There’s no question that seeing the rainforests of South America, with their stunning array of flora and fauna, can be pretty breathtaking. However, what if you could not only see it from the ground up, but from the sky as well (without being stuck in a plane)?
Now you can. The Mashpi Lodge resort in Ecuador recently unveiled the Sky Bike, which lets visitors swing through the trees to take in the beauty of the Andean Cloud Forest from hundreds of feet in the air.
The Sky Bike somewhat resembles a zip line in that it’s suspended from a cable. Instead of hanging from the line, you sit in a little seat and, like a bike, control your speed through the trees. This means you can stop to admire anything that catches your fancy instead of just whizzing by. In this part of Ecuador, you’ll definitely see something interesting; there are over 400 species of birds alone in this rainforest!
Since it’s built for two, you’ll have someone to chat with on your journey. It’s also suitable for kids 8 and up.
Still, the Sky Bike might not be the thing for those who are uncomfortable with heights. At its highest, the Sky Bike dangles some 196 feet in the air from a single cable. The entire journey is 656 feet through the rainforest.
Not only does the Sky Bike have us itching to travel, but the Mashpi Lodge (with its 3,200-acre rainforest reserve, hiking trails, and waterfalls) sounds pretty amazing, too. If you can’t get to South America, let the Sky Bike be a nice daydream for the dreary, early March weather. It’s certainly nicer than anything going on outside your window right now.