Paragliding in Mexico
The origins of free flight begin with colorful myths and ancient stories of Gods from every culture ascending into the skies thousands of years ago. Our fascination for flight combined with relentless research and developement has brought us closer to the essence of flying; of having as little as possible between you and the sky. A paraglider is a wing made of rip stop nylon which connects to the pilot's harness through a series of kevlar lines. The wing itself pressurizes by means of ram air as the pilot moves forward thus creating an airfoil and combination of lift and drag. The harness or seat is designed to keep the pilot comfortably seated and in harmony with the wing and environement during the flight. Experienced pilots can stay in the air for hours, climb to elevations of 17,999 feet (you know who you are) and travel cross country, following cloud streets with only the help of rising currents of air.
The sport of paragliding has reached international levels with over 250,000 registered pilots throughout the world and dozens of companies dedicated to the construction and innovation of paragliders and accessories.
Mexico saw it's first pargliders in the early 1990's. To date there are approximately 400 practicing pilots throughout the country at sites such as Valle de Bravo, Iguala, Puebla, Leon, Tlaxcala, Manzanillo, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Orizaba and most recently Oaxaca. Mexico is known internationally as one of the world's finest areas for free flight with thousands of foreign pilots visiting the country annually.
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