Originally developed by scientists to study the biodiversity found in the canopy of trees, the method involved rigging large trees with climbing gear, cables, ladders, etc. By means of this gear, biologists were able to swing from one tree to another, over chasms and water, to study larger areas of the forest. They also discovered it was a LOT of fun!!!
Nowadays several canopy tours have been developed around the world, with Canopy Rio Piedras been the only one in the Panamanian Atlantic coast only 80 minutes from Panama City. This program allows anybody to rise to the top of the trees and switch on the adrenaline, as you swish through the air from one gigantic tree to another ... and unlike Tarzan ... in complete safety.
Once at the Canopy site a knowledgeable guide will assist you in dawning the harnesses and safety equipment and will give you a thorough explanation of how to behave, what to expect and how to make the most of your experience. Once ready, hook your harness to the cable and look! YOU ARE FLYING!!! The series of platforms are sometimes located over 100 feet high and up to 450 feet apart, enough to wake you up!