Paragliding in Peru

By Paige, Nicaragua, October 2012

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Soaring silently through the skies, hair flowing in the wind as the world whirls by, may be humankind’s oldest dream. Travelers, more than most, seem tempted to take the leap.

Invented in the late 1970s, paragliding (or parapente) involves jumping into the wind from a high precipice, and soaring, perhaps for hours, beneath a modified parachute. And you can do it here in Peru, from many of the cliffs and mountains that make up the dramatic landscape.

Most travelers opt to take a short, 10- or 20-minute tandem flight, where you’ll be strapped in with an experienced professional who operates the paragliding foil while you snap photos and gasp.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Peru Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Peru.

Photo courtesy of youflavio via Flickr.

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