Friday, April 23, 2010

Eco-Friendly Zip Line Tour



A few fortunate people travelling to Los Angeles this spring will enjoy a spectacular visit across the ocean out just 31 miles to Catalina Island.

Largely unspoiled, here's something eco-fun to do on your visit to Catalina Island. A new zip line has just opened on Catalina Island, where participants get a bird’s-eye view of trail-less Descanso Canyon as they fly above chaparral and through a eucalyptus tree canopy.

The Zip Line Eco Tour consists of five separate lines — one longer than 1,000 feet — that crisscross and drop into the rugged ravine before they end, 440 feet below, near the beach. But the ride promises more than the thrill of being suspended from a steel cable at times 300 feet above the canyon floor, with speeds topping 40 mph. Signs on each platform explain the local fauna, flora and history, and guides trained by the Catalina Island Conservancy supply interpretation.

The two-hour Zip Line Eco Tour costs $89; hotel and transportation packages are available. It departs several times a day from the Descanso Beach Club in Avalon. For reservations and information: (800) 626-1496 and www.visitcatalinaisland.com.

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