Paragliding Lima – Peru Paragliding with CondorXtreme

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Interested in paragliding Lima? There’s a lot to love about paragliding in Peru — in the capital and elsewhere. Here we share our experience with Peru paragliding and tell you a little about why paragliding Lima should be on your list of things to do in Peru.

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Peru Paragliding with CondorXtreme

When it comes to travel, we always love a thrill, and we knew that paragliding Lima might provide us with one. Not only does it provide you with a unique view of the city, but it’s also quite a rush! Peru offers lots of paragliding opportunities, but paragliding in Lima makes it easy and accessible to all.

The city of Lima is built on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, the perennial winds coming off the water make paragliding in Lima Peru a fun activity year-round. We partnered with CondorXtreme for our own paragliding Lima experience. Here’s how it went and what to expect.

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What is Paragliding?

Humankind has always wanted to fly with the birds. And eventually, we came up with a few ways to do it without causing bodily harm. Sure, there are planes and helicopters. And of course, there’s skydiving for the real adrenalin junkies. Yet for some, paragliding offers its own unique way to sail through the skies.

Differences Between Hang Gliding and Paragliding

If you’re not familiar, then it’s easy to get hang gliding and paragliding mixed up. The easiest way I can explain the differences between hang gliding and paragliding is as follows. Think of hang gliding more like a pushing a large paper airplane into the air. The pilot “hangs” underneath the apparatus and steers it. In contrast, paragliding is quite literally a parachute steered by the pilot.

There are various forms of paragliding in Lima and elsewhere. One involves only the pilot…and possibly a passenger if doing tandem paragliding. The other — sometimes called paramotoring — involves using a motorized fan that’s either attached to the pilot or to a small three- or four-wheeled vehicle.

Paragliding Lima VS Paramotoring Lima

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Our experience paragliding Lima was of the paramotoring kind. There are a few differences between paragliding Lima and paramotoring Lima. One of the most obvious differences is cost. Unmotorized paragliding can range from a few dollars more to a significantly higher price point. The second obvious difference is noise: powered paragliding in Lima comes with the sound of the engine. One unexpected advantage that powered paragliding Lima has is that strong winds are not required. When the wind dies down, unmotorized paragliding becomes problematic.

Is Paragliding Safe?

Many may wonder: Is paragliding safe? The answer is yes. From a statistical standpoint, paragliding is as safe or safer than driving. As long as you choose an experienced and professional paragliding company, you are in safe hands. Founded in 2006, CondorXtreme has been taking clients skyward for well over a decade. I spoke with Al0nso, one of their pilots. He had been paragliding since he was twelve years old, he said. In his spare time, he joins paragliding races and other competitions.

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We made our reservation with CondorXtreme the day before we arrived. It’s possible to just show up and fly, but we recommend reserving a time beforehand. CondorXtreme is located near the shore about 10 minutes by car west of Parc de Amour and the stylish Miraflores district. There’s not much down by the shore to indicate the CondorXtreme office, which is much more than a cargo container next to the landing field. Look for a pale pink tent with the CondorXtreme logo a little east of the domes of the Domos Art structure.

Once we arrived, we spoke to Andy in their ad-hoc offices and waited our turn. There were a few people ahead of us, so we walked down to the shore for a few minutes and watched the waves come in and out. Soon it was time to suit up. Our girl wanted to go first, so the assistant strapped her into the Paratrike’s safety harness and clipped on a helmet. Then he handed her a long selfie stick with a GoPro attached at the other end. We were to hold this out during the flight for our own personalized movie of the trip. Then after a quick refueling, the paratrike fired to life and my girl was 400 feet in the air, soaring over Lima’s coastline.

From the Air

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In minutes, she was out of sight. Then another paratrike landed and prepared for takeoff. The same process ensued: strap in, helmet on, a quick refuel and then the motor roared to life. I’m sailing above the beach before I knew it. At first, I was concerned about holding the selfie stick with their GoPro on it. I don’t want to accidentally drop it, but then I saw the strap that secured it to the frame. The ride is generally smooth with occasional wobbles as the windspeeds fluctuate, but I never felt in danger.

As we soared east, I looked down at a spectacular view. To my left, I could see some of Lima’s most beautiful districts: Magdalena del Mar, San Isidro, Miraflores, and San Miguel. There were towering apartment blocks and lush green parks. To my right, the endless blue expanse of the Pacific, framed by the Morro Solar mountain to the southeast and the La Punta Peninsula to the northeast. It wasn’t long before we dipped into a turn that brought us back to where we came from. In total, the ride lasts around 15 minutes, but it felt longer.

When I reached the ground and unstrapped from the safety belts, my daughter leaped toward me. “Can we go again??!!” She pleaded. Not today, I told her, but I would easily consider paragliding Lima or some other form of Peru paragliding in the future.

Tips for Paragliding Lima with CondorXtreme

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We really enjoyed paragliding in Lima Peru with CondorXtreme. Here are a few tips and recommendations for getting the most out of the experience.

Wear Sunscreen!

The sun is pretty harsh here. Our total Peru paragliding experience — including waiting our turn and talking to a pilot afterward — was about 90 minutes. I totally sunburned my face during that time. Cover up. There isn’t much shade down near the water, so be ready.

No Flip Flops

Sure, you can wear slip-off sandals when paragliding Lima. But if one of your shoes falls off, you’ll probably never see it again.

Enjoy the Ride

Relax. If you dip or sway occasionally, just remember that it’s part of the ride. Winds vary, and any experienced paraglide captain knows how to handle them. In fact, pilots like Alonso enjoy making the ride exciting, so if you only want smooth and steady, let them know.

Have You Been Paragliding in Lima Peru?

Would you try paragliding Lima? Or have you? Did you try motorized or unmotorized paragliding in Peru? Did you attend a paragliding school? Do you have any paragliding safety tips to add? Let us know in the comments!

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Disclosure: Our paragliding Lima experience was sponsored by CondorXtreme. That said, my views are my own and I only recommend Peru paragliding and other things to do in Lima that I would do myself. As always.  My opinions are my own and I only recommend places/services that I believe will genuinely help you find fun in Peru with kids.

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