Rain Forest Sky Rides
Ever wish you could get a bird's-eye view of the rain forest? Or at least experience it without hiking up and down miles of mountain trails? Here's your chance. Depending on your athleticism and spirit of adventure, choose a two-hour aerial tram ride, a zip-line experience, or both. Either guarantees a magnificent view as you peacefully slip above or actively zip through the canopy of the 3,442-acre Castries Waterworks Rain Forest in Babonneau, 30 minutes east of Rodney Bay. On the tram ride, eight-passenger gondolas glide slowly among the giant trees, twisting vines, and dense thickets of vegetation accented by colorful flowers as a tour guide explains and shares anecdotes about the various trees, plants, birds, and other wonders of nature found in the area. The zip line, on the other hand, is a thrilling experience in which you're rigged with a harness, helmet, and clamps that attach to cables strategically strung through the forest. Short trails connect the 10 lines, so riders come down to earth briefly and hike to the next station before speeding through the forest canopy to the next stop. Bring binoculars and a camera.
This is a chance to experience a part of St. Lucia that would otherwise be inaccessible to anyone but the most intrepid hiker. Located in the mountainous region of Chassin, the eight-seat gondolas begin their journey 2,000 feet up, gliding smoothly above the trees and vines of old-growth forest. For those who want a bit more excitement, strap on your helmet, get into your harness, and zip along 500-foot runs through the tree line. You will feel like a contestant on The Amazing Race as you soar across ravines, rivers, and lush gullies. Though there is no age restriction, it's not particularly suitable for children under ten—but the kid in all of us will love it.