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Construction begins on Acapulco ziplines

Xtasea will be the world's longest zipline park suspended over water

Efforts to reposition Acapulco as a favored resort destination among domestic and international tourists took another step forward this week when construction began on the longest zipline over a body of water.

Designed by architectural firm Línea Vertical and to be built by Mundo Imperial, the tourist development division of the Mexican firm Grupo Autofin, the zipline park to be called Xtasea will boast the world’s longest ziplines suspended over water, at 1,800 meters over Puerto Marqués bay.

The project’s developer hopes they’ll be able to break a Guinness World Record.

The park will offer thrill-seeking visitors eight ziplines on which they’ll reach speeds of up to 120 kilometers an hour. It is estimated that 1,600 people will ride the attraction daily.

While the investment in the Xtasea park is private, the state government will invest 33 million pesos (US $1.7 million) in infrastructure surrounding the park, such as an access road and street lighting.

Guerrero Governor Héctor Astudillo took the opportunity at Tuesday’s inauguration of the project to warn “individuals and groups that act outside the law” that his administration was going “to stop them and arrest them so they’ll receive the punishment they deserve.”

Warring crime gangs involved in the drug trade have made Guerrero the most violent state in the country.

The governor expressed confidence that once work on the Tlalpan toll booth project and in Cuernavaca is finished, “Acapulco will once more be the main tourist destination for one of the biggest cities in the world, Mexico City and its metropolitan area.”

The Xtasea park is part of Grupo Autofin’s Master Plan for the Pacific port city, entailing a US $1-billion investment that will seek to put the shine back into the city as a destination, regain its former reputation as a world-class tourist resort and once again lure wealthy visitors from around the world.

Source: El Universal

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