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Welcome to some of the best paragliding sites on the planet, where the sun always shines

If the weather this summer has been another big disappointment, with too many wet and windy days, why not pack your wing and a few pairs of shorts and come out to play in the sunshine. Brazil is an amazing place! It is world famous for the consistently, reliable weather and superb flying conditions. The friendly nature and wonderful hospitality of the Brazilian people are second-to-none.

Whether you’re a budding sky-god with hundreds of hours under your belt or you are relatively inexperienced, Brazil has plenty to offer.

We provide a full fly-guiding and support service to take the worry out of your paragliding holiday, enabling you to maximise your airtime and just have fun.

We want you to get the most out of your holiday and also experience some of the many, varied and wonderful sites that we fly. We will typically visit three sites during your stay with us.

Take a look at the site descriptions for more information.

Tour Dates

Tour Start Finish Sites Visited
1801 20-Jan-18 03-Feb-18 Alfredo Chaves, Castelo and Valadares.
1802 17-Feb-18 03-Mar-18 Castelo, Valadares and Baixo Guandu.
1803 17-Mar-18 31-Mar-18 Castelo, Valadares and Baixo Guandu.

I will again be working with Dean Crosby, CFI of Active Edge Paragliding. Dean is a BHPA Senior Instructor with a vast amount of experience – flying for 33 years and teaching for 29 years. He has been British Paragliding Champion and British Cross-Country Champion twice. He was captain of both the British Paragliding Team and the British Hang Gliding Team. Dean also competed at national level in all three soaring disciplines – paragliding, hang gliding and sail planes.

Dean will be guiding the groups in the air with in-flight coaching by radio and he will provide theory lectures where necessary.

In 2018 we will be running three tours, detailed below. The first is intended for those who are relatively new to the XC game, although that doesn’t prohibit more experienced pilots. The other two are aimed at pilots who already have some XC experience and are either looking to improve or just have a well-organised, guided holiday, without the worry of getting back to the hotel at the end of the day.

In addition to the dates shown above, we are happy to run tours for groups on different dates. Please contact me (steve@xcbrazil.com) to discuss your individual needs.

Tour 1801

In January we will be running a two-week thermalling and cross-country course. We will visit Alfredo Chaves, Castelo and Governador Valadares.

Alfredo Chaves is situated close to Vitória. It’s an excellent site for blowing away the cobwebs and introducing you to the flying conditions in Brazil.

We move to Castelo a few days later. Castelo is a bigger site, with a mixture of mountain and flatland flying. It’s one of my favourite sites in Brazil and has hosted many national and international competitions, including the PWC.

The last week will be in Governador Valadares, which is without doubt one of the most well-known XC sites in the world and the location for the PWC Super Finals in 2015 and 2017.

Whilst this course is aimed at those who are relatively new to cross-country flying, it could also benefit pilots with more experience who want to improve their technique. Visiting three sites with varied conditions and working towards specific objectives, helps to create a more interesting and challenging environment.

Tour 1802 and 1803

The second and third tours will spend four days in Castelo,  a week in Valadares and then three days in Baixo Guandu. These are all excellent cross-country sites that have been used many times for national and international competitions, including the Paragliding World Cup.

The intention is to gear this towards those pilots who already have some experience of flying XC and are either looking to improve or just wanting a stress-free guided holiday, flying in some of the best XC sites in the world. We will be setting tasks each day, designed to make this more challenging and educational whilst keeping pilots relatively close to the main roads for safety and ease of retrieve.

Pilots should preferably have a minimum of 20 hours post CP airtime and some thermalling experience. Above all, you must be current with your flying and proficient with both forward and reverse launches.

Prospectuses

For more information please read the relevant prospectus or email me (steve@xcbrazil.com)

Note – The Brazilian Carnival in 2018 will be during the two-week period between the first and second tours, from 9 to 14 February. Why not combine one of our tours with some partying during Carnaval and have the holiday of a lifetime.

 

Prices

Only £1,650 for two weeks

This is what is included:

  • Airport transfers
  • 14 nights hotel accommodation, with buffet style breakfast
  • Daily transport to take-off
  • Use of SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger
  • Retrieval service
  • Local SIM card
  • All coaching and theory lectures
  • Second flights each day if needed

Note:

The price is based on shared hotel rooms, each with en-suite bathroom, television and either ceiling fan or air-conditioning. Most rooms also have wi-fi facilities. If you are travelling with a partner or friend and have specific requirements please let us know at the time of booking. If you prefer a single room this can be arranged at a small supplement.

What you get for your money:

I will again be working with, Dean Crosby, CFI of Active Edge Paragliding. Dean will be guiding the group in the air, providing in-flight coaching by radio and giving theory lectures where necessary. He is a BHPA Senior Instructor with a vast amount of experience – former Captain of both the British Paragliding Team and the British Hang Gliding Team; competing at national level in all three disciplines (paragliding, hang gliding and sailplanes); flying for 34 years; he has been British Paragliding Champion and twice British Cross-Country Champion.

I have been flying for more than 17 years and have lived in Brazil since 2006. I’ll be providing assistance and advice on the take-off where required, arranging any second flights and coordinating the retrieves.

