This is proper urban flying. Lima is a sprawling city hemmed in by hills and choking on its own polluted streets. It breathes where it meets the Pacific Ocean in the upscale suburb of Miraflores. Take-off is in a pleasant, grassy city park on top of a cliff. In front and below you runs a busy highway and then the sea – this is no place for a top to bottom. Launch, turn and you’re in the lift band. Soar the cliffs and then, with a bit of work, the majestic glass-fronted Marriott Hotel. Wave at your reflection in the dark glass as you top out escalator-style above it. The real show though is the city of Lima behind. A tangle of city streets, traffic and high-rise buildings spread out for miles. It really is a unique situation. The scene is tandem-first, but make friends and show your credentials and you will be allowed to fly.
Originally published in the 2017 Travel Guide, as part of an article called City Slickers. You can find the other urban getaways in the series, here.
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