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Paragliding from around the world

Paragliding is a simple form of human flight and also an adventure sport that people all over the world compete or participate in for high-flying fun. Much like an eagle, paragliders can soar in flights which last several hours and cover many hundreds of miles. The longest paragliding duration is 11 hours and covered more than 310 miles! Since paragliders are light, some adventurers choose to hike way up in the mountains; meaning paragliders have flown off of nearly every major peak in the United States and Europe, including Mt. Everest. By taking advantage of thermal lifts, paraglider pilots can stay aloft for 3 or more hours, climb to elevations of 15,000 feet, and go cross-country.

Woot! As Leonardo da Vinci said, “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.”

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Paragliders are easy to transport, easy to launch, and easy to land. And it offers humans a dream come true, the ability to fly and soar like an eagle. The glider is made of rip-stop nylon wing. The pilot sits in a harness which can be a comfortable as a lounge chair and actually uses the glider to fly like a bird like this photo of paragliding at Muriwai Beach, New Zealand. Photo #1 by Travis Wiens

Takeoff Sequence. Photo #31 by Mikel Ortega
iPhone capture – Paragliding on the beach. Photo #32 by Maurice
Takeoff Peak District National Park. Photo #33 by Dom Crossley
At Torrey Pines, San Diego. Photo #35 by Akshay
Indonesian world record paragliding attempt at Timbis in Bali. Photo #37 by Mj 1903
Paraglider jumping off a ramp at Tegelberg (1720 m), Schwangau, Germany. Photo #36 by Greg O’Beirne
Paraglider on air, above Neustift, Stubai Tal, Tirol, Austria. Photo #40 by Glg
Don Cesar, St Pete Beach sunset. Photo #41 by Andre Bulber

Source: Paragliding: When Humans Soar like Eagles (42 PICS)


TOP 10 Best Hot Air Balloon Rides

Humans have always been fascinated by the mystery of flying. The first attempts to copy birds by building wings that could be flapped by attaching them to the arms failed through the years. The ultimate success came from a completely different approach only after these methods were abandoned.

The Montgolfier brothers came up with a new idea in 1783. After a successful experiment of filling a silk bag with hot air which lifted meters off the ground,  Joseph and Jacques built a larger, spherical bag. They filled it with hot air from a fire and sent some farm animals in the air in a basket hung beneath it. Shortly after, this the brothers launched a 70-foot high balloon that lifted to 3000 feet and remained aloft for 25 minutes, with two men aboard. This was the first human, carrying flight technology. After this accomplishment was widely publicised, the human-carrying balloon evolved quickly.

Hot air balloons, today are able to reach thousands of meters height, with 21000 meters (69 000 feet) being the world record. Balloon flights and festivals are popular in various destinations around the world. We have selected 10 amazing locations around the world that are worth seeing from a birds-eye view.

Hot air balloon rides
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The best way to experience the ancient city of Bagan and its thousands of years temples is to get aboard on a hot air balloon and see it from the air. That´s the only way to really understand the size of one of the world´s greatest archaeological sites. Balloons Over Bagan is a privately owned Burmese, but British run company offering tours from mid-October to March off rainy season only.

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Drift above the fascinating and breathtaking Napa Valley vineyards and watch the sunrise from the basket early in the morning. There are many companies offering flights in the region. Established in 1980 Napa Valley Balloons is Napa Valley’s oldest balloon company.

Photograph found on travelphotography.theplanetd.com
Photograph found on travelphotography.theplanetd.com

The Cerdanya Valley is located in the Spanish Pyrenees, in Catalonia. From the air, you can discover one of the most impressive valleys in Europe and its surrounding mountains the Sierra del Cadí, the Sierra del Moixeró and the Tossa de Alp. Since it is very close to the French border there is also a chance to see the area if you choose a balloon flight from Southern France. Experience the dramatic scenery with Ballooning Barcelona an established name in the industry.

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Cappadocia is one of the most popular spots in the world to try a hot air balloon. The reason behind it is the utterly unique and surreal landscape that you have never witnessed before in your lifetime. Gently drifting over that fairy chimneys, through the valleys over vineyards and orchards, the different colours of the landscape will leave you breathless. Once you are back on the ground discover one of the underground cities in the region in Turkey.

Photograph found on www.atablefortwo.com.au

Watch the sunlight up the rugged MacDonnell Ranges on the Australian Outback. What would be a better way to have an amazing view other than a scenic hot air balloon flight. There is a good chance that you will see the big red kangaroos in their natural habitat. With nearly 30 years experience, Outback Ballooning is Australia’s only balloon company specialising in remote Outback operations.

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Jaipur in Rajasthan, India is a real adventure destination – why not combine it with a once in a lifetime hot air balloon flight. Jaipur is often called the ´Pink City´has magnificent forts and palaces. On your ride, you will explore the Amber Fort, Jal Mahal and the aerial view of Jaipur. The company called Sky Waltz offers an unforgettable experience through the sky.

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Hot air balloon flights in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve is a truly enchanting experience. It is the northernmost part of the spectacular Serengeti-Mara ecosystem, home to the “Great Migration” and outstanding wildlife, including lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, hippos, and crocodiles.

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Château-d’Oex is a hot air balloon paradise. Every year in the last week of January this part of the Swiss Alps provides the setting for the leading alpine ballooning event, the International Hot Air Balloon Week. The sky blooms with colour as hot-air balloons float over the snow peaks.Hot air ballooning is available all year round.

France, Dordogne (24), Perigord Noir, vallee de la Dordogne, Castelnaud-la-Chapelle, le chateau medieval de Castelnaud qui abrite le Musee de la Guerre au Moyen-Age, vol de montgolfieres (vue aerienne)

Combining a gastronomic experience with a hot air balloon trip is an ultimate choice. Burgundy is a wonderful area renowned for its fine wines and châteaux. It gives every tourist, a taste, of the soul of France. Fly over the celebrated vineyards of the wine area, the spectacular medieval hilltop towns and villages of the Parc du Morvan Nature Reserve. Get in touch with the friendly and professional team of France Montgolfière Balloons, they offer trips throughout France.

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Angkor Wat is the world´s largest religious complex and archeological site located in Cambodia. After you have seen it from the ground and wandered for hours between the walls of this magical complex why not see it from above. Be prepared for the crowds, though. Angkor Ballooning is the only balloon company offering daily trips depending on the weather conditions.

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