A bird's eye view of the city
Medellín is one of the best spots for Paragliding in Colombia. We are located in a deep valley with very consistent wind patterns, and a lot of thermal activity, perfect for 'free-flying'. Paragliding is the closest thing you will get to feel how a bird glides through the air effortlessly. We have the best certified tandem pilots around, that can give you the thrill of your life. As a pilot myself (solo pilot), I will not describe this as an adrenaline rush, but rather a peaceful and almost spiritual experience. You will take off from a certified field and land in the same place (there is a small chance landing will be down in the city). The flight will last for about 20 minutes or longer if you decide to pay a little extra. This is a very weather dependant activity so if for some reason flying can't be achieved, I have other options we can explore in the beautiful countryside in the mountains around, where I live. We will have good coffee at my house and a nice stroll around the rural area above the city.
Our main goal is to fly and to visit the beautiful countryside. We can do that in any order. However, we will give priority to your flight, and that will depend on weather. After picking you up from the hotel, we will ride for 40 minutes to the west mountains and arrive at take off to talk to the pilots and asses the flying conditions. If flying is achievable in the morning, it will take some time to prepare and do the actual flight. After that, we will look for a local restaurant to have lunch (not included, but very affordable since the local restaurants are nice but simple). If you have special needs, let me know in advance and we will fix something nice to satisfy your requirements). After lunch we will visit the area, have coffee at my house, and do a short trek around the dairy farms, to show you how the local people make their living. We may even have time to climb the mountain in my 4x4 to get a nice view of the city from the highest point in the mountains. Then back to your hotel in the city.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: I will pick you up at your hotel or Air B&B, or any other location you decide in advance.
End location: I will drop you back at your hotel or Air B&B, or any other location you decide.
Duration: 7 hours
Flying is a weather dependant activity. The morning of the tour we will judge if flying can be done better in the morning or if we need to wait until the afternoon. For this reason I have other options for activities we can do
in the mean time, like visit the rural area (so beautiful!), drink coffee at my house, or do some trekking around. We can also use my 4x4 Land Rover, and climb the road all the way to the highest point around the city at 10.000 feet. The views from there are worth it!
I have two cars. One is a Renault Logan 2017, good for 5 people including me. It is a comfortable sedan. The other is a 4x4 Land Rover, 1974 (yes, a clasic!). A utilitarian car I only use to take us on a steep dirt road to the highest spot in the mountain above Medellín, about 20 minutes form take-off, if time permits.
Transportation from your hotel and back. Guidance in English. Encouragement and extra instructions before your flight. Visit to the rural area around the take-off, coffee and snacks at my house (very close to the flying area). Short trek in the rural area around take off, and interesting conversation all the time.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
60 - COP$180.000 - I do not profit from the pilot's work, so I do prefer you pay yourself exactly what they charge in Colombian Pesos at their regular fees (about US$30 to US$60 depending on the length of the flight). This will be cheaper for you since there is no added commission. The pilots are my friends and colleagues and you are my client, no need to be in the middle of your transactions with them. Besides, you will have the chance to choose the length of your flight, and pay accordingly.
If the weather does not cooperate for flying, we will use my 4x4 Land Rover and go to the highest point above the city at around 10.000 feet above sea level. It is a 20 minute ride. The views from there are worth it!.
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Paragliding over Medellin was without a doubt the coolest thing we've done on our Colombian trip. Juan took care of all the logistics, and even invited us for coffee back at his house. He's got the cutest dogs! He also took us around different parts of the city. Juan is very knowledgeable and generous. You won't regret this tour!
Pierre Olivier Martel