Our Rain Forest Adventures
The video that goes along with this article was made the last week of Feb 2020. We were on the Celebrity Summit for a week cruise out of San Juan Puerto Rico and St Lucia was our second stop.
Book Through the Cruise Line or Book Independently?
I always tend to book my own tours and don’t often go with the planned ship excursions. My desire to go it on our own created a lot of debate within our group. The down side of going on your own – if something happens you are on your own so if the ship sails and you haven’t made it back then its up to you to figure out how to get to the next island to rejoin the ship. The up side of going on your own. Often cheaper, less crowded, and you often catch glimpses of the real location that you are visiting.
Zip Line & Rainforest Tour: TripAdvisor
I read the reviews and went independently through Rainforest Adventures and so glad that I did. The tour operator had someone meet us just as we got off the ship and had the van ready to go for the drive up into the mountains. Traveling any of the roads in most countries other than those in North America is not for the feint of heart but we got to our destination safely.
Checking in and Suiting Up
Check in was a breeze and they have small lockers for rent. You sign all the waivers holding them harmless and then they start helping you get suited up with the gear needed to Zip Line. This is where we met our two guides – Sancha and Junior. Two of the nicest and smartest people I have had the pleasure of spending a day with.
Starter Zip Line
The place is set up with a zip line near where you get your safety equipment at the base operations and is there for everyone to get acquainted with the gear and how the whole process works. This is your first taste of the adrenaline rush of riding the steel cable via gravity.
The Ultimate Three (Tranopy)
While there is a shorter version of the zip line tours specifically for cruise ship passengers we opted for the Ultimate Three which combined a gondola ride, hiking, and zip lining.
This place has a slow-moving open-air gondola that takes you from their base of operations up the mountain to where their zip lines are located. Sancha and Junior kept up a running commentary on all the trees, bushes, plants, birds, and all things related to life on St Lucia. They are truly great tour guides and know their island well.
The Hike Down
It’s a good walk downhill to the first of 9 zip lines but the plants and forest is verdant and beautiful. Our day was not to hot and was very pleasant in temperature so walking was not that strenuous.
Zip Lining Through the Trees
What can I say, but this is a ton of fun! Sancha and Junior kept us safe and laughing throughout the 9 zip lines and we had a so much fun!
The Hike Back Uphill to the Aerial Tram
That’s right – I said back uphill! While it was not that hot, our group had to stop to catch our breath several times on the long walk back to catch the gondola back down to their base of operations. Someone needs to figure out more zip lines at the top.
Back at Base Camp
Fruit juices and a gift shop were waiting for us when we arrived back down at their base of operations. Vans were waiting in the parking lot to take us back to our cruise ship. We got back to the ship mid-afternoon and which gave us time for a snack, some beers, and a dip in the pool to fill the rest of our afternoon before dinner.