Have you ever been on a zip ride? It is a fabulous experience. Imagine doing it to get to school! Let me take you to South America. Can you guess who or what is in the bag? It is her little five year old brother.
Have you got an atlas or globe? Can you find Colombia? Great! Can you locate the Rio Negro? This is the river that kids going to school have to cross by a zip or cable.
Let me Introduce You to Daisy Mora
Daisy was 9 years ago in 2010 when the Daily Mail, a British newspaper interviewed her and took pictures. They located her small village high up mountain. Daisy and her friends really don’t have a choice on how to get to school. It is possible to walk 2 hours through the jungle that has NO paths. That would take 2 hours, during which she could get lost, or be attacked by dangerous snakes and wild animals.
The only realistic choice is to take the cable or zip line.
Let’s Zip With Daisy
Daisy puts her small brother in a sack and it is strapped on to the cable. She grabs a rusty pulley strap and off she hurls at 40 mph straight down over the rushing and dangerous river. The bank is half a mile away.
The cable line is also the only way that adults and kids can get away from their village. There are 12 steel cables going up and going down. Daisy does this ride with the children of eleven other families who live on top of the mountain. The cables are used to bring the farmer’s produce down to the valley. The up cables can bring things they need back up to their village.
I am sure many of you reading this blog/article would love to go to school this way. Right?
Jamid is too young to safely ride the wire on his own, so she has to carry him with her in a jute bag, controlling their speed with a wooden fork.
Photographer and author Christoph Otto, who took these amazing pictures, suspended himself above the valley on one of the cables to capture people making the remarkable journey.