Paragliding Tierra Negra, Merida, with Piojo

By: Geraldorivera

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Uploaded on October 28, 2008 by Geraldorivera Powered by YouTube

Tandem paragliding high in the Venezuelan Andes in Merida with trained paraglider instructor and expert mountaineer Jose Albarran (aka Piojo) of Fanny Tours and Adventures.

It's a pretty exciting feeling flying over the Chama River valley from the jump off point at Tierra Negra down to Las Gonzalez.

I have to admit, I had a few white knuckle moments during the turns, but Jose was great and made it all seem easy.

That said, after 45 minutes in the air all I wanted was a drink of something strong.

No worries. Jose's friend in Las Gonzalez makes his own chuchuguaza - the strongest cane-alcohol home brew I've ever tried.

I could have done with some chuchuguaza before I put on the harness and jumped off the side of the mountain.

Tierra Negra is at 1,500 metres above sea level and it's a 900-metre descent to the valley floor.

But a few shots of jungle juice certainly hit the spot when I got down again.

Eat your heart out Jack Osbourne.

Unforgettable.

Thanks Jose.

http://www.fanny-tours.com

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Adrenaline, Adventure, Albarran, Chuchuguaza, Fanny, Gonzalez, Jose, Junky, Las, Merida, Negra, Paragliding, Tierra, Tours, Sports, Travel & Outdoors
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