This tour offers a fantastic combination of paragliding on the most beautiful flight sites and getting to know the country and the people of Colombia. Since we got to know it, we fell in love with it.
Colombia is located near the equator and therefore has no winter and summer, but two wet and two dry seasons per year. The weather is also less controlled by pressure areas and fronts. There is mostly a calm wind with moderate thermals to about 3 m / s. The temperature in the dry season is 25 to 35 degrees. In January the flight opportunities are normally very large.
Colombians are very warm and friendly. They are proud of the country and call themselves the happiest people in the world. The Colombians in the city often have better jobs and a higher standard of living than the inhabitants of the villages. They often do not have much, but they are careful with what they do and keep their villages and gardens clean and their houses freshly painted.
Colombia is of course known as the country of coffee. There are many coffee plantations on the flanks of the mountains. Our program includes a visit to such a plantation to see what happens to the picked fruit and we also get an explanation in a coffee roasting house where ultimately the final product for a delicious cup of coffee will be used. And of course we taste the freshly ground coffee!
We travel from the city of Medellín to the south in two weeks and end at the city of Cali. The Rio Cauca flows like a ‘blue wire’ along almost all flight sites where we fly between Medellín and Cali in the Valle del Cauca. We start our tour ‘in the mountains’ with various thermal sites with local overland possibilities. And we travel to ‘the valley’ (‘El Valle’) where we fly XC over flatland at the famous Roldanillo.
The landscape during our tour from north to south is very varied. At many fly sites you imagine yourself in the Swiss Alps with spacious valleys and large green fields, both in the valley and on the mountains. At other sites you will find densely covered slopes and narrow valleys. All starts are grass, very spacious and easy. The landings are generally slightly more advanced because sometimes they are not completely flat. For the advanced pilot, however, no problem. Everywhere there are many large black vultures, which are comfortable with your thermals; super impressive is that! There is often a cloudbase (1200-2000 meters) that makes it easy to stick to a next thermal bubble and the thermal flying is usually smooth, except for a single firmer bubble.
With this tour it is wonderful to fly and get acquainted with Colombia and the typical Colombian villages, with horse and carriage and cozy village squares. We are glad that we have chosen this tour instead of limiting ourselves to one area. With this we have become acquainted with a wide variety of flight cuttings and a large variety of possibilities. Our guides have a high standard of safety. They do not arrive in areas where it may be dangerous, they do not fly with groups on complex flight sites and they give an extensive briefing at every starting point.
- Minimum pilot level: B2++ | Autonomous launching, landing and flying in thermal conditions
- Dates: January 5th until 17th, 2020
- Final registration date: December 10th 2019
- Price: € 1.645
- Return flight Colombia: Around € 950 for a direct KLM flight from The Netherlands in combination with inland flight (depending on the moment of booking)
- Rent paragliding set: € 455
- Included: Hotel accommodation (3*, sharing a room), including breakfast, airport group transfers, full retrieve transport with dedicated driver, fuel costs, toll costs, guiding by KNVvL instructors and local guides
- Not included: Lunch, dinner, drinks, take-off and site fees (approx. € 40 for 2 weeks), local SIM card (approx. € 15)