To go paragliding in Medellin is an amazing experience. From above you have a chance to see the City of Eternal Spring from a whole new point of view. Since I don’t have a death wish, I decided to hire a professional to take me on this journey. I think it was a wise choice.
A student preparing to practice his take off.
Paragliding in Medellin began with arriving at our take off point high above Bello, a northern suburb. It wasn’t quite hot enough when we arrived, so we waited a little while, and watched some of the paragliding students work on their take off skills.
This is how you practice without dying – you stay on the ground.
We finally got all hooked up and ready to take off, literally. When taking off you run as fast as you can until you are no longer running, you are flying. If this sounds a little awkward when you’re hooked up to another person only cms behind you, that’s because it is awkward. However, until I learn how to paraglide on my own, I guess I’ll have to deal with this inconvenience.
Our take off location high above Medellin.
While in the air we could see the entire valley in which Medellin is situated. We were also afforded amazing views of the waterfalls and fincas that are in the mountains surrounding the city. The views were amazing, and I hope the pictures and video demonstrate this better than my words ever could.
One criticism of the trip was that it was far from comfortable. The seat that attached me to my guide was a new seat, and I don’t know if it had been tested before. It was terribly awkward, and made for an uncomfortable trip. I enjoyed my experience, but it would have been much better with a well fitted seat.
How to Experience Paragliding in Medellin
I went with the people at www.parapentemedellin.com/index.html. I took the 30 minute option for 100,000COP ($60) instead of the 20 minute option for 80,000COP ($50). The transportation is NOT included in this price, and will cost 80,000COP for the day. If you find others to join you, this cost can be split. Another option is to catch the bus there. It’s not direct, but you can find a bus to San Cristobal from Calle San Juan, then another bus up to San Felix. Then at the bottom you are not far from the Metro. They also offer courses to learn how to paraglide for yourself. They cost about 1,500,000COP ($825), and go for about six weeks, weather and student dependent.