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Up in clouds

Up in clouds - Jarek Wieczorek gliding along the Atacama Desert coastal range in the Loa river area, The Atacama Desert, Chile

I visualized this flight tens of times. I imagined myself taking off high above the clouds. I daydreamed about flying over the deep canyon of Loa river. I looked at gliders down low at Palo Buque. I pictured myself flying into Iquique at dusk with street lights on. I dreamed about this flight for a long time. Aren’t our dreams what we live for? Tocopilla (Level 2) to Iquique – 190km – over 7h in the air. More here.

Photo: Jarek Wieczorek – the host of this blog gliding along the Atacama Desert coastal range in the Loa river area, The Atacama Desert, Chile.

Final Glide

Final Glide

Iquique is the only place in the world where you can flight right above the town. Every paraglider flight in Iquique ends with a final glide from the mountains of The Coastal Range toward landing on one of the Pacific beaches and takes you right above the city, above a square pattern of streets, above swimming pools and a stadium, above a shipping port, above a bay full of fisherman boats and above high-risers lining the coast.

Photo: Leo Andrade on a final glide above city of Iquique, the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Level 2

Level 2 - Sunset view from the highest sea cliffs in Chile and the highest paragliding takeoff of Northern Chile - Level 2, Tocopilla, the Atacama Desert, Chile

Another addition to Project Colorada. This time our desert off-road exploration took us to the highest sea cliffs in Chile. It is a 6.000ft (1800m) vertical drop straight to the ocean! And yes, we are preparing a brand new takeoff there – Level 2. The views are breathtaking as it is way above the permanent Atacama inversion layer which means it is often high above the clouds. It should make paragliding XC flights from Tocopilla toward Iquique much easier. We will be testing it very soon.

Photo: Sunset view from the highest sea cliffs in Chile and the highest paragliding takeoff of Northern Chile – Level 2, Tocopilla, the Atacama Desert, Chile.

Antofaya XC Sky Challenge 2011

Antofaya XC Sky Challenge 2011, October 23

On October 23 (Sunday) Antofaya Expeditions is organizing a paragliding XC Challenge trying to fly 200km to Iquique from a brand new takeoff on the highest cliffs in Chile – 1600m. Number of available space limited. Please email me to sign up. More info here.

Crossing The Andes

Crossing The Andes - Camping in the hart of the high Andes between Tilcara in Humahuaca Valley and San Francisco in Calilegua, North-Western Argentina

Antofaya crosses The Andes – on foot. It took us five days of strenuous trekking along ancient Inca paths to cross the spine of South America – The Andes. We trekked from a desert village of Tilcara on the Western side, climbing various ranges and crossing deep valleys. We ended in a hamlet of San Francisco in lush jungle on the Eastern side of this longest mountain chain in the world. The maximum altitude we reached was 14,000ft (4300m) asl and minimum 3,300ft (1000m) asl. It is over 2 miles (3 kilometers) vertical climb. And we had to do it multiple times summiting each range! I wish we could do it as easily as condors do it – our only companions during this adventure.

Photo: Camping in the hart of the high Andes between Tilcara in Humahuaca Valley and San Francisco in Calilegua, North-Western Argentina.

Lemon Air

Lemon Air - Carlos Curi flying his paraglider over lemon tree plantations in Tucuman, Argentina during Argentinian National Loma Bola Paragliding Championship

It is spring in Tucuman. It means it is the time when thousands of hectares of lemon plantations are in bloom. Every single thermal is filled with nice sweet smell of flowering citrus trees. You do not want to stop circling. It is a paragliding aromatherapy.

Photo: Carlos Curi flying his paraglider over lemon tree plantations in Tucuman, Argentina during Argentinian National Loma Bola Paragliding Championship.