Paragliding was originally invented between the 1950’s and 1960’s by European mountaineers who determined that the easiest way to descend a mountain was via parachute. Today paragliding has become one of the most popular extreme sports in the world.
Pilots sit in harnesses suspended below fabric wings, the shape of which is maintained by a series of suspension lines. These two layers of fabric are connected to internal supporting material in such a way as to form a row of cells, and by leaving most of the cells open only at the leading edge, incoming air keeps the wing inflated, thus maintaining its shape.
Despite not using an engine, paragliders can fly for many hours and cover great distances, depending of course on weather conditions. Commercial flights however usually last one to two hours and cover distances of only a few of miles.
Mexico’s vast territory has some of the best and most beautiful settings for extreme sports in the world, and the big cliffs and mountains of the country attract many adventurers every year. The spectacular sites in Guanajuato, Jalisco, Puebla and most especially Valle de Bravo, have all contributed significantly to the popular rise of paragliding in Mexico. Offering a wide range of innovative and exciting family adventure tours, Mexico continues to establish itself as a world leader, the perfect vacation option for adrenaline seekers.