The Cables, our exciting zip line tours

Los Cables are two circuits (X-Tremos and Ultras) of zip lines. One crosses the San Buenaventura Valley, and the other reaches the tip of the bay with Lake Atitlán and its volcanoes as background. They offer a diversity of adventures. 

Each zip-line is a different experience: some are as high as 60 m (196 ft.), others have superb vistas of forests, waterfalls, volcanoes, and the lake itself. At the end of each circuit there is an optional ropes course.

Price

Cables X-Tremos: Q250

Cables Ultra X-Tremos: Q375

• Price includes all the Reserve's attractions: Butterflies Geodome, nature trails, hanging bridges, play grounds, private lake shore, Visitor Center.​

Safety First

Given that this is an extreme activity, the Cables X-Tremos are remarkably safe. Our guides are conscientiously trained and all our equipment (harnesses, carabineers, slings, trolleys, etc.) has US and European certification. The design and construction of the zip trek followed international standards for safety and has been tested with loads that provide wide margins of safety.

We have a trial cable where you can try your brakes.

Watch safety video

Specifications

  • Number of zip-lines: 8

  • Total zip-line distance: 1300 m (4223 ft.)

  • Cable length range: 90 m (295 ft.) to 320 m (1050 ft.)

  • Height from ground: 25 m (82 ft) 

  • Total tour time: 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Walking: 450 m (1476 ft.) walk with a vertical ascent of 80 m (262 ft.)

The Cables X-Tremos at the Reserva Natural Atitlán pass along waterfalls, canyons, the valley and the coffee grove forest. This tour, in comparison with the Ultra X-Tremos, has a wide variety of sceneries as it crosses picturesque parts of the valley. These cables are also generally shorter and are therefore great as an introduction to extreme experiences.

  • Tours leave at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm

  • Please arrive 30 minutes early for preparation and instruction.

Our Ride That’s Become a Classic

Specifications

  • Number of zip-lines: 7

  • Total zip-line distance: 2,381 m (8,763 ft.)

  • Cable length range: 90 m (295 ft.) to 860 m (2,822 ft.). Yes, you read right. That’s a long ride!

  • Height from ground: 55 m (180 ft)

  • Total tour time: 2hr

  • Walking: 900m (2,953 ft.) with a vertical ascent of 136 m (446 ft.)

On the Ultra-X-Tremos you’ll ride across part of the valley and to and from the tip of the San Buenaventura Bay, to end in the coffee grove forest. The Ultra X-Tremos have the most most breathtaking views of the lake and the longest cables. The tour includes a walk along an ancient trail once used by merchants of the lake basin.

  • There is a weight limit of 250 lbs for the Ultra X-Tremos because of the speed of the ride.  

  • Tours leave at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm.

  • Please arrive 30 minutes early for preparation and instruction.​

Our Most Thrilling Ride

Optional Ropes Course for Dessert

Both the X-Tremos and the Ultras end in an optional ropes course. See if you can cross a river on thin wooden planks or wobbling from one swing to another!

Preguntas más frecuentes / FAQ

¿Es seguro? / It it safe?


Si, siempre y cuando: - siga nuestras instrucciones de seguridad - no pese más de 14,000 lbs (7.26 toneladas métricas) Esto quiere decir que un joven elefante africano puede perfectamente montar en los cables. Nuestros equipos están certificados en EEUU y UE y, al igual que nuestras instalaciones, tienen un mantenimiento constante. Bring it on! Yes! As long as you’re neither: - ignoring our security instructions - heavier than 14,000 lbs (7.26 metric tonnes) This means that well trained, adolescent African bush elephant could go for it. Our gear is certified in the USA as well as the EU, and like our facilities, they receive permanent maintenance.




¿Qué debo llevar puesto? / What should I wear?


Ropa casual y zapatos cómodos. No usar sandalias.

Casual clothing and comfortable shoes. Don't wear sandals or flip-flops.




¿Hay restricciones de edad? / Are there any age restrictions?


