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Guided XC Trip to Roldanillo, Colombia

Guided XC Trip to Roldanillo, Colombia

£ 1,700

Cauca Valley, Colombia

Intermediate & Advanced
Multi-Day, Guides & Tours
Minimum age: 18
Cauca Valley, Colombia
Max. group size: 10
Cancellation: Strict
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 1,700

Activity Highlights:

Explore the scenic beauty of Colombia through the unique perspective of paragliding! Colombia boasts an enticing blend of reliable, serene thermals, coupled with a diverse array of flatland and mountain routes. Take advantage of our daily flying opportunities to maximize your airborne time and cover substantial distances. Adapt to ever-changing conditions to make the most of each day. Our tailor-made paragliding experience in Colombia offers you:

  • A fascinating mix of mountain and flatland flying, with a wide variety of routes and extensive cross-country (XC) flights.
  • Daily flights ranging from 60 to 100+ km, lasting 4-6 hours, allowing you to thoroughly immerse yourself in the captivating Colombian landscape.
  • One-to-one debrief sessions with our experienced guides halfway through the course to highlight your strengths and weaknesses, and suggest effective strategies to optimize your flying time.
  • Exhilarating flights amidst the mountains early in the day and soothing flights in the flatlands during the afternoon.

Your Colombian paragliding adventure starts at the Matecaña International Airport, Pereira, approximately a 1.5-hour drive from our charming farmhouse base in La Union. We also offer airport transfers from Pereira or Cali airports at an additional cost, which can be shared amongst pilots. Our preferred location, La Union, boasts an excellent variety of flying sites like Roldanillo and Ansermanuevo. This flexibility allows us to optimize each day’s potential based on weather conditions and pilot preferences.

You need to be at least Pilot Rated, with at least 30km of prior cross country experience. You’ll need to be self-reliant and capable of making your own decisions. We aim to help every participant achieve their personal best, making the most out of the conditions. To give you an idea, on our previous trip, daily flights averaging 50 km were common, with the lead group often doing 90+ km flights and flying for 3-6 hours on most days.

Accommodation

Expect a comfortable stay at our spacious and stylish farmhouse in La Union. Your stay includes breakfast, and for dinner, you can explore the local towns teeming with varied restaurants and shops. Our accommodation usually features dorm-style bunk beds, with 3 to 6 pilots sharing sizable rooms. Taxis and bikes are easily available for local evening transport.

Available Dates

  • XC1: Jan 15 – 26, 2024, 12 days (Guides : Debu Choudhury & Stefan Bernhard)
  • XC2: Jan 29 – Feb 9, 2024, 12 days (Guides : Corentin Lami & Pete Gallagher)

January and February offer superb flying conditions in Colombia while Europe is blanketed in snow. Enjoy a relaxing flying experience with typically light winds and gentle climbs up to 2,500m cloud bases.

Trip Checklist

Before you start your adventure, ensure you have the following:

  • Flying Kit: A functional paraglider, harness, reserve parachute, and vario/GPS. Ensure that your radios are 2-metre band compatible, and that your electrical equipment can handle a 110 or 220 volt charge.
  • Insurance: A comprehensive travel insurance policy covering medical treatment, medical repatriation, and search & rescue by helicopter.
  • Emergency Contact Details: Make sure to provide us with your emergency contact details, insurance policy, and contact numbers.
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Remember, this adventure aims to give you an exhilarating flying experience while keeping safety as the priority. Stay aware of your physical and mental limits throughout the tour and on each flight. We look forward to providing you with an unforgettable paragliding adventure in the beautiful Colombian skies!

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What's Included:

  • Expert XC guidance
  • Daily mountain transport
  • Site fees
  • Twin-sharing accommodation with breakfast
  • Full retrieve service

What's Not Included:

  • Flying kit - you must bring with you a functional paraglider, harness, reserve parachute, and vario/GPS. Ensure that your radios are 2-metre band compatible, and that your electrical equipment can handle a 110 or 220 volt charge.
  • Insurance - you must have comprehensive travel insurance policy covering medical treatment, medical repatriation, and search & rescue by helicopter.
  • Flights to Colombia and airport transfers

Frequently Asked Questions

You need to be at least Pilot Rated, with at least 30km of prior cross country experience. However, participants must be realistic in setting distance and airtime goals, based on their current skill level. Pilots should be self-reliant and capable of making decisions independently.

The course fee covers cross-country guidance, daily mountain transport, site fees, twin-sharing accommodation with breakfast, and a full retrieve service.

The tour is held in January and February, a time when Colombia offers superb flying conditions. There are typically light winds and gentle climbs up to 2,500m cloud bases.

Participants should bring a functional paraglider, harness, reserve parachute, and vario/GPS. Radios should be 2-meter band compatible, and all electrical equipment should be capable of handling a 110 or 220 volt charge. Comprehensive travel insurance covering medical treatment, repatriation, and search & rescue by helicopter is also essential.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 

Moderate

  • You can cancel until 5 days before yoru booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 

Firm

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount

Strict

  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts