Huana Coa Zipline Canopy Tour with #GoMazatlanNow

Posted by - June 13, 2012 | Category: The Yard

Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNowSince the last time I wore a helmet, was strapped to wires and had to be harnessed I was in a psychiatric ward, I almost didn’t go ziplining with Huana Coa Canopy Adventure in Mazatlán, Mexico. (That’s a joke.) Truth is, I almost didn’t go though. I’ve been on 3 zipline tours previously – in Costa Rica, Belize, and El Salvador, so I thought, how can this one be any different? Or any better?

Well, for starters, you get to go to a tequila distillery at the end of this tour. Technically, it’s an agave distillery — Mexican law states that tequila can be only be manufactured in the state of Jalisco and a few regions of neighbouring states – but tequila by any other name still tastes as sweet.

And that’s a good way to describe this canopy tour too – sweet.

Los Osuna Agave Azul, Mazatlan, Mexico, @GoMazatlanNow

Huana Coa Canopy Adventure is situated about 45 minutes from Mazatlán , just shy of the village of La Noria, and on the same grounds as the Los Osuna Agave Plantation, where pure blue agave gets pummelled into pure heavenly devil’s water.

But you’ll have to make it through 9 ziplines over 12 platforms before you can claim your tequila reward.

Matt Gibson getting strapped into safety harness -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNowMatt Gibson from Matt-Gibson.org getting wired.

Zip wire gloves -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNow

And if tequila isn’t your thing, there’s plenty more to like about this tour — including the ride to the first zipline. They’ve acquired 3 Pinzgauer Swiss Army vehicles capable of traversing slopes up to 70 degrees to shepherd the courageous to the top. With steep inclines and plenty of nervous laughter, the drive to the drop point is both harrowing and hilarious at the same time. The driver is an obvious pro though – he had no trouble navigating the unforgiving terrain.

It does make me wonder if their ATV tour uses the same treacherous hill. Now that would be cool.Pinzgauer Swiss Army vehicle -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNow

Road to Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNow

The safety briefing at the outset is second to none. They even have a mini-zipline set up in the briefing area to demonstrate correct form, understanding signals, and other navigation necessities – like how to slow down.

Of the 4 zipline tours I’ve been on, this one was definitely the most thorough.

Briefing before zip wire tour -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNowCraig from StayAdventurous Melissa from JohnnyJet & Freddie from OffTrackPlanet. Andrew & Michael from Elle Canada hover in the background.

It's a long way down -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNowOur Huana Canopy tour guide shows us how it’s done.

Zip Wire -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNow

Soaring through the skies -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNowMazatlan, Mexico, @GoMazatlanNow Day 2 123Watching the action -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNow

Another unique thing about this canopy is the final descent. Instead of just walking down from the last platform, you get a chance to put your rappelling skills to the test – a great way to end an already stellar tour.

Rapelling after the final zipline, Huana Coa Canopy Adventure, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNow

Tree stump overgrowing landing area -- Huana Coa Canopy Adventure Zip Line Tour, Mazatlan, Mexico, #GoMazatlanNowYou know they’ve been in business for a while when the trees are starting to grow over the platforms.

The ziplining tour with Huana Coa Canopy Adventures costs $75 US, which includes transportation, a boxed lunch, and plenty of water – devil’s or otherwise.

I was in Mazatlán as a guest of the Mazatlán Hotel and Tourism Association, and while the zipline tour with Huana Coa was complimentary, the opinions — and harness bruises, are all my own.

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