Calico Jack’s: Announces
CEDA and EU Financing
Support for Its Challenge
Course in 2021
Safety is the number one priority at Calico Jack’s. First, at Calico Jack’s our aerial canopy tour has two cables for additional safety. This allows our guests to have an enjoyable care-free aerial tour. Second, our zip line is independently inspected by experts from the United States in line with Association of Challenge Course Technology ( ACCT) www.acctinfo.org standards.
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In addition, we use a special braking system called Brakehawk (www.brakehawk.com). Although there is no weight limit on the zip line, there is a 240 lb limit on the Brakehawk. For those over 240 lbs we use the traditional breaking method—a padded glove.
In light of the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the Caribbean, the Caribbean Export Development Agency and the European Union launched a grant program for MSMEs. Calico Jack’s Village is one of the recipients of grants. The project, Challenge Course Certification and Upgrade Project, provides financing for the purchaseand upgrade of equipment and also for the challenge course (which includes zipline, cable walk, rope ladder,challenge, rappel and jungle swing) assuring a continued high quality and safe course experience.
At Calico Jack’s we inspect our equipment, cables and platforms daily. In addition, our guides have been expertly trained and are certified. All guides are trained by Original Canopy Tour (OCT) standards. This assures all tours will be conducted in a professional and safe manner. One guide will always be sending each guest and one guide will be receiving each guest on each platform. All guests and guides are connected on a safety line on each platform.
In case health issues arise, be reassured by the fact that all Calico Jack’s guides and staff are trained and certified in first aid, CPR, and rescue. Your guides will be responsible for all connecting and disconnecting of your equipment to the zip line cables. In comparison, braking, speed, and momentum on the zip line is controlled by each individual guest.
Calico Jack’s uses high quality equipment, including seat harnesses, carabiners, pulleys, and chest harnesses for larger people. In this regard, all of Calico Jack’s zip line equipment is guaranteed by its manufacturers as safe. This equipment is inspected daily before any tour is conducted. There is also a monthly inspection process that is carried out for further security on the equipment.
On the equipment, please note the following:
1.At Calico Jack’s, we feature the best—best made and most comfortable–zip line “seat” harnesses. A zip line seat harness supports 80% of the human body and the remaining 20% is supported by the zip line cable. Each harness can support 4000lbs.
2.A large person (one weighing over 250 lbs) requires a chest harness. At weights 250 lbs and above, a person can not control
their speed and momentum as easily. This may result in the person flipping over if they are wearing a sit harness. Flipping over is avoided by wearing a chest harness.
3.Each carabiner can support over 10,000 lbs.
4.Each strap or webbing can support 1000 lbs.
5.Each pulley can support 14,000 lbs.
6.We use Zip Line Brakes from Brakehawk, designed by Darby Adventure Systems to accommodate Calico Jack’s double cable line system. This innovative system, considered one of the best braking systems available, allows our guests to safely maneuver faster speeds on the zip line tours.
7.All gloves used for braking have additional padding to control braking.
Calico Jack’s Belize Jungle Canopy and Zip Lining
Zip lining is an exhilarating experience with spectacular views and a perspective of Nature you won’t get anywhere else in Belize. Explore the wondrous rainforest via one of CJV’s zip line jungle adventure tours.
Explorer: First time zip lining? Take this tour and explore the jungle canopy overhead and end this exhilarating experience via a 500 feet jungle lift run. Those relatively new to zip lining recommend this tour which offers 1,135 feet of cable and takes about 45 minutes. Via 4 runs and 7 platforms, you hone your skills as you get a great overview of the jungle. Price: US$42.75
Intermedio: Curious about jungle flora and fauna and this is not your first occasion zip lining? Then this tour is for you!Intermedio takes 45-to-60-minute tour including a jungle hike as well as a lively and longer experience. Guests express great enthusiasm for the 2,745 feet of fast and lengthy runs (7 runs and 12 platforms) and return “home” via a 500 feet jungle lift run. Price: US$58.50
Ultimo Explorer: Zip line enthusiast? Then you will enjoy this 60-to-70-minute tour. It combines the Explorer and Intermedio in over 2,900 feet of zip line comprised of 9 runs and 15 platforms that take you over and through the jungle. And this tour includes the hike in the jungle and walk across a hammock bridge Price: US$65.25
El Rapido: Want a 30-40-minute adventure with more than zip lining? Ah ha! Consider El Rapido which offers you a 500-foot zip line followed by a cable walk over a canyon, a climb down a rope ladder and subsequent rappel of approximately 50 feet. El Rapido ends with a 500-foot return from the jungle lift. Price: US$56.25
CJV Extreme: Adventure seeking? This 2-hour tour combines the Ultimo Explorer zip line tour with a cable walk over a canyon, a climb down a rope ladder and subsequent rappel of approximately 50 feet. Return to the starting platform via the 500-foot run from our jungle lift with the option of returning superman style. Price: US$87.75
CJV Express: Pressed for time and want to cross zip lining off your bucket list? Take this 20-minute tour and soar through and over the jungle on two 500-foot lines with the final run via the exciting jungle lift. Price: US$42.75.
Night Explorer: A connoisseur of different and natural experiences? Have an aerial experience of the sights and sounds of the jungle at night via our Explorer zip line tour. Guests are received by reservation only. Price: US$65.00
Optional Caving Tours
Each of our zip line tours offers you the option to visit one of our caves for a spelunking adventure at Bega One and/or Box Tunich Cave for an additional cost.