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São Pedro and Governador Valadares Are Good Spots for Paragliding

11/04/2014 - 10h19

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GUSTAVO SIMON
FROM SÃO PAULO

Ronaldo Novoa, technical coordinator of the Brazilian Paragliding Association, recommends São Pedro and Governador Valadares (Minas Gerais) for paragliding.

BEGINNER

São Pedro (São Paulo) has the best take-off ramps in the country (around 380 metres high), which can be accessed with any vehicle.

The city has the ideal weather conditions: there is a good formation of "thermals" (an upward current of warm air used by gliders to gain height) because of the slightly irregular relief.

Flight routes follow the roads, adding a feeling of safety.

BEST TIME spring; between September and December, when the weather is stable

FROM US$ 60 for a 20 minute flight

WHO DOES IT Vitur: (+55 19) 3483-3600; Aventurando

PACKAGE two nights at the Santana's Ranch hotel with full pension US$ 68 for two. Available at Hotel Urbano: (+55 21) 2108-3636; hotelurbano.com.br

ADVANCED

Governador Valadares (Minas Gerais)

The ore deposits in the area causes the relief to be slightly irregular (like São Pedro), but with larger variations.

The take-off ramp at Ibituruna peak is higher (700 metres), which increases the chance of catching a "thermal" and extend the flight time.

BEST TIME During summer the weather conditions are better

FROM US$ 60 for a minimum of 15 minutes flight

WHO DOES IT GVFly: (+55 33) 3272-1045

PACKAGE US$ 34 a double room for two with breakfast included. Reservations: (+55 33) 3271-7525; hoteloitis.webnode.com.br

Translated by JULIANA CALDERARI

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