Flatlands of Colombia
Situated in the middle of the Cauca Valley, Roldanillo is the well-known paragliding capital of Colombia. It is the perfect place to work on your thermaling skill ahead of the European season. Flights start in the mountains but as the day progresses and the valley heats up we will slowly transition to the flats to enjoy the wonderful gentle thermals and perfect tracking the drifting climb
Facing east the main takeoff launches you high above the town of Roldanillo. The mountains around takeoff have very reliable house thermals but do have a possible pacific wind that comes in, so takeoff will be earlier in the day.
“Anserma” is our backup takeoff, we use it in the case of a northerly flowing wind, as it gives more options for distance to the south. This launch is more sheltered, thus it can be used later in the day. It is a bus journey to the town and transport up the hill in the infamous Willys jeeps to get to the takeoff site.
The typical route in Colombia is a 4 leg route, starting at Roldanillo we head north along the ridge with a turn point at La Union, from there we will usually head out into the valley and start our flatland flying. We will then head south and fly as far as we can with what the day offers.
Depending on the conditions of the day we may head north from La Union, from there we will be aiming to fly as far north up the valley as possible.
01. Flying Kit
We expect that you will arrive with a functional paraglider, harness, reserve parachute, helmet, and Vario/GPS.
We recommend you bring along your own trackers (Inreach / Spots). If you don’t have one then we can provide you with one, but do let us know before the course
The weather is nice and warm, good enough to fly in shorts, thin flying jacket and gloves.
It is essential that you have travel insurance which covers you in respect of the following:
- Medical Treatment
- Medical Repatriation
- Search & Rescue by helicopter
We will hand out a central grab sheet form, where we would like all pilots to fill in their emergency contact details, insurance policy, and contact numbers.
This grab sheet also mirrors all the Risk Acceptance sign-offs that are a part of this document. Please give it a good read and make sure you understand and accept the risk involved.