Paragliding in Paracas

“Are you nervous?” instructor Samuel Linero asks me. “Naahhh I’m good” I answer him. Like jumping off a cliff with just a parachute is not scaring my pants off. While he checks the conditions and prepares the parachute and all the equipment he says: “We were not meant to fly, otherwise we would have had wings. But with this parachute and a little help and wind from Mother Nature we can still get pretty close to flying”. I put on my gear with a shaky hands, and strap myself to Samuel. “Okay when I say run, you will run as fast as you can to the edge of the cliff” Samuel says. “Sure” I answer, like I hear that everyday. My heart is pounding, running off a cliff is not something I do daily… “RUN!” Samuel shouts from behind me. I start running with everything I got towards the cliff, and as I approach the edge, every fiber of my being wants to stop… The wind caught the parachute and my feet left the ground. I was flying! I was no longer scared. Instead I gazed around while we flew, and the views were AMAZING! “Only birds share our view” Samuel says, and points at the seagulls who joined our flight. So silent, so high above everything and everyone, so peaceful. After 20 minutes we touched ground again, and I knew that once more my comfort zone got a little bigger.

We were not meant to fly, otherwise we would have had wings. But with this parachute and a little help and wind from Mother Nature we can still get pretty close to flying

Interested in paragliding in Paracas? ย Contact my friends at Peru Fly!

Paracas is a small town in Peru, known by tourists for nice beaches and boat rides to the Ballestas Islands and dune buggy tours through the Paracas National Reserve. The boat tours take you to the Bellastas Islands, two rocky islands filled with birds, sea lions, penguins and if you’re lucky there will be dolphins on the way. Fancy something more adventurous? Dune buggy tours can be quite the kick as well, enjoy nice desert views while driving your dune buggy? Just take something to cover your face and mouth, or you’ll be eating sand the rest of the day.

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