Loved it and would do it again!
Hang gliding was on our bucket list from the beginning. We both have never been.
We got a great deal from our Hostel ,the Vidigal House all for around $120USD. The runs are dependent on the weather. Luckily there had been some rain the day before which results in a nice breeze the following morning.
Our morning started out fairly early. The driver picked us up and we were off to the near by beach where the hang gliders would land. We waited for our turn to be bussed up the mountain. We got to rid in a jeep!
The top was a little cloudy. I was worried we wouldn’t be able to see anything.
First they secured the harness and did a few practice runs. Meaning, you would run along side them imitating the launch. The main this is to have your harness checked and stay close to your guide. I wore my glasses and they provided a safety tie (made out of electrical tape, it was worth it).
And we were off!
The clouds split, and we had an amazing view of the city as well as the ocean.
The hang time was about 10 minutes.
It’s a whole lot better than skydiving! They fly close to the ground with your feet dangling, then tip up the sail to catch the air in front resulting in a nice soft landing. I highly recommend doing this if you are in Rio! The gliders seems to be all connected so I can’t say one company is better then the other.
My main take away? Make sure you get the pictures and the video. I am so quick to pass because I like to save money, but then you look back and can appreciate the experience a little more.