Rain Forest Aerial Trams St. Lucia, an eco-adventure company in Chassin near Castries on the west coast of St. Lucia, launched its Adrena Line zipline tour. It is not for the faint of heart.
The tour begins with an orientation and safety briefing, followed by a hike through the rain forest and a scramble across the massive root systems of ancient trees.
At the first of 14 wooden platforms in the treetops, trained guides hitch riders to a series of cables to zip them from platform to platform.
At the final platform, named the Tarantula’s Nest, riders then rappel down a steep slope to terra firma.
All riggings and zipline activities are certified by the Association for Challenge Course Technology. Groups of eight are guided with two experienced guides called rainforest sweepers.
Other tamer activities at the site include aerial tram rides and gondolas, easy hikes, refreshments and shopping at the gift shop.
The zipline tour is priced at $69 per person; children under 12 are not permitted. A combination tram ride, entrance fee and hiking is $85 per person.
The original Rain Forest Aerial Tram Atlantic opened in 1994 in Costa Rica. It was built in the middle of 1,200 acres of dense jungle without impacting the forest, a requirement set by H. J. Von der Goltz, founder and owner.
There are five such trams now: two in Costa Rica on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, St. Lucia, Dominica and Jamaica.