Valle de Bravo, Mexico is a world class soaring destination with equally epic food. This charming mountain town, often described as the Aspen of Mexico, sits along the shores of Lake Avándaro, just 2 hours west of the capital city. Every year paragliders and hang gliders converge on this region between December and February. There are two launch destinations– La Torre and El Penon. La Torre is located just above town, it's slopes rising up from the lake. This ridge soaring site has little thermal opportunity, so it's primarily used by Valle's many commercial tandem pilots. The El Penon launch is outside of town about forty five minutes south of Valle de Bravo. The typical goal of pilots is to launch from El Penon and fly their way back to the "Lake LZ"– 9 mile flight as the crow flies, but it's technically challenging as there's a high mesa and a lake to cross or circumnavigate. Depending on conditions and pilot experience a multitude of routes (tasks) can be followed and offer pilots many exciting soaring features to explore. Appropriate for all P2+ pilots, this trip will take yearling pilots to new heights and delight season veterans alike.
-Trip 1: November 29- Dec. 7 (Full)
-Trip 2: December 7 - Dec. 15 (3 spots left)
Calef’s love affair with Valle de Bravo goes back to 2007. He got hooked on his very first day when he flew back to town and had his mind blown by an Al Pastor from Taco Alley. A week later he was already showing newcomers around the “magical pueblo”. A dozen years later, Calef’s still crushing the pork. tacos and sharing his insights and love for Valle de Bravo. He’s especially keen to help yearling pilots dial in their thermal skills and start pushing into flying cross country.
If you’ve yet to hear about Henzi, he’s a Sky-Jedi from Oregon. Not only is he a super talented racer, he’s one of the most insightful PG instructors we’ve met- SIV coach, XC coach, racer pilot… he’s the real deal. Henzi’s known for his super chill radio voice that delivers nuggets of wisdom just when you need it the most. We’re stoked to have Henzi on the team, zipping around the sky on his race glider, playing mother goose.
Where we stay
"Charlie's Place" is local posada (Mexican version of a B&B), whose guests are exclusively PG pilots and their companions. With welcoming hosts that are also pilots and an ideal location (convenient to the road to launch, just 100 yards from the lake LZ, and with excellent nearby food options), Charlie's Place books up months in advance. Having stayed at Charlie's place for a dozen years, PGNE now has a standing reservation for the entire Posada for Dec 1-18. The accommodations are simple but clean, comfortable, and safe. The rooms are a combination of single and double occupancy with private bathrooms enough to accommodate 12 pilots at a time.
Flights are to arrive in Mexico City before 4pm. After clearing customs our private mini bus will take us on the 2-3 hour drive to Valle de Bravo. For day to day flying, we have our own van and driver that is a pilot familiar with all the various launches and landing zones. Local cabs are plentiful, extremely cheap and often used by XC pilots who "land out" away from designated LZ options. Travel throughout town is typically done by foot. As with arrival, transport back to Mexico City is through a private charter. Flights are to depart no earlier than 12 noon.
$2,200: For those new students, and a $200 discount for returning customers. $500 deposit due at booking, balance before trip.
8 nights lodging
Private shuttle to-from Mexico City airport
Comprehensive pre-trip briefing and strategy session via online meeting
Personalized instruction and XC guiding
Nightly video review of launches and track log analysis
Flights to Mexico City (Nov 29- Dec 7 or Dec 7 - Dec 15, arriving before 4pm and departing after 12:30)
Food ($15-35 per day)
Travel insurance HERE for acceptable policies that cover Paragliding.
Peñon Club fee. ($40)
For 4 years in a row, we have booked this trip up and had to turn away folks who wanted to join… so claim your spot early!
Some pre-trip stoke…