We will be hopping from spot to spot but you can count on consistent weather, nice & easy takeoffs, big fat thermals marked by friendly condors and topped with puffy cumulus clouds. On our main destinations - Governador Valadares - the landing field is just a couple of minutes walk from our hotel and there are plenty of options for safe landing on the XC route and helpful locals offering you a ride back to the city from wherever you land.
Brazil needs no introducion: friendly people, delicious food, ice-cold caipirinhas, stunning views, sandy beaches. Dip in the Atlantic Ocean, flying with good mates, condors and seagulls, you name it! We will be moving between the best locations in South East Brazil to give you the chance to get to know at least 4 out of the top paragliding spots of the region. The main spots we will be visiting include: Rio de Janeiro, Sampaio Correia, Baixo Guandu, Castelo and Governador Valadares.
The adventure starts in Rio de Janeiro, and we will be doing our best to make the epic flight to the statue of Cristo Redentor happen to you as well! We offer you the unique opportunity to stay in one of Rio’s favelas, an experience you will never forget! Favela Vidigal is safe, has a cool atmosphere and a perfect location between Sao Conrado, where we will be flying, and the famous beaches of Leblon and Ipanema. We guarantee you proper guiding, safety and accomodation in a cosy hostel with a breathtaking view over the city! We will spend most of our time flying the amazing skies above Governador Valadares. This flying mecca for pilots from all over the world, here in Brazil is referred to as the Hawaii of free flying. Valadares has all a free-flier need to be happy, really! You will be able to try your best going XC and once you are back in the city there is plenty to do, plenty to see and plenty of people to meet. The only issue in Valadares is that there never seems to be enough time to sleep at night. No wonder this site is constantly hosting many paragliding and hang gliding competitions, including couple of PWCs and World Air Games. Additionally we are planning to spend a couple of days flying in different well known paragliding spots like Baixo Guandu, Pancas or the cliffs near Prado.
We believe that due to th kind of flying, excellent infrastructure and super-friendly people you do not need organised retrieval during this trip. We suggest that you return to the hotel on your own, which in the places we will visit is really easy. Most of the time we will be coming back as a group anyway. In Brazil coming back home after flying can be a fantastic adventure in itself. We will tell you all about it and of course we will be be at your disposal in case you need any assistance or prefer to be picked up at the end of the day. Regular retrievals from longer XC flights will be organised uppon your specific request.
When choosing accomodation in any given flying spot we give priority to good location and simplicity of all the logistics connected with flying. We either stay in pousadas (B&B) run by paraglider pilots who also offer us pickup to the take-offs and extra retrieve service or in simple but well located hotels. In Rio we stay in a hostel-style accomodation in private rooms for 3 people each. In Valadares we typically stay in hotel Sao Salvador*** in air-conditioned rooms. The hotel is simple but clean and very well located just by the landing field. There are 2 or 3 individual beds and a bathroom in each of the rooms we have pre-booked. There are also single rooms with double beds or bigger appartments available for a small additional fee.
Your Host: Jan
Jan is your host for this tours and will take care of everything during your trip. Furthermore the host knows everything about this trip and will provide you will all information needed.