paragliding in Costa Rica with Paracrane tours

Costa Ricaparagliding tours

Costa Rica paragliding tours

A TYPICAL TOUR PARAGLIDING in COSTA RICA
Because we know the area, and we always have small groups, we are flexible in our flying plans. You will fly the best sites in optimal conditions. You will have access to private sites unavailable to traveling solo pilots. While Mother Nature has no guarantees, we fly virtually every day, and average 1 or 2 no fly days in a whole season! Most tours start in the Caldera area, with 6 great sites within a 10 to 45 minute drive. Then we travel to Dominical, 3 hours south of Caldera, one of the most beautiful flying areas you'll ever experience, with 4 sites and more we develop each year. You can fly every day for hours, or take a break for a day or an afternoon and explore a cloud forest, go rafting, surfing, take a Spanish lesson, or chill at the beach. The areas you will visit are remarkably diverse, with some dry forested cliffs with cactus, mixed tropical forest and lush rain forest. You will see iguanas, monkeys, pelicans, frigate birds, hawks, eagles, vultures and crocodiles (from a bridge!) and often macaws and toucans.

SITES for ALL LEVELS
Most sites are P-2 friendly depending on conditions, with plenty of fun and challenge for experienced pilots. You will be flying both oceanside soaring sites and inland thermal sites. The soaring sites give you a great opportunity to hone soaring skills and practice top landing as well as a chance for experienced pilots to do maneuvers over the water. The inland sites give you a chance to refine thermaling techniques, active piloting and fly cross country. Almost every year we pioneer new sites in Costa Rica. The spring 2008 season saw the development of a great mountain site, Lobo's launch aka "Los Indios,"with fine XC potential, and 5 different LZ's. The local community has been extremely supportive, and invited us to fly during their annual local fiesta. There was even a guy who's sole job was to
halt all fireworks during paragliding approaches and landings! In 2009 we vastly improved the launch at one of our favorite sites, that Fred (Grandpa Ninja) and I pioneered at Danny Mann's, and we started flying a new site on the Nicoya peninsula at Lepanto. 2010 found better access to Parrita, one of our favorite advanced sites, and return to Rana Roja, and 2011 Nick pioneered 2 new sites to the south, including 3500’ vertical site at Dos y Media, near the Panama border. In 2013 and 2014 we pioneered flying “Salto de Zorro”, or Fox’s Leap, with numerous XC flights of 15-30+ km heading both north and south. My friend Carlos saw an ocelot or manigordo on his drive down, and we saw a puma or mountain lion on another trip up to launch. Check out photos of Paracranetours to Costa Rica here!

ACCESS to ALL the SITES
Many paragliding sites in Costa Rica are privately owned and are accessible only with a guide. You will have unique access to all the great sites on a tour with Paracrane Tours. We work hard to maintain good relationships with land owners, as well as contributing to local causes, like the small local school near Dominical. We urge all visiting pilots to respect sensitive flying sites wherever you fly, especially Costa Rica!

FOOD & WATER A typical Costa Rican breakfast is a hearty combination of rice and beans, called pinto, with your choice of eggs, bacon, tortillas or toast, at a local soda (Costa Rican cafe). Lunches we usually grab on the go, such as fresh fruit or snacks. We usually share a relaxed dinner at one of several local restaurants, where a great locally caught fish dinner and a beer is 10-15 bucks. You CAN drink the water, it's treated in the whole country, but in some places the bottled water tastes better.

PRICES
Prices are $3200 for 10 days of flying and 11 nights hotel per person, double occupancy ($400 extra for single occupancy) Non-flying friends are welcome. All transportation in Costa Rica, all lodging, guiding and coaching are included. Come join
Paracranetours for 10 days of paragliding in Costa Rica!

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