Since 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.
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 from Matt-Gibson.org getting wired.
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.
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.
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.
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.