Flying High in the Jungle in Roatan

Trip Start Apr 18, 2012
Trip End Apr 22, 2012

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pirates of the carribean zipling tours

Flag of Honduras  , Bay Islands,
Thursday, April 19, 2012

You know that you are in a foreign country by the sounds that wake you in the morning. This morning I was woken by the sounds of birds singing and talking to eachother, yes talking. There are alot of beautiful wild birds that live in the tall trees that surround our bungalow. But there are also a few birds that are owned by the owners of our bungalow hotel that have obviously been taught some very interesting pharses from travlers that have passed through here over the years. one of the birds was speaking German and that is what woke me this morning...i thought there was a german tourist sitting right outside our bungalow. Then I heard the other bird, " Hey...hey! Happy Birthday, Happy Birthday to you!!!" over  and over , and over again....then the other bird ( there was a few of them) say " Whatcha doing? Hey, whatcha doing? " these coversations went on, and on,,,this was all at 6 in the morning. Carla, my traveling buddy, with her obvioulsy awesome earplugs, slept through it all, Even me laughing so hard at these convesations with these talkative birds, that i finally had to get up and lay in the hammock and do some writing.
Today was a beautiful day in Roatan, The sun was shining bright, it was warm, but not too hot yet, and we had the whole day ahead of us. We started off with the best local breakfast at a chicken place called Anthonys that consited of a white shack and plastic chairs, but with the high recommendation of the nice girl working at our hotel ( they always know the best local spots) we had the most amazing breakfast tacos and some of the best coffee I have ever had.
There was a great snorking place right around the corner from where we were staying, so that where we spent most of the morning. one thing we learned very quickly here, ,,,,DO NOT lay directly on the beach,,,,there are many sand flies,,,and they will eat you alive. Why do I know this? Because without a pre-warning, we did this very thing....we took a water taxi to the beautiful west bay beaches,,,and wow! we were the only ones laying out there! We have the whole place to ourselves! It took a while to start to feel the bites, but before we knew it, we were covered in little red bites.
So we learned the deal of why there are beach chairs everywhere, and from now on we will use them!
The afternoon we signed up to do a "exreme" Zip-lining here in Roatan. What was extreme about it , is that it has the secound highest zip line in all of central america. I have never zip lined before, and neither has carla,,,so why not go for the biggest and best the first time! This Extreme Zipline reaches heights of 328ft and distance's as far as 1,980ft at the highest and longest points. The overall length of the entire zipline is around two miles...
The company we went with was called " Pirates of the Carribien" that sounds very adventurous! we were picked up to take us to the place which was on the other side of the island. and were driven to the top of the mountain where we would take our first leap off the plantform, hooked up to a zip line that woudl take us high above the jungles of roatan. No , im not a little crazy,,,,signing up ( yes , we did have to sign a realease waiver...but they said that they havent had an accident ,,,ever!  thats pretty good odds!) to be suspended by a seated harness only and hooked up to two large hooks and and fly high accross a jungle! Im not crazy, Im just adventruous!
It was awesome! our extreme zip lining adventure consisted of 8 plantforms and different jumps,,,,it was trurly one of the coolest things I have ever done,,,,I cant wait to do it again! what obscure , foreign country can i pick next?
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Rachel Mason on

Sounds like a blast! Zip linning was my favorite activity in Costa Rica. I can't believe you guys went on one of the biggest in Central America. Maybe Adela and I will plan our next trip there! :)

Iris on

Sorry about those sand flies, they are a pest. I thought by now they had done something about them with all the tourist flocking to the island these days. Brent and I spent 5 weeks there in 1994 and learned scuba diving. I love Roatan! No zip lining back then. Looks and sounds like fun. I hope you have a great time!

Sarah on

Best coffee ever? That's a big statement for you! I can't believe those birds were actually talking like that! You should have recorded it!

P.S. I still can't believe you did the zip-lining! Your crazy!

Peggy Marciniak on

Hi, Elizabeth. Just got back from 10 days in Cuba myself & trying to catch up to over 500 e-mails since I've been gone.
So you're on another adventure.....where, exactly, is Roatan? I'm not familiar with it. I have also ziplined in Costa Rica. It was a blast. Have fun, I know you will.

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