How to Book:

  • Contact us, either by email or phone, to check availability quoting tour number.
  • You will be notified by email of your provisional reservation.
  • Upon receipt of a deposit of £200 your booking will be confirmed and you will be sent further information.
  • The outstanding balance for your holiday will be payable one calendar month before the start of the tour.

Payment:

  • You can either pay by bank transfer or use the PayPal service.
  • Full details for making payment will be sent by email.
  • If you wish to use the PayPal service, please let me know and a PayPal money request will be sent. PayPal make a small charge for this service, which must be paid by you.
  • PayPal also gives you the option to pay using a credit or debit card for which they make a small charge. This must also be paid by you.

We’re sure you’ll find our holidays excellent value for money – remember to check out exactly what’s included and what isn’t if you’re comparing prices.

Sites

Choosing the Right Sites for the Best Tours

A lot of time has been spent finding the right sites for our tours and we’re always looking for others.

We will never use a site until we have thoroughly tested it ourselves, in a variety of conditions. Although it’s not possible to remove every potential hazard in a sport like this, we try hard to minimise the risks.

The take-offs are all clean and well-maintained, capable of being used by several gliders simultaneously and within sight of the usual landing fields or bomb-out fields.

The landing fields all have safe, alternative options, in case things don’t quite go according to plan.

Accessibility is an important consideration, in terms of both safety and comfort. Whenever possible we use 4×4 vehicles on sites that can only be accessed by dirt-roads.

Research and experience has shown that we are using the right sites, at the best time of year, for the most consistently reliable weather and cross-country flying conditions.

When planning the tours we try to offer some variety, usually visiting three different sites during the tour, while minimising the amount of time spent driving on Brazilian roads. Although we plan the tours well in advance, we try to retain some flexibility in case of inclement weather and this sometimes means that we don’t get the accommodation we would prefer but, when all said and done, the flying is what you are here for.

 

Reviews

Below are some of the reviews that previous clients have given us. There are more on my Facebook page. Each one contains a link to the page of the person who wrote it.

Mark Carter

Steve is by far the most organized guide I have come across yet. Plans have contingencies, and the contingencies have contingencies.

Our first day was greeted with a PowerPoint briefing outlining many of the key considerations when flying in Brazil followed by a pictorial walk through of the 100 km milk run from Governador Valadares to Caratinga.

Keeping with the trend of layers of redundancy, Steve also issues simcards, SPOTs, and has a driver in constant radio contact with the group as they head out along Dean/Robs chosen path for the day.

Speaking of Dean + Rob. Both instructors/guides have a unique take on client instruction. Where many guides/instructors will focus on the barbell clients (the best and the worst of the group, leaving the middle third to their own devices), Dean and Rob will make it a point to explicitly set aside one day of extra attention for each pilot on the tour – ensuring everyone comes away from the trip having grown as a paraglider pilot.

On the off/weather days, Dean seemed to have a presentation readily at hand whether it be XC flying considerations, route planning, or vol biv to help make sure pilots get the most that they can from the trip.

To sum it up my experience with XC Brazil: within a day of returning from XC Brazil’s January tour in 2016, I had a deposit down on 2017.

A recap of my experience flying with one of the guides during the 2017 tour can be found under my blog @ the flyinorange.blog and is titled ‘Cross Country Guidance’.

John Norman

I’ve done paragliding tours in 4 continents but I keep returning to Brazil to fly with Steve Barton of XCBrazil. When I’m on a paragliding tour I want to push hard to maximize every flyable hour. In Brazil with Steve I can totally relax about the logistics because I know he is as keen as I am for everyone to fly as far as possible. Steve has chased me into some quite remote places and always arrives full of enthusiasm. The flying is generally epic and Steve takes you to places that would be very difficult to fly on your own.I love these trips because they are so much fun and so well organised.

I have always gone on this tour solo, but by the time the tour ends I’ve always made friends and we then always spend a few days flying and exploring Rio. One day I will fly over the Christo statue.

Here’s John’s video, showing some of the flying at Castelo, Alfredo Chaves and then Valadares –

Graeme Stephenson

Brazil was brilliant!  I needed to hit the ground running upon my return to work – and other things in life – so it’s taken me a while to process the whole experience.  It’s only just dawning on me what a brilliant holiday it was.

It was great to meet you!  The holiday was great value for money and you pitched it all just right!  The hotels, transport, food, places and sights all added to the overall experience and of course I managed to break my own personal bests on a daily basis.  30km is an achievement for me and I’m delighted with all the flying sites.

Just wanted to say thanks for everything – I won’t hesitate to recommend you and Dean – and if you’ll have me back again I hope to notch up the big 100 next time around!

Xiaoting Hou Jones

Steve is the best organizer with a lot of local site knowledge and a passion for getting the best experiences for his clients. You are guaranteed to have fun with Steve.  

Gina Eveson

Thanks Steve. I’m back at work.  Slept like a baby last night but very sad when I woke up NOT in Brazil! Thank you again for such an amazing time – we all had the best holiday ever and you did an amazing job with the organisation of accommodation and flying for the boys. Hopefully we will return one day. . . much love x x x