Organisers bill the Iquique Open as “the most extreme and driest competition in Chile”. Pilots launch on a hill facing the breeze from the Pacific Ocean, then have the Atacama desert as a huge playground to the east.
Airspace restrictions to the south will be relaxed during the event, to allow a corridor of flight in what is usually the no-go around Diego Aracena airport.
Organisers claim flying is possible 360 days a year, and for up to 10 hours a day in October and November. Expect 2-6m/s thermals and winds of 8-25km/h.
Fly with condors in the strong thermals of the Chilean Andes at the Chilean Open 2019, which is also a pre-PWC event.
Base is the flying site of Vizcachas, Santiago. Sign up for “exciting and challenging paragliding”, 8m/s thermals, 100+km flights and memories to last a lifetime!
The dates to note for this year’s Super Paragliding Testival are 11 – 14 June 2020.
Pilots are invited to put the dates in the diary then come along and test wings and harnesses (solo only – no tandem flights allowed at the event).
The ski lift that goes to launch is within easy walk of the landing field where the manufacturers’ stands will be set up. It’s also home to the famous Fliegerbar that will be serving cold beer and weisswurst (white sausage). Choose what you want to demo, head up the lift then fly from the north-facing mountain slope, known for its gentle thermals.