Flying in Ecuador

 

 

Ecuador. In contrast to the thousand valleys of the alps or the andes of Peru, the geografy of the ecuadorian andes is for the most part quite simple: A plateau of 2300-3000 m which is interrupted in regular intervals by volcanic cones. For this reason Alexander von Humboldt baptized the old Inka road that crossed Ecuador from the North to the South "street of volcanoes" a name that sticks until today. A first impression may be gained by the topographical map (siehe auch Wikipedia list of volcanos of Ecuador). Due to this singular environment flying in the high andes of Ecuador is nowhere an easy project, since strong winds traverse the vast open plateau. The high volcanos are not always the best flying spots. At altitudes around 4000 m you can almost always count on a southeastern wind of 40 km/h or more and it is never unclouded. In the mountains even outside of the rainy season (dec.-apr) often precipitation, since each volcano generates its own weather. Nevertheless the attraction of volcano flights is naturally the exotic beauty of these mountains and the unusual panoramic view in all directions.

Of the lower, shielded regions which likewise can be very rewarding. Besides Puengasi in Quito the perhaps best known flying spot is the region around Ibarra, in the north of Ecuador. Furthermore there are many flight possibilities at the coast, like Camarones, Crucita and Canoa, where you can soar for hours with all kinds of strange seabirds.

As a pleasant consequence of the singular geografy, most mountains can be accessed quite easily, in contrast to many valleys of Peru.

Helpful emails:
Jorge Mora Araña, Pilot und Guide in Quito/Guayaquil georgedepor@yahoo.es, web:Parapente Guayaquil
Enrique Castro, escuela Pichincha in Quito:   parapent@uio.satnet.net
Henry Leduc, Aero Pasión in Quito henri@aeropasion.net, web:Aero Pasión.
Jorge Duque, flyecuador in Ibarra jorge@flyecuador.com.ec, web:flyecuador, Tel: (+59) 032 695 12 9 .

 


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