Brazil Trip 101: Rio de Janeiro – Hang Gliding

29 10 2012

One of the must do activities when dropping by the city of Rio de Janeiro is to view the city from the sky, flying on artificial wings. One of the reasons why someone like me can fall easily in love with the city is how its long stretch of beaches are so close to its lush green hills. Both enveloping the city in between both vibrant with the fusion of its new cityscape atmosphere and its old, traditionally Brazilian fun-loving culture.

We took our chances with the Associação Brasileiro de Vôo Livre located along the Praia de São Conrado. It was a bit tougher to commute towards though as there were no direct buses from the city centre. We took a bus to Leblon and a 20 – 30 minute taxi to reach São Conrado. From there, a short walk along the the shore, you’d spot the team of instructors lounging, fixing up their gliders, and entertaining their guests.

 

Our hostel hosts recommended we look  for Mauro – who wasn’t that difficult to find being so well known and all – and we knew we were in good hands. They took us up a long very steep road to the jump off point. There was a lot of “hangliders” and a “parachuters” in queue so it took maybe another 1-2 hours before we got our turn.

Vôo Livre means free flight in Portuguese… and it was indeed one of the freest places I’ve been in.

Cost: BRR 300 or around USD 170

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