While in Puerto Rico, we decided to try out some ziplining. Naturally, that meant only one thing, The Beast. It is the highest zipline in the world and the longest and fastest in the western hemisphere. They were offering a package deal, that included transportation to and from our hotel, lunch and an eight-run zipline canopy tour thru the park with the finale being “The Beast”. How can you pass it up?!?
The Beast – Altitude: 853 ft. Distance: 4,745 ft. Speed: up to 65 mph.
The course is in the 316 acres Toro Verde National Park on the island of Puerto Rico. On top of The Beast, they have an eight-run zipline course that takes you through the lush treetops of a rainforest that averages 2.5 hours to complete. One run called the Phoenix takes you a distance of 2,526 feet at a soaring height of 623 feet. The scenery is spectacular as you glide over peaks, valleys, rivers, waterfalls, and trails. The park doesn’t offer just ziplining, suspension bridges, hiking trails, rappelling, and horizontal rock climbing is also available. The park is open year-round from 8 am to 5 pm to the general public.
Our crew was spot on from the driver down to the cashier. Because of the package we chose, it included hotel pickup and drop off, so our experience included the one additional team member. Our driver was helpful, informative and friendly, he also watched over us all day and made sure we got our lunch. The rest of the staff were concerned with safety first and that all participants were having fun. A set of guides is assigned to the group completing the course, and they take excellent care of their charges.
The Beast proved to be a worthy crown jewel of the park, and I very much enjoyed the feeling of flight. I have tried other ziplining facilities, and I have to say this course was visually the prettiest one I have used. Zipping through trees and over streams and waterfalls made for a thrilling time. Great heights and excellent speeds kept my attention throughout the runs in the park. They had a top notch staff that was great to spend time with; although I have yet to run across a bad team in this industry. Reservations are required if you want to go ziplining in the park, use either of the numbers below or the email address designated for reservations.
Toro Verde Nature Adventure Park: Orocovis, Puerto Rico. The Toro Verde Adventure Park located in the Orocovis Township, southwest of metropolitan San Juan. Allow for 45 minutes to 1 hour of driving time to get to the Park.
Reservations: (787) 944-1196 / (787) 944-1195
General Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring: Knee-length Shorts or long pants. Closed toe, secure, covered shoes such as tennis shoes or hiking boots / No water shoes, sandals or flip-flops allowed!
They provide: Helmets, Harnesses, and Gloves
Safety Requirements: Min. height 4 ft / Max weight 300 lbs.