The longest zip line in the world, with 3,125 meters of route, starting at an altitude of 700 meters above sea level and flying over the middle channel of the Chíllar River, from Collado de los Apretaderos to the vicinity of the Third Factory of Light . This is the project that the Nerja businessman Jonathan Méndez has embarked on, dedicated to the tourist rental sector, managing two hotels and a Hawaiian food restaurant in the easternmost coastal town of the province.
To do this, Méndez, head of the Menyber company, has contacted the Catalan firm Zip-trans Systems SL, to which he has commissioned the technical, environmental and feasibility studies for a "novel and avant-garde" project, which would be "totally respectful »With the environment, and that would value the entire environment of the recreational area of ??Los Pinarillos, the Fuente del Esparto and the Los Cahorros area.
?It is time for these spaces to be well controlled and managed, with an innovative element such as a zip line, which would also be the largest in the world, overtaking one that is in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, which is 2,850 meters long long ?, the businessman from Nerja has argued in statements to SUR. The entrepreneur explained that the estimated investment in the project would be around 500,000 euros. "We are working on all the technical studies and in a few months we will present them to the City Council, so that it supports us and manages it before the Junta de Andalucía, since it is a protected environment", Méndez pointed out.
Indeed, the project would be carried out entirely within the Sierras Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama Natural Park. However, for Méndez this "does not have to be a limitation, since it would be a structure with very little environmental impact." "The idea is to make the exit structures of wood, with a viewpoint from Los Apretaderos, and then some kind of staircase in the arrival area, to go down to the riverbed," he detailed.
According to Méndez, the project could be combined with the tourist offer in the area, such as a visit to the Cueva de Nerja, from where the vehicles would depart to access the zip line exit. Regarding the deadlines, the businessman could not specify them, since they depend on the approval of other administrations, such as the City Council and the Junta de Andalucía. "We intend to value, enhance and help improve the natural resources that Nerja has with leisure and active tourism proposals, compatible and respectful with the environment," he concluded.
Regarding the price of the zip line, Méndez has pointed out that it will depend on the feasibility studies. Thus, the Comares zip line, 436 meters long, costs an average of 20 euros per person. The one in Dubai costs 180 euros, according to Méndez. For his part, the spokesman for the Cabinet for Nature Studies (GENA) -Ecologists in Action in the Axarquía, biologist Rafael Yus, has criticized this project after hearing the announcement through social networks. «Nature park or theme park? The zip line, the Chíllar, the Caminito del Rey de Canillas de Aceituno, will they ever stop? ?, He told this newspaper.
Above, several of the zip lines installed by the Catalan firm; bottom left, one of the pools of the Chíllar river, and to the right, the access to the El Pinarillo area from the Cueva de Nerja. / SOUTH AND E. CABEZAS