Humans have longed to fly through the air for centuries (perhaps eons) before the Wright Brothers glided above the dunes of Kitty Hawk. Extreme athletes have pushed the envelope for decades, seeking to defy gravity in endeavors like base jumping, wingsuit flying, hang gliding, sky diving, and paragliding. Most of these sports require advanced training and, in some cases, years to obtain the necessary skills (or mindset) to take the leap. However, the advent of zip lining has allowed the average person to experience “flying” without the added training (or danger). Here are the three longest zip lines in the world:
No. 3: El Monstruo
Orocovis, Puerto Rico
Located at Toroverde adventure park, El Monstruo sits 1,200 feet above the ground and measures a whopping 8,300 feet long (that’s more than 1.5 miles of cable). Riders reach speeds of up to 95 mph face first and receive a flight certificate upon completion. The zip line’s name in English?
No. 2: ZipRider
Copper Canyon, Mexico
The ZipRider held the world record as the longest zip line by just 50 feet until early 2018. At 8,350 feet long, participants take flight from a launch platform set right on the edge of a canyon at Parque de Aventura Barrancas del Cobre. The two cables run parallel to one another, allowing participants to fly above three different canyons. Those who dare to take the leap will experience a vertical drop of over 1,450 feet as they travel over the fields of a local Tarahumaran community before reaching the landing platform right below the bottom station of the gondola.
No. 1: Jebel Jais Flight
Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Opened in early 2018, the current title-holder of the world’s longest zip line is Jebel Jais Flight in the UAE. It was developed in collaboration with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority(RAKTDA) and Toroverde, the same company that created El Monstruo in Puerto Rico. Set atop the country’s tallest mountain, Jebel Jais (6,345 feet), the ride is 9,284 feet (or 1.75 miles) in length. Participants will reach speeds close to 95 mph. Expect to pay $177 for this ride of a lifetime suspended above the rocky terrain.
A version of this article was originally published by Mike Richards on June 12, 2017. Last updated by Clay Abney on May 10, 2018.
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