The idea of paragliding over the capital of Mendoza and its surroundings is a dream come true. In the company of a qualified instructor, we enjoyed this experience of turning into birds.
The paragliding excursion in Mendoza
has become a product that, along with the best wine in the world and the ascent to Mount Aconcagua
, is already a trademark.
“A classic no one should miss”, asserts one of the instructors from one of the most popular paragliding schools in the city that has been inviting the brave to fly across the skies for years now.
The tour started when they picked us up at our lodging. There are two shifts: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. As a result of the prevailing dry climate, it is possible to paraglide year round, provided that the weather conditions are favorable.
Just fifteen minutes away from the City of Mendoza, there lies Mount Arco, a matchless outdoor activity and flying center at 1,640 meters of height. The famous General San Martín Park and the entire City of Mendoza may be observed from its top.
4WD vehicles are used to reach the summit, where the logistics of the flight are prepared. The thrill of adventure started to run through our veins as we approached our destination and watched all the preparations.
It is important to point out that this location is also enjoyed by hikers, joggers and mountain bikers. In the case of paragliding, the activity allows unrivaled contact with nature. “Suitable for the entire family”, said the instructor while he secured the harness and gave us basic instructions to feel completely safe during this adventure.
Because safety is the number one premise of the pilots. In fact, all of them are highly experienced in the subject. One thing to consider is that all pilots flying tandem must have at least 200 hours of solo flight. This fact lets adventurers enjoy the flight in the knowledge that there is someone who studied, trained and practiced a lot to take them down on this experience second to none.
“At first, once we manage to raise the sail, we must run forwards. This way, we will take off as soon as possible”. And thus, in a matter of seconds, we were flying over the heads of all the other people who were getting their gear ready.
Once in the air, we could see the entire city. The only thing left for us to do was to enjoy the scenery and the unique sensation of flying. There is nothing in the world like comparing oneself to a bird. A moment hard to forget.
Bear in mind: The entire tour lasts half a day. Hiking shoes or similar, long trousers and warm clothes are to be worn.Tandem flights usually take 25 to 35 minutes of free flight. If there are thermal currents (hot air masses that elevate the glide), flights will take a little longer.