Flying high as a bird over Rio....literally !!
Trip Start May 10, 2011
162Trip End Apr 15, 2012
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I headed to reception to book us on the favela tour which is meant to be great, just as I was about to pay I asked about the paragliding and she said the guy had just called the hostel to say today was perfect conditions for anyone interested.....it was expensive but I really wanted to do it.
I ran back upstairs and after a 5 min debate with Marc we had signed up eeeeeeeeeeeek I had seen this on some travel programme before and it looked brilliant.
Lets go fly
So there are 2 options on is hang gliding and the other is para sailing, both are pretty similar basically you walk/run off the end of a platform 370m high in the mountains and fly !
We get to the top of the mountain and get geared up with our harnesses - then it was time, ..
My Jump - see video below
I went first and my task was to literally run as fast as possible off the end of this wooden ramp to take off - I was utterly bricking myself at this point but if I didnt run fast enough or stopped to hesitate on take off it could have went horrible wrong. The whole take off was a blur to me now all i kept thinking was run run next min I was in the air floating like a bird it was amazing - the views were amazing along the beach and we finally got to see Christ Redeemer out of the clouds
Marc's Jump - see video below, first half is missing as it didnt work :-(
Marc took off after me at a platform just underneath mine so he saw me go, then it was his turn - the had to literally jog off the edge and wait for the parachute to open - not my idea of fun as it all happens in slow motion, to walk or jump of the end of any mountain is just mental haha. The jump off and the parachute opens and off he went. The para gliders have a bit longer flight time and then land on the grass - Marcs landing was a lot smoother than mine thankfully.
The Pictures.....or not
As always with these type of things you get to pay a silly amount of money for the DVD or pics - turns out my guys camera was not working to take pics so I get a discount DVD which he assures me is of high quality so I can capture pics from it
The end of a great day....with football !!
We got dropped off at an Irish bar in Ipenema and lucky for Marc they were playing the Man City game against Liverpool, so several beers later and a win for city we staggered home, great way to end the day.
Cost of the paragliding - £100 each
Entry to the national park - £5.27 each
Cost of our DVD & Marcs pics - £35 (should have been £70 if I had pics too) - all this was refunded in the end though :-))
Cost of a pint in the pub - £3.50 each (happy hour was for an hour 2 for 1)