Modern bungee jumping goes back all the way to the traditional ritual jump called “Ngol”, which originated on the Pentecost Island of Vanuatu. A tower of over 100 feet tall was erected by the native tribesmen, built and tied from branches and vines found in the surrounding forest. This ancient ritual, in which young men jumped from tall wooden platforms with vines tied to their ankles, was a test of courage and a passage into manhood. Considered to be the ultimate test, these natives intentionally hit the ground, although the vines used absorbed much of the force, allowing the impact to be non-lethal.
Today, however, bungee jumping is a safe activity and its popularity has taken off exponentially in the last 10 years, as travelers are always in search of the next extreme adrenaline-injecting adventure.
The menu of Monterrey tours, in the northern state of Nuevo Leon, offers really exciting outdoor activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, canyoneering and some of the best zip lining in Mexico. However, the bungee jump at the Cola de Caballo Hotel in Villa de Santiago, about a half-hour drive from the city, is top of the list as it is the highest in the country. From the top of the 330-foot high ledge you will be able to enjoy a magnificent view of the extensive farmland valley below, and experience a blinding, vertigo-inducing plummet towards the ground, securely attached to a double bungee cord.
If you are looking to become a member of the tribe and test your courage, then take your first step here in the beautiful, rugged mountains that surround the city of Monterrey.