Zip lines

Your heart is racing. The branches whoosh ever faster, ever fainter to the roar of the wind. Then, you finally see it: the vastness of the lake and the volcanoes. You’re flying!

The Cables at the Reserve

The Cables are two circuits (X-Tremos and Ultras) of zip lines that cross the San Buenaventura Valley and reach the tip of the bay with Lake Atitlán and its volcanoes as background.

Many Experiences in One

Each zip-line is a different experience: some are as high as 60 m (196 ft.), others have superb vistas of forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and the lake itself. At the end of each circuit there is an optional ropes course.

Safety First

Given that this is an extreme activity, the Cables X-Tremos are remarkably safe. Our guides are conscientiously trained and all our equipment (harnesses, carabineers, slings, trolleys, etc.) has US and European certification. The design and construction of the zip trek followed international standards for safety and has been tested with loads that provide wide margins of safety.

Zip line // CablesOur Ride That’s Become a Classic

The Cables X-Tremos at the Reserva Natural Atitlán pass along waterfalls, canyons, the valley and the coffee grove forest. This tour, in comparison with the Ultra X-Tremos, has a wide variety of sceneries as it crosses picturesque parts of the valley. These cables are also generally shorter and are therefore great as an introduction to extreme experiences.

  • Tours leave at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm
  • Please arrive 30 minutes early for preparation and instruction.

 

Specifications

  • Number of zip-lines: 8
  • Total zip-line distance: 1300 m (4223 ft.)
  • Height range: 90 m (295 ft.) to 320 m (1050 ft.)
  • Total tour time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Walking: 450 m (1476 ft.) walk with a vertical ascent of 80 m (262 ft.)

What will I see as I glide through the X-Tremos?

Quite a bit. At first, you will see the whole of the San Buenaventura valley, the Reserve’s valley. You will see the old homestead, the visitors’ center, the auditorium, and the Nature Reserve’s lodgings. You will also be seeing some of the hanging bridges and the waterfall, and of course, you will see the lake and the volcanoes. On the last cables you will be flying right above our coffee grove. Keep your eyes open for the rocky wall and its xerophyte vegetation in the second zip-line!

IMG_4165Our Most Thrilling Ride

On the Ultra-X-Tremos you’ll ride across part of the valley and to and from the tip of the San Buenaventura Bay, to end in the coffee grove forest. The Ultra X-Tremos have the most most breathtaking views of the lake and the longest cables. The tour includes a walk along an ancient trail once used by merchants of the lake basin.

 

  • There is a weight limit of 250 lbs for the Ultra X-Tremos because of the speed of the ride.  
  • Tours leave at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.
  • Please arrive 30 minutes early for preparation and instruction.

Specifications

Specifications:

  • Number of zip-lines: 7
  • Total zip-line distance: 2,381m (8,763 ft.)
  • Cable distance range: 90m (295ft.) to 860m (2,822ft.). Yes, you read right. That’s a long ride!
  • Total tour time: 2hr
  • Walking: 900m (2,953 ft.) with a vertical ascent of 136 m (446 ft.)

What can I see as I glide through the Ultras?

You. Are. In. For. A. Treat. After reading this, check out the video below, to better understand what you’re getting into. It’s amazing. You will see almost the same things as the X-Tremos, although you will be facing the volcanoes in our longest cable. A minute and a half of flying towards the most beautiful panorama you’ll see. The volcanoes – Atitlan, Toliman and Cerro de Oro – are clearly visible, as well as the towns of Panajachel, San Antonio, San Lucas and Santiago. You will fly by a rocky cliff with agaves and cacti. With some luck, there you can see red tailed hawks, blue herons, and troops of coatis and foxes. We told you were in for a treat. From zip line C, you can see the San Buenaventura Valley.

Optional Ropes Course for Dessert

Both the X-Tremos and the Ultras end in an optional ropes course. See if you can cross a river on thin wooden planks or wobbling from one swing to another!

We have a test zip line to insure that our visitors learn about safety and what the experience entails, while we fit the harness and trolley to each visitor. Thus, it is our policy that once you are on the trail to go up we don’t reimburse anybody for the zip lines. And we make this explicit with a sign at the time of payment.

Is it safe?

Bring it on!

Yes! As long as you’re neither:

  1. ignoring our security instructions
  2. heavier than 14,000 lbs (7.26 metric tonnes)

This means that well trained, adolescent African bush elephant could go for it.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, you’ve got to be older than 2 and younger than 85 years old. Those are the ages covered by our insurance. Children can choose to go in tandem with a guide.DSCN0348

Kid in Cables // Niño en Cables

What is riding in tandem with a guide?

Cables tandem Zip-line tandem Reserva Natural AtitlánIt’s being safely attached to a guide who will brake for you in the cables. This is especially useful for children or people who prefer to solely sit back and enjoy the ride.

How long and difficult is the trail to reach the zip-lines?

The gradual climb takes about 20-25 minutes. It depends on how much time our guides stop for you to catch your breath and/or admire the forest. The trail is 450 m (1500 ft) long and has a vertical ascent of 80 m (260 ft). For the Ultras, you continue on the trail for 10 more minutes. It’s not too bad.

What do you see on the way to the zip-lines?

A lot. You’ll go by our coffee grove, 5 hanging bridges that cross valleys and rivers, the deciduous forest and an ancient bridle trail. This same trail leads to the Ultras, whose own trail has the forest on one side and a magnificent rock wall on the other.

Which one should I choose? The X-Tremos and the Ultras?

The X-Tremos are our classic ride. It has spectacular views and is a shorter hike than the Ultras. It is also a great introduction to zip-lining, as the cables are generally shorter and not as high in the air.

The Ultras are, well, ultra extreme. The cables are way longer and the views are astounding.

If you still can’t decide, check out all of these numbers:

 

Cables X-Tremos

Cables Ultras

Number of zip lines:

8

7

Total length of lines:

1290 m (4233 ft)

2,381 m (7812 ft)

Length of lines:

81 m (266 ft) to 310 m (1017ft)

90 m (951 ft) to 860 m (28822 ft)

Maximum height

25 m (82 ft)

55 m (180 ft)

Tour duration:

1 hr. y 30 min.

1 hr. y 50 min.

Length of trail to zip lines:

450 m (1476 ft)

900 m (2952 ft)

Vertical ascent of trail:

80 m (262 ft)

136 m (446 ft)

 

If you still can’t decide, we have coins we can lend you to flip.

It is scary?

P1100556It can be, but most find it thrilling. Our guides are used to dealing with scared zip-liners, and we have a tiny 8 m (26 ft) zip-line that you can try before trying the actual circuit. We encourage you to go on the cables, but feel free to walk around the Reserve seeing all our other attractions!