Have you ever been on an adventure with a paramotor tandem flight before? Have you ever done it in Puerto Rico? If your answer to both of these questions is no, you have some catching up to do! Not to worry though, you have come to the right place. This article will help you discover the delight of paramotor tandem flights in none other than the treasure trove that is Puerto Rico.
So, to give a little context, let us have a look at the ins and outs of paramotor tandem flights. It uses a paraglider to glide and has a small engine to propel itself through the air. It is attached to a light trike so it takes off on wheels. Engaging in this activity gives you the opportunity to enjoy the most special of places and take in the most amazing views in a fun new way.
Although, the location you get to try this activity is dependent on the weather, some great places you can participate at are: Las Cascadas Water Park in Aguadilla, Ranch Corozal Park and Restaurant in Corozal, La Parguera Bioluminescent Bay in Lajas, Punta Maracayo Resort in Hatillo, Villa Campestre in Guaynabo Ola Marina and Isla Chiquitines Waterpark in Salinas, and many more.
The History and Characteristics of Paramotor Tandem Flights
Going back in time a little, let us have a look at the history of paramotor tandem flying and see how all this came about.
On the 8th of June 1980, Mike Byrne strapped his homemade engine and propeller to his back attached a Harley 9 cell Parachute and proceed to fly from a slight hill in Essex, London. He managed a flight of four and a half minutes. On landing, he called his invention a Paramotor. It was later popularized in France around 1986 when La Mouette began adapting power to the then-new paraglider wings.
Ever wondered how high they can fly? In the United States, of which Puerto Rico is a part, paramotors are allowed to fly up to 18,000 feet due to airspace restrictions.
To elaborate on what a paramotor really is; a paramotor is a backpack-style propeller engine attached to a harness and a glider (or wing). It is similar to paragliding or parasailing, but it is self-propelled. It can go into the wind or go with the wind, allowing you to go up and down the coastline giving you the best views. The pilot steers and moves around the sky by working the ropes on the wing and the accelerator on the engine.
Some safety measures to take note of when embarking on this adventure are: there is usually a 200-pound weight limit and an age limit of at least 14 years- provided there is a parent present. Make sure you have an accurate idea of your weight as the pilot will need it to adjust the wing for the safest flight. Make sure you use appropriate equipment such as a variometer and a GPS so you can be informed about altitude changes and whether or not you are drifting off-track. Thoroughly check your paragliding equipment before every flight. Check the weather conditions before flying.
How to book a paramotor tandem flight in Puerto Rico
If you are buying new gear, you can expect to spend $8,000-12,000 for your paramotor and wing. Used gear can be found cheaper, but requires careful shopping to ensure it is reliable and safe. Training ranges from $1,500-3,500 depending on the quality of instruction and is a worthwhile investment.
You can book to enjoy this experience with Team Kamikaze. They are a popular and reputable paramotor schools in the Unites States of America. They are the only certified school in Puerto Rico. You can register online or through a tour operator. You can contact Luis Ruiz, a certified instructor, via text or call 787-717-2384, or email [email protected]. Always make sure you book with a certified school and go through their safety measures thoroughly before confirming your reservation.
Flights are typically on the weekend, though they may be able to coordinate weekday flights. Flights are normally between 8am to 11:30am, depending on the wind. Flights are dependent on the weather.
It is advised you make a reservation and avoid impromptu visits as they tend to get quite busy.
You will be required to sign a liability waiver as this is a high risk sport and make sure you inform them about any health issues you have to avoid any unfortunate accidents.
The maximum height you may reach is 400 feet, and you can expect lots of turning and banking that take a little getting used to.
Things to do and see during a paramotor tandem flight in Puerto Rico
You may take your flight at the beach near Pocita de la Princesa which is at the end of the road past the Villa Pesquera beach. Alternatively, you may use other beaches in Hatillo or Barceloneta. Make sure you confirm the beach you will be using while you make your reservation. This will give you the best bird’s eye view of all these gorgeous sites. You may even be able to overlook forests such as El Yunque all from above.
To make the most of the trip, make sure you wear comfortable clothing and closed toe shoes. Come along with your picture or video taking device as you will surely want to capture this breath-taking moment. Most importantly, remember to have fun! You will be sky high, feeling like you are above the earth without a worry in the world (for a little while at least), make sure you savour the moment.
Other adventure activities in Puerto Rico to try
There are a number of adventure activities waiting for you to try in Puerto Rico. You can enjoy an adventure in the excursions of San Juan, visit the El Yunque National Forest, visit any one of the bio bays in either Vieques, Lajas, or Fajardo, go on a ziplining tour, explore the ecosystems of Camuy, or even go snorkelling in Puerto Rico’s clear waters.
Come and enjoy the thrill of paramotor tandem flights under the warm embrace of Puerto Rico’s blue skies. Embark on this once in a lifetime opportunity and discover the beauty of the country whilst you are at it.