Paragliders are being flown in countless places around the globe. In fact, if you are patient and understand just where to go, opportunities are you could see a couple of at a location near you. Are you a frequent traveler? Would you be interested in seeing some paragliding action in some spectacular environments? I’m about to highlight simply a couple of extraordinary put in this world where there is a lot of paragliding activity from time to time. These areas are all very public too, so access is easy.
Given that these places are really popular in their particular parts of the world, no detailed ‘who to contact and how to find it’ details is supplied here. The residents will quickly point you in the right direction if that’s required.
You have probably thought by now that this post is targeted at those who haven’t thought of actually flying in a paraglider. However, most of the places listed below do use chances to obtain a flight in a tandem paraglider, if you so desire!
Torrey Pines, California, U.S.A
. Many members of the general public roll up at Torrey Pines Gliderport in Southern California. Here, they can see paragliders and hang gliders release from the cliffs into the Pacific Sea breeze. Famous for several years for being a hectic hang-gliding site, paragliders have ended up being prevalent too over the last few years. Lots of areas to park your car at the edge of the cliffs and enjoy the soaring action. Sometimes a pelican or 2 will sail past as well!
Paragliding returns a long way in this area, practically back to the birth of the sport. So it’s not unexpected that paraglider-spotting is easy in this attractive Swiss town. Focused to tourist, the town is located in between lakes Thun and Brienz in the Bernese Oberland area. Being in the Alps, there are spectacular mountains close by. Pilots releasing from these mountains often utilize a landing area in Interlaken itself. Buyers strolling along the Bahnhofstrassein can watch the brightly colored paraglider canopies showing up and landing gracefully in the nearby park. A great deal of paragliding happens in other parts of the Swiss Alps too.
It’s difficult to beat this area for a large amount of paragliding activity in the one location. Many Americans have not become aware of this place, however, it is a significant paragliding location for Europeans. As a watcher, there’s no need to brave the somewhat interesting truck ride to the top of Mount Babadag, where the paragliders launch. Babadag is an enforcing limestone mountain 2000 meters (6500 feet) high, overlooking the wide white sandy beaches of Oludeniz. With literally lots of pilots flying on some days, some with travelers, there is adequate chance to observe them landing on the beach back in Oludeniz. A number of these pilots make their living this way. The place to be is the Fly-Inn Coffee shop, a meeting point for people who are waiting to fly or who have actually simply shown up back by means of the air. Upstairs is a little more up-market Ottomania Dining establishment which has great views of the whole bay area.
The city of Lima in Peru, South America, extends right down to a series of seaside cliffs. It’s commonplace for the general public to see paragliders quite close-up as they skyrocket along with the cliffs. The district of Minaflores, in particular, is a nice area for shopping and dining, in full view of the Pacific ocean and all the flying action. You can check out the Larcomar shopping mall, perhaps relaxing in a restaurant such as the Mangos or the Vivaldi, with a window seat. Or, just take a stroll along the footpath (pathway) atop the cliffs. Either way, you make certain to see paragliders sooner or later, offered climate condition are favorable. In blustery weather condition, the seagulls have the air to themselves!
Hartbeespoortdam, South Africa
This is, in fact, the name of a dam, although the name also refers to the man-made lake which it develops. Some say the location looks a bit like Switzerland as a result! Nearby are the big cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg. To see paragliders, it’s hard to beat a cable car trip on the Hartbeespoortdam Cableway, which remains in truth the longest mono cableway in Africa. From this moving perspective, you can enjoy scenic views of the dam and it’s environments.
Now to the winter paradise of Voss, in Norway. Positioned between Norway ´ s most well-known fjords, the amazing Hardanger and Sogn, this town is a center for extreme sports of all kinds. There is a park where you can just relax and possibly identify a paraglider or two approaching from the nearby mountain, overflying a fjord on the way. If the weather co-operates! Voss can be reached by train from close-by Bergen, affording a really scenic trip beside the fjords.
During your journeys, you may find yourself within an hour or three of among these places. Never ever seen a paraglider, ever? Why not seize the day for a remarkable experience seeing paragliders in flight! The longer the stay, the less possibility of frustration due to inappropriate weather condition of course. Additionally, a telephone call to one of the local paragliding organizations may assist you time your check out.
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