Et hang-gliding eventyr

5. marts 2024

Gør dig klar til et adrenalin-fyldt eventyr, når vi løber ud over en platform og hang-glider over Rio de Janeiro.
Vi svæver højt over byen og nyder en fantastisk udsigt og får en kæmpe oplevelse.

Have you ever dreamed of soaring through the sky like a bird, with the stunning city of Rio de Janeiro unfolding beneath you? Well, hang gliding in Rio offers just that – an exhilarating experience that combines adrenaline with breath-taking views. Join me on a journey as we delve into the world of hang gliding and discover why it’s a must-do activity for any adventurer visiting Rio. 

Before we get airborne let’s have a few facts about where we are: 

FACTS ABOUT Rio de Janeiro

Size and Population

Rio is the second-most populous city in Brazil, after São Paulo, with a population of over 6.7 million people. The city spans an area of about 1,200 square kilometers. 


Rio de Janeiro is a vibrant city located in the southeastern part of Brazil, nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and the Serra do Mar mountain range. 


Brazil is predominantly Roman Catholic, but Rio de Janeiro is a culturally diverse city with a mix of religions, including Catholicism, Protestantism, Spiritism, and others. 

Official Languages

The official language of Brazil is Portuguese. While English is not widely spoken throughout the population, it is more commonly understood in tourist areas and higher educational settings. 

Famous Proverbs

“Deus ajuda quem cedo madruga”: Translates to “God helps those who wake up early,” similar to the English proverb “The early bird catches the worm.” 

“Água mole em pedra dura, tanto bate até que fura”: Equivalent to “Constant dripping wears away the stone,” meaning persistence pays off. 

Exploring the Skies Above Rio 

Imagine flying like a bird over one of the prettiest cities in the world. That’s what hang gliding in Rio feels like. Picture yourself hanging beneath a giant kite-shaped glider, gazing down at Rio’s vibrant skyline. From the lush Tijuca Forest to the famous beaches like Copacabana and Ipanema, Rio looks even more stunning from up high. As you glide, the city unfolds like a colourful carpet beneath you. The streets, the ocean, the greenery – it’s all there, creating a breath-taking view that’s hard to beat. And the feeling of freedom as you soar through the sky? It’s like nothing else, a mix of excitement and serenity that’s truly magical.  

But it’s not just about the sights – it’s about the adventure too. From the moment you launch to the rush of the descent, every second is filled with anticipation. The wind in your hair, the adrenaline pumping through your veins – it’s an experience that’ll leave you buzzing long after you land. And let’s not forget about the wildlife. As you glide through the air, you might spot some of Rio’s native birds, soaring alongside you as if they’re welcoming you to their home. It’s a reminder of the beauty and diversity of this incredible city, and a moment you’ll cherish forever. 

“Is it dangerous?”

Safety First: Dispelling Myths 

This question often pops up when we think about adventure sports like hang gliding. But let me tell you, in Rio, safety’s right up there at the top of the list. With seasoned instructors by your side every step of the way, you can kick back and relax knowing you’re in good hands.

These guys know their stuff inside out, so you can trust them to handle all the technical bits while you just enjoy the ride. From checking equipment to assessing weather conditions, they’ve got it covered. And with years of experience under their belts, you can rest assured that you’re in the safest of hands.

Flying side by side with your instructor not only adds to the fun but also ensures you’re in safe hands throughout. They’ll walk you through everything you need to know before take-off, from how to properly strap in to what to do in case of an emergency. While hang gliding might seem a bit daunting at first, rest assured that in Rio, it’s as safe as can be. Just sit back, take in the views, and let the pros handle the rest. With their expertise and guidance, you’ll be soaring through the skies in no time, with nothing but adventure and excitement ahead. 

The Adventure Begins: 

Meeting Our Pilots

It’s here, on the sandy shores, that the excitement really kicks in. These are the guys who’ll be steering you through the skies, Paulo and Fubar. They’re not just instructors; they’re your ticket to an unforgettable adventure. As you gear up for your flight, you’ll get to know Paulo and Fubar a bit better.  

They’re not just skilled pilots; they’re also friendly and reassuring, ready to answer any questions you might have. With their expertise and guidance, you’ll feel confident as you prepare to take to the skies. They share stories of their own adventures, adding to the anticipation building within you. As you listen to their tales, you can’t help but feel a surge of excitement.  


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This isn’t just any flight – it’s a journey into the unknown, a chance to see the world from a whole new perspective. And with Paulo and Fubar by your side, you know you’re in good hands. Soaking in their wisdom, you start to feel a sense of camaraderie forming.

It’s not just about flying; it’s about the shared experience, the bond that forms between you and your fellow adventurers. With Paulo and Fubar leading the way, you feel ready to take on whatever challenges may come your way. As you look out at the vast expanse of sky before you, you can’t help but feel a sense of wonder. This is your moment to spread your wings and soar, to embrace the unknown with open arms. With Paulo and Fubar by your side, the sky’s the limit – quite literally. 

