For hang-gliding lovers, flying is not just for birds. Equipped with hang-gliders or para-gliders, they jump from platforms and float in the sky, seeking for ascending currents of warm air – called thermals – to take them higher. The emotion of flying is irresistible – proof of this is the growing number of adepts. Currently, it is estimated that about 200 to 300 thousand people around the world are into this sport.
The sport was introduced in Brazil in 1974, in Rio de Janeiro. Pedra Bonita, reference among hang-gliding lovers, was the first jump platform in the Country. Growing fast, thanks to the local climatic and relief conditions, the number of jump platforms multiplied nationwide.
Today, there are over 180 points for hang-gliding by glider or para-glider in Brazil. In the South, the three States hold nice locations for taking off, with special focus on Florianópolis, in Santa Catarina.
In the Southeast, there are locations in the States of São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo and Minas Gerais – whose main point is in the city of Governador Valadares.
In the Northeast, the States that stand out are Bahia, Pernambuco, Paraíba, Rio Grande do Norte and Ceará – which has Sobral and Quixadá as the major attractions.
In the North, the States of Rondônia and Tocantins are worth visiting. In addition, in the heart of Brazil, Mato Grosso, Goiás and Brasília – which has hosted one of the legs of the World hang-gliding Championship, held in 2004. Brazilian thermal currents await you.