Canopy Los Veranos - The History of the zip line

Although zip-lining is one of the most popular and exhilarating outdoor adventures for people on vacation in Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit, it’s not a recent invention. In fact, way back in 1897 the zip line (then called an “inclined strong”) was referred to by H.G. Wells in his famous novel The Invisible Man. So let’s look at some of the history of the zip line.

Zip lines have been used in remote and mountainous areas, including Europe, China and the Himalayas, since the 1700’s as a method of crossing rivers, gullies or other natural roadblocks.  In the Australian Outback, zip lines (called Flying Foxes by the Aussies) were a popular method of delivering food, tools and other necessities to workers in remote areas and were even used during wartime to deliver ammunition to Australian troops during conflicts.

So how did zip-lining and canopy tours become a recreational, thrill-seeking adventure?  Professors, researchers and college students working in dense jungles in the 1970’s collecting data used this great method of transportation and delivery to assist in their research….and you don’t have to have a university degree to realize that zipping over the jungle canopy is fun!  Then in 1992, the film Medicine Man popularized the sport as they used zip-lines to catch amazing shots.

So now you can come to Los Veranos Canopy Tour and experience for yourself why zip-lining has been useful and fun adventure for generations across the globe.

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