The Deck Without a Railing:

Embracing the Adventure 

“The view’s stunning, but that missing railing has me thinking I might’ve signed up for a hang-gliding version of ‘extreme patio chilling.'” 

Approaching the launch platform, perched high up on the mountain, is where the real adventure begins. It’s like standing on the edge of a cliff, but instead of feeling scared, you’re pumped with excitement. With no railing in sight, it’s like being invited to the ultimate high-flying party. There’s nothing between you and the great unknown but a wooden ledge, daring you to take the plunge. But don’t worry, this isn’t your average patio chillout session. This is hang gliding – the real deal.

As you stand on the precipice, you can feel the anticipation building in your chest. The wind whispers promises of freedom, while the sky beckons with its boundless possibilities. With each breath, you feel more alive, more ready to embrace the adventure that awaits. It’s a moment of pure exhilaration, of stepping outside your comfort zone and into the unknown. But that’s what makes it so thrilling, so utterly unforgettable. 

Taking Flight

Run, Run, Run

With a leap of faith, you launch yourself into the air, feeling the ground drop away beneath you. Running off the edge is a rush like no other. As you glide through the sky, the wind rushing past, you’re treated to a mesmerising vista of Rio’s majestic landscape. Below, the Atlantic Ocean sparkles in the sunlight, while the Christ the Redeemer statue stands tall against the horizon. It’s an exhilarating experience, a blend of adrenaline and awe as you soar above the city. Each moment is filled with the freedom of flight, a sense of weightlessness that’s both thrilling and liberating. You feel like a bird, effortlessly riding the currents of air.  

The city unfolds beneath you, revealing its vibrant colours and bustling streets. It’s a perspective that few ever get to experience, a chance to see Rio from a whole new angle. So spread your wings, embrace the adventure, and let the wind carry you on this unforgettable journey through the skies of Rio. Feel the rush of excitement as you soar higher and higher, leaving all your worries behind. It’s a feeling like no other, one that will stay with you long after your feet touch solid ground again. 

Flying Backwards 

Fubar, the maestro of the skies, decides it’s also time for a grin at the camera behind us. So, with a click and a wink, he unhooks the harness that’s been our front-facing friend. And suddenly, we’re swiveling like an office chair in zero gravity, our feet pointing forward, flying in reverse.  

It’s a whole new level of “wrong” – like reading a book back to front or wearing socks on your hands. But hey, when you’re up in the air with Fubar, expect the unexpected, even if it means greeting the sky with a backward hello. 

Taking the Wheel 

Then back in the right position Fubar lets me take control of the “steering wheel”. It’s actually quite easy. Want to turn? Just give the bar a nudge like you’re elbowing your way to the snack table at a party. Left, right – the glider swoops gracefully from side to side. 

Feeling like a yo-yo? Push the bar forward, and you go up catching those invisible elevator rides called thermals. Pull it towards you, and you’re coming down, hopefully in a place where you can brag about your landing. 

Watch the video of the flight here:

Where the ‘grace of a swan’ meets ‘I hope I don’t hit a tree’ 

Brace for Touchdown 

As your thrilling flight comes to an end, prepare for a gentle touchdown on the sandy shores below. Your pilot, with all their expertise, guides you back to earth smoothly, ensuring a memorable landing. It’s like returning from a thrilling adventure in the sky. You still feel the excitement of the flight as you get ready to touch down. But there’s also a hint of anticipation wondering how smooth it’ll be – will it be as graceful as a swan on a lake, or will there be a few bumps?

Thankfully, your skilled pilot has everything under control. They steer the glider with precision, guaranteeing a smooth descent to solid ground. And as you touch down softly on the sand, a grin spreads across your face, knowing you’ve just experienced something truly incredible. 

An Unforgettable Experience 

In a nutshell, hang gliding in Rio is an experience you’ll never forget. From the heart-pounding take-off to the peaceful glide through the sky, it’s all about excitement and awe. If you fancy some adventure in Rio, hang-gliding is the way to go – trust me, you won’t regret it. 

So, what’s holding you back? Get your hang-gliding adventure booked today and get ready to soar above Rio’s magnificent cityscape. And don’t miss the chance to watch the video of our amazing hang-gliding trip on The Radio Vagabond’s website. Until next time, keep exploring and enjoying the thrill of adventure. 

Remember my new “Vagabond Shorts” 

Before we wrap up, a quick reminder for all you travel enthusiasts out there: I’ve rolled out a fresh series on The Radio Vagabond, known as “Vagabond Shorts.” These are compact, 10-minute episodes packed with quick, handy travel tips and ideas, perfect for planning your next getaway. They’re short, sweet, and just what you need for a little weekend travel inspiration. 

This weekend I gave you an episode with the Top 7 things you must see here in Rio 

Make sure you’re following The Radio Vagabond on your favourite podcast app or on YouTube to catch these Shorts, especially since many come with vibrant pictures and engaging videos to enhance your experience. So, stay tuned for these bite-sized travel treasures, dropping every weekend. Trust me, you won’t want to miss them. 

Happy flying. My name is Palle Bo, and I gotta keep moving. See you. 


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