tour
The Batey Full Day Tour includes around 90 minutes of interpretative hiking, the chance to visit two caves and also includes 6 zip lines and 70 feet of rappelling.

Cost: $129 per person + tax (children under 12 pay $69 + tax) – vegetarian lunch provided

Notes for all the Batey Tours
Minimum age is 7 years (with an accompanying adult)
You need to be a good physical shape
Full Details available at their website

Ecoquest Adventures & Tours

ecoquest adventure tours in Puerto RicoEcoquest provides adventures combining zip lining, rappelling, hiking and kayaking
From the website ‘Ecoquest strives to promote the ecotourism and conservation of the Island’s natural wonders.’

San Salvador Rainforest Zip Lining & Rappelling
The Ecoquest San Salvador Rainforest Zip Lining & Rappelling Adventure is a full day tour (8:00am-4:00pm) that takes place in the San Salvador forest, close to Caguas. On this tour you will enjoy zip lines up to 400 feet long, rappel 80 feet into a waterfall, belay over rocks as well as hiking in a river.

Cost: $139 per person, includes fresh fruit and a complete Puerto Rican meal
Transport: provided from San Juan

San Salvador Rainforest Zip Lining
The Ecoquest San Salvador Rainforest Zip Lining tour is another full day tour (8:00am-4:00pm) that will see you hike along and in the Turabo River and zip line across the canyons of the San Salvador Rainforest.

Cost: $119 per person, includes fresh fruit and a complete Puerto Rican meal
Transport: provided from San Juan

Campo Rico Zip Lining Adventure
The Ecoquest Campo Rico Zip Lining tour takes place just 5 minutes from San Juan. Hacienda Campo Rico is a secluded spot that is composed of lush valleys, mangroves, lagoons and limestone mountains. This is a half day tour (8:30am-12n and 1:30pm-5pm ) and you will a hike through the northern coastal plain, followed by a 20 minute kayak paddle and another short hike to the top of the first mountain. From here you will take 3 zip lines (including the longest in Puerto Rico at 900 feet) with the last zip line ending at the unique hilltop Mojito Bar where you will enjoy a local Puerto Rican meal.

Cost: $139 per person including a complete Puerto Rican meal
Transport: provided from San Juan

Notes for Ecoquest tours:
Ecoquest are endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company
You need to be a good physical shape
San Salvador Rainforest adventures age limit is 12 and 65 years of age
Campo Rico Ziplining Adventure age limit is 11 and 65 years of age
Full Details available at their website

Rocaliza

rocaliza adventure tours in Puerto RicoOffer adventures near the Carite Forest as well as rock climbing at the Julio Enrrique Monagas Park in Bayamón
From the website ‘you will be able to experience Puerto Rico’s beauty and uniqueness in a whole different way!’

El Salto Waterfall Zip Line & Rappelling Adventure
Rocaliza El Salto Waterfall Zip Line & Rappelling tour takes place close at the El Salto river closeto Caguas in the vicinity of the Carite forest. This full day tour (9am – 5pm) includes hiking, upstream river trekking, an 80 foot rappel down a waterfall and zip lines with over 1500 feet of cables. You will also have the chance to relax in crystal clear river pools and waterfalls. This tour also includes a typical Puerto Rican meal cooked by a local family.

Cost: $135 per person + tax
When: Daily provided there is a minimum of 4 people
Transport: provided from San Juan

El Salto Waterfall Zip Line & Waterfall Rock Climbing Adventure (Half Day)
This is a shorter tour (9am – 1pm) provided by Rocaliza for those folks who want to experience the adventure but don’t have the time to take the full day tour. On this tour you will still get to hike upriver, climb a 25 foot waterfall, enjoy the 80 foot waterfall and zip line over 1500 feet of cable. You also still get to enjoy a meal cooked by a local Puerto Rican family.

Cost: $105 per person + tax
When: Daily provided there is a minimum of 4 people
Transport: provided from San Juan

Limestone Forest Rock Climbing & Rappelling Adventure
The Rocaliza Limestone Forest Rock Climbing & Rappelling Adventure takes place at the Julio Enrrique Monagas Park in Bayamón (about 20mins from San Juan). This half day tour (8am – 12pm or 12pm – 4pm) starts with a forest hike that leads to caves and limestone formations and great views of the San Juan bay and city. You will then rappel down 60 feet followed by rock climbing. This is a great way to learn the techniques of rappelling and rock climbing, if you have never done it before.

Cost: $95 per person + tax
When: Daily provided there is a minimum of 2 people
Transport: is provided from San Juan

Notes for Rocaliza Tours:
Rocaliza are endorsed by the Puerto Rico Tourism Company
You need to be a good physical shape
Wear Shorts or long pants (not jeans) and at-shirt, hiking boots or hiking sandals
Bring a change of clothes, towel, snacks, day pack, sandals (for after the adventure), camera, rain jacket or poncho
Full Details available at their website

The Rocaliza site also has information on Rock Climbing areas around Puerto Rico – check here

La Marquesa Original Canopy Tour Park

original canopy tour in Puerto RicoThe La Marquesa Original Canopy Tour is located in Guaynabo approximately 30 minutes from San Juan.

The tour consists of 8 zip lines and 14 platforms and a single rappel with the tour lasting about 2 hours At the La Marquesa the various zip lines are mounted between 10 and 70 feet above the forest floor.

From the site ‘there is a spectacular view of San Juan and the Port on a clear day’

More details available at their website

Team Spirit Hang Gliding and Paragliding

team spirit hangliding in Puerto RicoTeam Spirit Hang Gliding and Paragliding offer tandem flights from their launch site near Canovanas.

The tandem flights include full briefing on what to do and expect during your flight.

Each tandem flights lasts between 10 – 30 minutes depending on weather conditions with the overall trip (briefing, flight and return to launch site) lasting up to 2 hours.

Cost: $139 per person
Transport: is not included
When: Daily but you need to contact Team Spirit Hang Gliding and Paragliding for availability
Website (with limited information) is here

Xtremedivers

xtremedivers Puerto RicoXtremedivers located in Arecibo offer tandem jumps on a Saturday & Sunday from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM by reservation or also on a on a ‘first come first served basis’.

Price depends on the number of people jumping, but is typically around $225 with an additional $95 if you would like to have your jump recorded (the DVD is edited with music and 24 photos of the skydive).

Xtremedivers also offers solo jump classes and $290 will get you an 8 hour class, your first solo jump, and log book.

Additional jumps will the cost you $165 up to jump number 8 which costs $80 (this is the graduation jump from 4,500 feet)

More information at their website

Yunke Zipline Adventure

yunke zip line adventure tours in Puerto RicoYunke Zipline are located in the foothills of Sierra de Luquillo and offers a morning and afternoon zip line adventure that lasts approximately 4 hours.
From the website ’So don’t miss this unbelievable experience during your visit to Puerto Rico’

The tour starts with a 1 mile hike to the first zip line platform. From here you will enjoy 7 zip lines and 3 rappels (total of 2,100 feet long approximately). 6 of the zip lines are located on a hillside within the forest and vary in length from 80 – 200 feet. The final zip line is 800 feet long and will give you awesome views of the northern limit of the Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque).

Cost: $99 per person
Location: Luquillo, barrio Mameyes on road 992, km 4

Note: Puerto Rico Residents: every Sunday Puerto Rico residents receive 20% discount
Full Details available at their website

Have you been on any of these adrenaline adventures here in Puerto Rico? Are there any other adrenaline adventures / companies that you would recommend? Add your thoughts to the comments below.

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