It was my birthday present from Patty and the girls, so off we went up into the high sierras to the town of Algonodales. There behind the town is an impressive mountain where several companies take people off the top paragliding and thrill them with the sensation of being just like one of the many impressive Griffon Vultures that fly in the area.
Of course there's always a spot of birding en route. This newly fledged Black-winged Kite landed in a tree as we were travelling through the Villamartin area
Once at the top (steep climb, takes ages..) at the take-off site, we went through unpacking the paraglider,listened to instructions on take-off, additional things to remember...and of course some important facts on landing
Out the big bag....
comes the whole jimmy...
With helmet secured....
Off we went. 'Run, run, run', shouted Mario... So I ran and off we lifted....simple as that. What a sensation. I've flown lots of times before in gliders, ultralights, microlights and lots of small aircraft, helicopters and even an autogyro, but this was special. The exhilarating, quiet free feeling just absorbs you completely. I wanted the sensation to last for hours.
Our canopy or wing
Looking towards Zahara de la Sierra
This is where we will land...
Coming down at a reasonable speed , over the road and towards the target area
Looking back to the top from whence we came..
Patty drove down and collected us and the equipment
View of the surrounding area at the landing site - a beautiful place indeed
If you want to experience this for yourself or think that it might be a great birthday present for someone that you'd like to score insurance money off..... then contact Mario Moreno and the team at: email@example.com
I'd thoroughly recommend it!