Si, desde los 2 años –tenemos arneses especiales para infantes y menores– hasta los 85 años (que nos cubre el seguro, pero hemos tenidos un joven de 89 años). Si logran subir, pueden bajar. En algunos casos pueden bajar en tandem con el guía.

Yes, you’ve got to be older than 2 and younger than 85 years old. Those are the ages covered by our insurance. Children can choose to go in tandem with a guide.




¿Qué es ir en tandem con un guía? / What is riding in tandem with a guide?


Es ir bien asegurado con un guía que frenará por usted en los cables. Esto es particularmente práctico para niños y personas que prefieren relajarse y gozar la gira. It’s being safely attached to a guide who will brake for you in the cables. This is especially useful for children or people who prefer to solely sit back and enjoy the ride.




¿Qué tan largo y difícil es el camino? / How long and difficult is the trail to reach the zip-lines?


El sendero mide 450 m y un ascenso de 80 metros. La subida es gradual, normalmente tarde 20 a 25 minutos. Para los Ultras, se sigue por el mismo camino 10 minutos más.

The gradual climb takes about 20-25 minutes. It depends on how much time our guides stop for you to catch your breath and/or admire the forest. The trail is 450 m (1500 ft) long and has a vertical ascent of 80 m (260 ft). For the Ultras, you continue on the trail for 10 more minutes. It’s not too bad.




¿Qué se ve en el camino a los cables? / What do you see on the way to the zip-lines?


Se pasa por el bosque del cafetal, 5 puentes colgantes, el bosque deciduo y el camino de herradura. Este mismo camino se usa para los Ultras que continúan por el antiguo camino en medio del bosque flanqueado por un paredón de roca.

A lot. You’ll go by our coffee grove, 5 hanging bridges that cross valleys and rivers, the deciduous forest and an ancient bridle trail. This same trail leads to the Ultras, whose own trail has the forest on one side and a magnificent rock wall on the other.




¿Que se ve desde los cables X-Tremos? / What about the X-Tremos one?


Se ve el casco antiguo de la finca, el centro de visitantes, el auditorio y los hospedajes de la Reserva. Además se aprecia el cafetal, los puentes y la catarata y, a lo lejos, el lago y los volcanes. En la llegada del 2, se ven las rocas de un costado del valle y su vegetación xerófita, de sitios muy secos.

The X-Tremos are our classic ride. It has spectacular views and is a shorter hike than the Ultras. It is also a great introduction to zip-lining, as the cables are generally shorter and not as high in the air.




¿Que se ve desde los cables Ultras? / What about the Utras one?


Lo mismo que en los X-Tremos y además, claramente se ven los volcanes de Atitlán, Tolimán y Cerro de Oro, lo mismo que las poblaciones de Panajachel, San Antonio, San Lucas y Santiago. El farallón de rocas con magueyes, cactus y similares es impactante. Allí con suerte se ven gavilanes rabo rojo, garzas grises y familias de pizotes y zorros. En el cable C, se aprecia el valle de San Buenaventura.

The Ultras are, well, ultra extreme. The cables are way longer and the views are astounding.




Comparación entre X-Tremos y Ultras / Comparison of zip line courses





Distancia de un cable a otro / Distance between cables





¿Da miedo? / It is scary?


Puede que si, pero la mayoría lo encuentra estimulante. Nuestros guías están acostumbrados a tratar con cablenautas temerosos, y tenemos un mini-cable de 8 m que sirve para ensayar antes de lanzarse por los cables. Lo animamos a que ensaye los cables, pero bien puede caminar los sendero y ver todos los atractivos de la Reserva. - No dejes que el temor de lo que pueda pasar haga que nada pase - El pensar no derrota al miedo, pero la acción si.

It can be, but most find it thrilling. Our guides are used to dealing with scared zip-liners, and we have a tiny 8 m (26 ft) zip-line that you can try before trying the actual circuit. We encourage you to go on the cables, but feel free to walk around the Reserve seeing all our other attractions!





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DIRECCION: Antigua Finca San Buenaventura, Panajachel 07010

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Braking instructions

The guides always put the pulley on the cable and verify that your equipment is in order before you let it go. Another awaits you at the end of the tour.