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Palo Buque

Palo Buque - An acro pilot having fun on a virgin sand slope, Palo Buque, Iquique, The Atacama Desert, Chile

The biggest paragliding playground on the planet and a pilgrimage destination for pilots. It is a 1000m tall and 10km long sand and dunes covered ridge. Since Palo Buque sits just in my backyard I sometimes forget what a big treasure I have here. So I go and fly there at sunset over the Mystic Dunes and it reminds me why I fly.

Photo: An acro pilot having fun on a virgin sand slope, Palo Buque, Iquique, The Atacama Desert, Chile.

Real Pilots

Real Pilots - Paragliding Tiliviche camp at The Vulture Ridge, The Atacama Desert, Chile

Real pilots sleep in their wings. Sleeping-bags, tents, pillows and girlfriends are redundant. I love watching men with a passion. They push boundaries, they do not care about daily comforts, they always walk looking at the sky thinking about being there, and their faces light up when they talk about flying. Actually they hardly talk about anything else. So what do you do when you are not siting in your office? You kite-board? Do puzzles? Run marathons? I fly.

Photo: Paragliding Tiliviche camp at The Vulture Ridge, The Atacama Desert, Chile.