We took the Discovery Jungle Park 1/2-day tour. It was exactly as advertised with about 50-60 minutes of travel via 4-wheeler (or 'quads' as the tour guides call them) into the jungle, three zip lines, and then swimming in an underground cave, then the same 4-wheeler ride back. My husband and I and our four teenagers loved every minute of it. Well, except the crazy jungle ants that we came across. Not deadly, but painful!
The tour van was at our hotel a few minutes late which had me worried at first. The van ride to the...garage, for lack of better words...was quick, maybe 10-15 minutes tops. The 4-wheelers were all in good shape and lined up and ready to go. After a few safety instructions, helmets, goggles (if you didn't have sunglasses of your own), we were off. There were three tour guides enroute with us. As we were driving, one would reach for your camera to take pictures while you rode. Very nice of them, especially since they took tour pictures of their own and were selling DVDs at the end of the trip. They just really wanted everyone to have a great time.
The road to and from the jungle is in three parts. A short segment of in-town streets, a longer segment of country roads (both were pretty tame and I think my 16-year-old son was getting bored), then the third part, where you turn into the jungle, is tons of fun. Lots of up and down hills, mud at the bottom, twists, turns, and plenty of bumps. I'm afraid that road is low on mud just because my son was there. He was wearing half of it by the time we got back.
The ladders up to the zip lines were rustic, to say the least. But they were safe and the zips were fast and very fun. All the tour guides were funny, making jokes to make you wonder if you were going to live through it, but being very understanding of a couple of people who were really timid about jumping off (me included). I suppose other places have longer zips, but all three lines were very different and just enough for our group. When you come off the middle zip you have to basically walk through some water. Wear old shoes, or take beach shoes. Do NOT plan to go barefoot. That's where the ants live.
After the zips, we climbed down the hole in the ground to swim. It cool water felt amazing after being in the steamy jungle with the bugs and the dirt. The guides used the word 'refreshing' with a wink and a smile before we jumped in. Refreshing it was! After cooling off in there, we stayed cool even on the steamy walk back to the 4-wheelers and the ride home.
We really enjoyed this tour. The people were enthusiastic and seemed genuinely happy that we were there. Oh, and I booked ours through the tour guides that roam the beach in the morning. Their price was about $5 less pp than the going rate for the same tour at the Wyndham. Wyndham was unwilling to book this excursion for us, but it worked out for the best anyway. We paid less and had a great experience all the way around.
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