For real excitement in Puerto Rico, you can try air tours and activities. Hang gliding is a truly exhilarating experience, because there’s no rope to which you’ll be attached unlike in ziplining. Here, you really float on the air. This is how birds must feel, with the ground far below and the wind in your hair.
Team Spirit Tandem Discovery Tour
There’s no such thing, really, as a list of the best hang gliding tours in Puerto Rico. Essentially, there’s just one: the Tandem Discovery Flight with Team Spirit Hang Gliding & Paragliding. It is literally the only way to truly fly in Puerto Rico. If you don’t believe us, good luck Googling for another outfit in Puerto Rico that will take you to the air on a hang glider.
But why look for another outfit, when Team Spirit will already be able to give you the nirvana of flying? You’ll be flying tandem with an experienced hang glider, and essentially you’ll be a passenger. That’s means you don’t have to worry about the mechanics of the flight. You’re just there to enjoy the ride.
First you’ll be briefed on what you can expect and on what you have to do. Once that’s done, you’re suited up and you practice running in tandem with the pilot. You also get used to being on a glider. After all that training and practice, you are issued a temporary “student” permit from the US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association (USHPA).
And then you really get to fly, and there are no words to describe the feeling. The pilot circles around looking for thermals so that you can climb higher. There are plenty of red-tailed hawks around, and they can help locate the thermals. You can rise up to 2500 above sea level, the view is absolutely fantastic, and the flight can last anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. Every flight will be different from the one before.
Learning to Hang Glide
Team Spirit also teaches hang gliding too. You just need to go to the Team Spirit home base at Punta Santiago. The hang gliding training you take will be official. Pass these lessons, and you can get a license.
If you are already an experienced hang glider in the US, you’ll have to join the local USHPA (United States Hang-Gliding & Paragliding Association) before you can fly in Puerto Rico. There is only one club, and that’s Vuelo Libre Puerto Rico in Punta Santiago. You’ll be charged a fee, and you need to prove that you’re a member of good standing with the USHPA.
Once you’re in, you can choose among seven flying sites. If you like to fly over green forests, then your choices are Peñuelas, Cubuy (Canovanas), Gurabo and Morovis which are all located inland. If you wish to soar over cliffs and coasts, then you’d best head on out to Arecibo, Isabela and Guayama. Wherever you go, visit the site with a local gang glider first so that you can find out about the flying specs of the site you’ve chosen.