Simon Parker: Adventure Journalist
for London's Independent news organisation, Simon writes: "With a claim of 350 perfect days for flying every year, and a renowned school offering 10-day courses for the equivalent of £606, including equipment hire and accommodation, Bucaramanga is fast gaining a reputation as the paragliding capital of South America". read more


Tim Scott paraglding in South America gives us an insight to flying Colombia.

In the two months I flew the site, there were only two days when p.m. flying was washed out due to rain or lack of wind- and even then one could have flown in the morning.
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Ruitoque is a great place with plenty of top landings. Thermic mornings and dynamic afternoons make this site the most popular around. From there you can cross the city and back. This place rocks. After sunset we stop off at the pilots hangout and order cervesa's and a snack to tide over for diner.

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You probably think that Colombia is a dangerous place to visit. It used to be, and there are still areas I wouldn't recommend going to, but, in the past few years, under the leadership of President Uribe, Colombia has been changing. With its diversity of flora and fauna and huge areas of protected parkland, Colombia is an ecotourist destination.
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Since we first met them several years ago at Big Sur, Richi and his friend, Walter Lanhammer, often regaled Sara and I with stories of their native Colombia. When Richi concluded that political stability under the country’s new president made it possible to begin scheduling flying tours to the Bucaramanga region, we promptly signed up.

 

 

This was my best journey ever. I’m happy that I could discover authentic Colombia, your life, and go to places where tourists don’t usually go. What I most liked is that [the bad things I’ve heard] about Colombia isn’t the truth! For example myths about criminality, theft and that I can trust no one.

Also I would like to thank for your hospitality and for accomplishing all our expectations. I can imagine that with our big and so different group it wasn’t so easy, but you did it, so I, we say big thanks to you.

 


 

 

I got to now your country as a big friendly, happy, nice, helpful, response, delicious, hot, green and colorful, singing and dancing … I could write and write about Colombia. Big pleasure was that I was also given a chance to learn first steps in salsa dance.

And I want to thank You and all your team, Pablo, Tio, Wilfredo, Sarita and girls from Ansermanuevo and of course big thanks Joanai, who gave you so many free days. In Colombia I had so many positive emotions witch I can’t describe in one letter. I really hope that one day I’ll meant to come back. With love, Iveta -Latvia

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