Grand Canyon Helicopters – A Review Of Papillons West Rim Flights-dxperience

Travel-and-Leisure Papillon Helicopters is the largest provider of Grand Canyon helicopter trips. The company provides trips to the West Rim and the South Rim. I’ve flown Papillon to both destinations. Here’s my no-nonsense report on my West Rim trip. I reserved by far the most complete trip Papillon offers. It included a descent to the bottom, a 30-minute Grand Canyon smooth-water float trip, and passes to the Grand Canyon Skywalk. The trip comes with complimentary hotel pick up and drop off. My driver picked me up just as planned and got me to the heliport promptly. I selected a morning flight for optimum visibility. I also upgraded my chopper to an EcoStar 130. It’s a bigger aircraft and features theater-style seating. It’s also a more stable, less noisy ride and comes with wraparound windows. I hit the sky with 5 other excited passengers. Maximum occupancy in helis is six people. I’m 6′-4" and had plenty of legroom. I wasn’t squishing my neighbor either. Each of us had our very own personal headset. You can use it to hear a pre-recorded tour narration (translated into 10 languages!) or chat with your pilot and fellow passengers. The flight took us above Lake Mead, the Hoover Dam and the new Hoover Dam Bypass. Helis fly at a lower altitude than airplanes. The aerial views were incredible. Our pilot was kind enough to take the "long way" over Hoover Dam before making a beeline to the Grand Canyon. The West Rim was before us. Our pilot enthusiastically told us to get ready for the 4,000-foot descent to the bottom. It was essentially a canyon carve among cliffs, buttes, and spires. Ten minutes later we arrived at the bottom. My package deal included a Champagne picnic (tasty!). I strolled along the Colorado River and boarded one of several huge pontoon boats. This is a smooth-water float tour. This means there aren’t any rapids. I’m glad I brought sunscreen and a hat. It was hot and I am fair-skinned. The boat ride was unbelievably serene. The view from the water is incredible. My guide was a walking encyclopedia about the canyon and was the first to identify one of the area’s rare Big Horn Sheep. Back on our Papillon chopper, we made the ascent to the top (equally exciting as the descent) and got out on the landing strip near the Grand Canyon Glass Walkway. I’m a huge fan of the Skywalk . Everyone’s got an opinion relating to this attraction. I for one loved it and believe you can’t leave Vegas without experiencing it. There was a bit of a crowd. I cranked up my iPod and time flew. The glass walkway, the panels of which are reported to have cost more than $250,000 each, projects you 70 feet past the edge of the rim! It’s totally safe. The bridge was created to support 800 people during an earthquake with 100 MPH winds! I gazed down. My stomach cringed. Below some 4,000 feet was the river I’d just rafted (it looked like a ribbon). On the ride back to Las Vegas, we had a second chance to see the lake and the dam. The weather was beautiful that day and out came the cameras. Overall, this Papillon Helicopter’s trip gets high marks. You get a real feeling that you have "done" the canyon, which, amazingly, was achieved in only 1 day! If you plan on flying the West Rim, without a doubt consider using Papillon. About the Author: – – – – – – – With such a large number of extraordinary destinations for school history trips you are spoilt for decision. Notwithstanding, in the event that you are searching for some place that will join an instructively rich involvement with a rare social trip, look no more remote than India. The Bril … – – – 相关的主题文章: