The “Toast the Spirits of the Grand Canyon” helicopter tour has become the number one seller at TourGuy.com, a new tour and travel source for adventure and ecotourism tours launched during National Travel and Tourism Week.
The tour takes up to six passengers from Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon for a champagne picnic lunch, which is served at the base of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon. The exclusive tour, descends 3,200 feet below the rim to land on an area designated by Hualapai Indians.
The isolated location of the landing site, which is protected from over visitation by the Hualapai Indian Reservation, is eco-friendly. Concerns about noise pollution are also non-existent because the tour operator employs the Eco-Star EC 130, which is considered by many to be the greenest helicopter on the market.
According to American Eurocopter, which manufactures the EC130, the operation noise reduction is attributed to the automatic control over the rotor RPM. The helicopter is quiet enough that California’s Long Beach Police Department also uses it for stealth operations.
Total tour time is approximately four hours, with 70 minutes of flight time. The Eco-Star EC130 is also noted for having comfortable seats, big cabins, and a better view with stadium-style seating for passengers.
The course charted by the tour operators includes aerial views of Boulder City, Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the Mojave Desert. Occassionally, passengers catch glimpses of wild burros and bighorn sheep.
The tour is narrated in English, Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Timed to correspond with the flight, the narration points out dozens of historic landmarks, including dead volcanoes that helped shaped the landscape.
The tour begins at 7 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. It includes complimentary pick-up and drop-off from from Strip hotels. All tours have strict limitations on the number of participants.