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Some two weeks   1290 €

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26th February - 14th March 2013


Governador Valadares and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tour Leaders and Organisers

Tour type

XC flights 

Flyable days *****

Weather is truly reliable. One can fly almost every day.

Weather conditions *****

As far as the flying is concerned, one of the best things about Valadares is its consistently reliable weather. During February, March and April the wind is usually weak, thermals are big, smooth (2-5 m/s) and relatively calm. It is a fantastic place to develop and fine-tune your thermalling skills. With cloudbase normally reaching about 1,800 meters above the ground, you will have plenty of time and space to polish up your technique.

Take-off place, landing area *****

The take-off is well maintained and has plenty of room. During the Brazilian Open competition, which Valadares hosts every year, it can accommodate more than 150 pilots. The main landing field in Valadares is massive. You could easily lose a football pitch inside it. It is situated close to the city centre. Only 10 minutes walk from the hotel and about 2 minutes from the nearest bar. In addition to the main landing field there are massive bomb-out fields before getting to the river, so having insufficient height for the crossing should never be a concern.
Further things to do ***

Accommodation ** 

pensions, hotels
You can choose the accommodation category that meets your requirements. 

Meals ***

Breakfast is included in the price with a lot of tropical fruits.
Shuttle service ****

Shuttle buses organised by the local club or taxis. (one transport / day to the take off place is included in the price) 

Tour description

Governador Valadares is a place in Brazil where there is:
-          no cold,
-          no limit of airspace,
-          no work,
-          no stress,
-          no husband/wife…


-          weather is flyable nearly every day,
-          soft and consistent thermals help you to fly through the sky, 
-          there are paragliding-lover ‘urubos’ (vultures) to fly and thermal with them,
-          you can taste the freedom and exotica of Brazil…

Who could ask for anything more?

Valadares is rightly described as a Mecca for paragliding. Countless national and international competitions are held here, year after year. Valadares once again hosted the PWC in March 2009, the World Championship in 2005 and it has also been the venue for the World Air Games.

Governador Valadares is an especial city built around an island in the yellow red color Rio Doce (Sweet River), in about 580 kilometres distance from Rio de Janeiro. The landscape is chiefly plan or rather undulating, but one can take off from the Ibituruna Peak (1,123 m asl) and join the group of kilometre-hunter pilots in cross-country flights.

Ibituruna is a huge lump of volcanic rock, towering 990 metres above the city and the landing field at Feira da Paz. Because of its height above the surrounding landscape, it tends to act like a magnet, drawing all the thermals in the vicinity towards its peak. It is an exceptional starting point for those big XC flights.

Whether you come here with 10 hours or hundreds of hours, Valadares has a lot to offer and provides an excellent opportunity to increase those personal bests. Valadares is generally considered to have some of the best cross-country flying in the world.

We spend or last day in Rio de Janeiro visiting Corcovado and the statue of Christ the Redeemer, one of the new seven wonders of the world! The views of Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf Mountain, and the Rio beaches of Ipanema and Copacabana are amazing from the top.
If weather allows, we never miss a great flight from Pedra Bonita. Its altitude is 520 meter (1675 feet) and the landing zone is directly on the beach! It is dreamlike to glide over the Tijuca's National Park Mountains, the largest urban rainforest in the world.

Peter Simonics, our tour leader is an expert of Brazilian flights since he set up a World Record of Straight Distance to Declared Goal in Ceara, Brazil, in 2002! During the last 16 years, altogether he has visited Brasilia to fly more than 40 times and from this 20 times Governador Valadares.

The price includes 

     -  Transfers between Rio de Janeiro and Governador Valadares
     -  One transport / day up to the take off place, the Peak Ibituruna
     -  Accommodation with breakfast
     -  Theoretical and practical instruction
     -  Daily weather updates
     -  Launching supervision
     -  Radio instruction during flights
     -  T-shirt
     -  Photo CD.

Further costs

     -  Lunch and dinner (it is reletively cheap in the city)
     -  Season ticket to Garfo Club (swimming pool, steam bath etc.)
     -  Corcovado Park entrance fee,
     -  Sightseeing in Rio de Janeiro by a rented bus. 

1290 €  for pilots 

905 €  for non-pilots 

Payment options 

You can book your trip with 30% deposit.

We accept cash, checks, PayPal or bank transfer. Click here for further details and cancellation policy.

Difficulty level *

beginner, intermediate and advanced pilots


- To have a completed P2 certification (or equivalent)
- DHV or CEN certified equipment
- Reserve parachute
- Helmet
- PMR or 2m radio
Detailed tour schedule

Meeting at Rio de Janeiro airport
Travelleing to Governador Valadares

every day

XC flights in Governador Valadares

the day before the last one

flying in Governador Valadares
Travelling back to Rio de Janeiro in the evening

the last day...

Sightseeing and flying in Rio de Janeiro
Flying home...

Bookings or Questions

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