SUMMARY

Colombia’s vast mountain ranges, consistent sunny days, and warm winds make for the ideal paragliding destination. Upon successful completion of your 10-day paragliding course with Expedition Colombia, become a certified paragliding pilot. Your lessons take place in San Gil, a fun, adventure town, and in the mountains of Bucaramanga. We also offer a Medellin course, please contact for details. The fitness level required for this trip is a 3 out of 5. Several moderate physical activities raise your heart beat on this trip. A good level of physical fitness is required.

Highlights

  • Become a licensed paragliding pilot in 10 days
  • Professional, experienced bilingual paragliding instructor
  • 10 theory hours of class
  • 40 practical hours of ground handling
  • 1 training tandem flight (45 minutes)
  • A minimum of 40 flights of small height max 30m
  • 10 solo flights from high take-off to landing
  • Wonderful cultural stays in convenient, comfortable hotels in San Gil and Bucaramanga

BOOK THE TRIP

ITINERARY

  • Start your lessons in San Gil, located 98 kilometers from Bucaramanga
  • Your accommodation is well-situated in town and within a convenient 25-minute drive to your training grounds
  • Begin your course by learning the basics and by flying tandem in grassy hills
  • Once you are able to control your wings on the ground, move to an appropriate launch zone and practice taking off and landing
  • The rest of your learning process takes you to Bucaramanga, about 2 hours and 40 min. drive from San Gil. Stay at an on-site hotel to enjoy early morning training, when conditions are safest and easiest
  • Experience your first solo flight by day 4! During all solo flights, you are guided by your instructor by radio from take-off to landing
  • Obtain the Diploma and Paragliding pilot license Level 1 FEDEAEREOS Colombia FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) and APPI (Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructor) Adventure Pilot Certification
  • We also offer a certified paragliding instructor course in Medellín
  • Arrive to Palonegro International Airport at Bucaramanga, where your guides welcome you to Bucaramanga
  • Drive 2 hours and 40 minutes to San Gil, a fun adventure town
  • In the evening, take your first theory course
  • Stay overnight in a comfortable hotel in town located 25 minutes from the course’s rural location

After breakfast at your hotel, drive to San Gil (about 98 kilometers or 2 hours and 40 min. drive from Bucaramanga). Arrive at the paragliding school where you begin to practice controlling your wings on the grounds. Return to San Gil for dinner and a relaxing night in your hotel.

  • After breakfast, drive to the paragliding school
  • Today’s goal is for you to gain control of your equipment in the wind and practice with a tandem “micro flight” with your pilot in San Gil
  • Return to San Gil for dinner and a relaxing night in your hotel
  • Feel free to ask your guide any questions you may have!
  • After breakfast at your hotel, drive 2 hours and 40 minutes to the paragliding school in Bucaramanga
  • This is your day to fly solo for the first time, but you will always be in radio contact with your instructor
  • Enjoy the convenience of the school’s on-site restaurant and hotel
  • Stay overnight in the relaxing, rural environment and gain a taste for Colombia’s mountain lifestyle
  • After breakfast at your hotel, walk about five minutes to do another solo flight today
  • Today’s flight, you will focus on finessing landing in a precise area
  • Stay overnight at the school’s on-site hotel and enjoy local food
  • After breakfast at your hotel, walk about five minutes to practice solo flying
  • The remainder of your course is dedicated to fully immersing you into practice flights that prepare you for your final flight assessment
  • Feel free to visit local towns and restaurants with other paragliders in the evenings to gain a sense of Colombian food and culture
  • Stay overnight at the school’s on-site hotel
  • After breakfast at your hotel, walk about five minutes to practice solo flying today
  • In the afternoon, gain from a constructive feedback session from your instructor
  • Stay overnight at the school’s on-site hotel
  • After breakfast at your hotel, walk about five minutes to practice solo flying today
  • Apply what you learned in the feed-back session to improve your flight before your final assessment
  • Stay overnight at the school’s on-site hotel
  • After breakfast at your hotel, walk about five minutes to the school for your final assessment
  • Fly solo along-side your instructor for an assessment flight
  • Under successful completion of additional assessment of learning, obtain your course diploma
  • Obtain the Diploma and Paragliding pilot license Level 1 FEDEAEREOS Colombia FAI (Federation Aeronautique Internationale) and APPI (Association of Paragliding Pilots and Instructor) Adventure Pilot Certification

After breakfast, receive an airport drop-off to Palonegro International Airport at Bucaramanga.

CHECKLIST

  • Bilingual certified instructor and private instruction (languages: Spanish and English) – Professional bi-lingual driver for in-country travel
  • Airport pickup and drop-off
  • Paraglide and all safety equipment
  • Educational resources, course materials
  • Accommodation
  • Water, breakfasts, lunches, non-alcoholic drinks
  • In the Air: a pair of closed toe walking shoes, long pants and long sleeve shirt, sunblock, sunglasses, a refillable water bottle
  • Sunhat, sunscreen, sunglasses, bug repellent, bathing suit – warm top, rain jacket, head lamp, sunglasses and toiletries
  • Photocopy of identification, camera, notebook

  • Enjoy Colombian breakfasts at your hotels
  • Enjoy lunch at traditional Colombian restaurants or on adventure day trips, enjoy lunches prepared by our French chef
  • Excellent vegetarian, vegan, gluten- free options* notify us 24 hours in advance of any dietary needs or allergies
  • We offer dinner recommendations to fit your preferences and budget.
  • Excellent vegetarian, vegan, gluten- free, and other dietary options
  • Treated water is offered to guests, please bring a refillable water bottle or purchase bottled water

PRICE & RESERVATION

Price starting at

$1400 USD

open all year

100% deposit must be made one week before the trip, for last minute payment and reservation request contact Expedition Colombia. All payment must be done through our booking platform, or via a deposit in our Bancolombia bank account.

*All our prices above do not include IVA.

  1. According to the Colombia tax system, foreigners are exempted for the IVA.
  2. For Colombian residents, citizens and foreigners living in Colombia for more than 6 months, 50 % of the total IVA will be charged and the other half will be covered by the company.
  3. For companies or agencies, the total IVA will be charged.

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