We’ve all had that dream, you know the one, where you’re flying. Well, that dream, that weightless feeling and lightness of thought can be a reality. Paragliding is not often something a traveller, thinks about when embarking on a journey. There are other adventure sports that tend to take front and centre, like sky diving or bungee jumping, but paragliding offers something magical. And to paraglide above some of the most remarkable and beautiful locations in the world truly is a dream come true.
One of the world’s best paragliding locations is in Pokhara in Nepal. It’s the perfect spot for beginners through to experts, but certainly not for the faint of heart. Your paraglide begins with a step… off the side of a mountain 5,000 feet above sea water. Once you’ve taken that step, you’ll be flying in one of the most beautiful places in Nepal. With views of the Himalayan and Annapurna mountain ranges, this glide is a bucket-list must.
A leap from the top of Mount Babadağ, is a leap to paradise. As you glide through the air you’ll experience one of the most photogenic shorelines in the Mediterranean. The striking ocean hues and the soft white sand shores with mountains in the horizon are sure to take your breath away as you float in the skies above.
San Gil, Colombia
San Gil is for the adrenaline lovers of the world. Here you can white water raft, go canyoning, caving, water rappelling and of course, paragliding. Paragliding the Chicamocha Canyon is the definition of “epic”. With the chance to fly up to 1,500 metres above one of the deepest canyons in the world, there is nothing you won’t be able to do after this experience.
Bir Billing, India
Possible one of the best places in the world to paraglide are the two towns, Bir and Billing. And they don’t get enough credit for the beauty they offer. Brilliant views of the Himalayan mountains, Tibetan monasteries, and stunning landscapes await. With a run off the side of a mountain (yes, run) at 2,400 metres you’ll feel the wind in your hair and feel your breath almost stop short in awe of the valley views below.
Valle de Bravo, Mexico
Known not only for its scenery, Valle de Bravo is a paragliding favourite for its consistent weather conditions. And being one of the favourite paragliding locations, it also welcomes numerous competitions including the Monarca Paragliding Open. There are two main flying locations, La Torre and El Peñón, with El Peñón being the better suited to those with experience.
As you fly above, others will ski below. Not the usual paragliding experience but one just as remarkable as the rest. The completely unique paragliding experience at Gudauri offers gliders views over the Georgian mountain range including the ridges of the Stepantsminda and Aragvi valleys.
An adventure lovers’ playground, Interlaken has some of the most remarkable views of glacier lakes and snowy mountains. And the views are that much better from the sky. Interlaken is the starting point for trips into Switzerland’s famous Jungfrau region. Here you can paraglide over summits of 4,000 metres, in complete awe of the regions striking beauty. Post glide, a relaxing pool or spa treatment will give you the perfect activity to relax and muse over your experience.
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