We had asked about doing the longest zip line in the world, and the cable car in the canyon. It turns out that they're doing scheduled maintenance on them today and tomorrow, so if we really wanted to do them, we would pretty much have to do them yesterday.
Can't say enough good things about Mario and the Hotel Divisadero Barrancas. Thanks for helping us out! Here's a couple of pics of the hotel...
Ruth, at the huge wooden entrance door.
More gorgeous views.
If you get bored looking at the view (not!) you can watch the hummingbirds.
This fellow actually sat still for us for a little while.
We hopped in Sherman to do the short drive to the Ecotours. We had to pay 20 pesos ($1.65) each to get in. Once you have aticket, you can stay as long as you wish. I asked if we could park overnight, and they said sure, but the gates are locked after 7:00pm, so we would be stuck until morning. No problem.
Especially for the greatest boondocking spot in the world!
Free camping overlooking the Copper Canyon. Spectacular! GPS 27.526269, -107.827443
We parked up nice and close to the edge so that we would have a spectacular view from our side window. I've used that word "spectacular" a few times over the last couple of days!
And I'm not done yet!
They have several adventure packages at the teleferico (cable car). You can do one of the longest zip lines in the world, at 2.5 kms (1.6 miles) and take the cable car back to the top. Or you can do a series of 7 smaller ziplines and bridges and take the cable car back. Or you can take the cable car both ways. Or they have an obstacle course type of thing that looks like fun too. Something for everybody!
So...we decided to do the longest zip line in the world, where you reach speeds up to 105 km/h (65 mph)!
The departure point for the big zipline!
There are two of the long zip lines. I asked these guys if they had already done the maintenance on the one we were using!
Okay. I'm strapped in and ready to go. This is my view!
And I'm off. Too fun!
The first five seconds are pretty exhilarating because you gain speed so quickly. But after that, you adjust your senses a little and just enjoy the ride. It lasts for about two minutes, which doesn't sound like much but when you're doing it it seems like a really long time!
Scenery on the way down.
Apparently this is what I look like going down a zip line at 60 mph! No idea why my eyes look closed...I thought they were open at the time!
Coming in for a landing.
The whole system brakes automatically, so it was a pretty easy landing. Then, I got to watch as Ruth came down. She was so far away that I had a hard time picking her up with the zoom lens!
Here she comes!
Ha! Is this someone having fun, or what??!
Then, we had a 15 minute hike up to the cable car platform.
Along the way, we met a dog and some goats.
And the guy looking after them. People still live in the canyon below.
If you need to go...this place will do!
Fantastic! Actually, spectacular!!
If you ever want to feel like you're flying, this is a good way to do it!
Glowing smiles after a great day.
The view out of our window at dusk.
We made our way across in the cable car and back to Sherman and the best boondocking spot in the world overlooking the canyon. Simply spectacular!