How to Paraglide in Medellín Cheap

It wasn’t until I arrived to Colombia that I heard about the opportunity to go paragliding or “parapente“. The primary topics of the country had always revolved around coffee, the beautiful women, its drug filled past & the recent surge in tourism. This afternoon in San Felix, all of that would change.

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How to get to G Topik Parapente?

Two options:

Less economical, more efficient, easier route:

Door to door transport for 100 mil pesos up to 4 people

Economical Route : This route makes sense for 2 people or less

  • Metro to Caribe station (North station) – roughly 3 mil pesos
  • 45 minute bus to San Felix – 3,200 mil or expreso 4,700

The scenery along the road was breathtaking. With every hair pinned corner turn a new wide open vista would open up providing city wide views & scenic beauty of the Andes mountain range.

Gibbo getting set up
Gibbo getting set up

How much is this going to cost me?

15 minute Tándem flight : 130.000 COP ($45)

If you’re like Gibbo, (Above) or the masses of visitors, you’re probably looking to update your AIM picture so a picture package is going to be your call.

15 minutes + Photo Package: 170.000 COP ($60)

Craving more air time?

Each additional 5 minutes = 30.000 COP ($10)

Straight up
Straight up

After catching our breath from the scenery & the workout, we were ready to fly. We were certain that they used these stairs to dissuade anyone who was on the fence about doing this activity as it gave you that “am I really going through with this?”. The zone was nothing but good energy & roughly 70 people partaking, waiting, watching & enjoying the scenery.

Once we checked in at the launch zone , I was in the air 5 minutes later. Felipe my pilot was gregarious, experienced, & nothing but the perfect fit for my first time.

Did I forget to mention?

We made it back safely so I could write this for everyone 😉

So was the $60 worth it?

Some of the best money I have ever spent, aside from buying the ticket to get to Colombia. It may seem like a budget breaker but comparatively you can’t do this sport anywhere else in the world for this price.

If something happens & you get cold feet, the scenery at GTopiks launch zone & office area are more than worth your time. The scenery, energy & fresher mountain air make the trip unforgettable.

Birthday month? Video & photo package covered in your month. Feliz cumpleaños!

Found a cheaper price? GTOPIK wants your business & will price match whatever that cost is.

Is it safe?

For those who aren’t biting the bait right away & have to get talked into it, yes it’s safe. All activities have their dangers but the professionalism & certifications of these pilots make everything smoother than grandmas butter.

Interested in getting your feet off the ground & soaring through the sky? Check out GTopik with the information below.

Some practical & useful information:

*VERY VERY IMPORTANT*

Flying conditions are all based on the thermals of the valley. Meaning, you can’t fly all day. The normal weather patterns are in the Morning 9-11 AM or afternoon 1-5 ish.

These aren’t set in stone so be aware and use these numbers below to get a more accurate idea on your desired day.

Local phone: +5744445642

Nacional toll free line: 018000423594

Only WhatsApp Edison Valencia: +573146427265

Mobile and WhatsApp Laura Alvarez: +573127496306

Jorge Muñoz Correa English info: +573017263960

Need some more ideas for what else to do in Medellín? Follow the guide here to save time & money:

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