Cu­ba from the Sky from the Tou­rist's Eye

ON THE LARGEST CA­RIB­BEAN IS­LAND, WINDTROTTE­RS BALLOONS, THE EX­CE­LEN­CIAS GROUP, ECOTUR AND THE CU­BA AVIA­TION CLUB OF­FER YOU THE OPPOR­TU­NITY TO EX­PE­RIEN­CE THE UN­FOR­GET­TA­BLE EX­PE­RIEN­CE OF FLYING OVER NA­TU­RAL PA­RA­DI­SES IN THE COM­PANY OF FRIENDS AND LO­VED

Excelencias Turísticas del caribe y las Américas - - A Cielo Abierto / Open Sky -

“Cu­ba from the sky from the tou­rist's eye. This sen­ten­ce is just about to ma­ke sen­se and will soon be a reality for mi­llions of tra­ve­lers who co­me to this is­land every year. Ho­we­ver, only a few will ha­ve the oppor­tu­nity to li­ve out this un­for­get­ta­ble ex­pe­rien­ce of overflying its na­tu­ral pa­ra­di­ses in the com­pany of friends and lo­ved ones be­cau­se daily slots are li­mi­ted.

The ad­ven­tu­re is gua­ran­teed, alt­hough al­ways un­der the um­bre­lla of se­cu­rity. The ap­proach for tou­rists is very sim­ple: they should just hand­pick the area they would life to ga­ze at from the air, get set to wa­ke up in the wee hours of the mor­ning and co­me with a ca­me­ra and SD cards to cap­tu­re photos and im­mor­ta­li­ze the ex­pe­rien­ce.

One of the flying areas they could choo­se is the ma­jes­tic Vi­ña­les Va­lley, just th­ree years ago ran­ked by New York Ti­mes as the tenth fi­nest tra­vel des­ti­na­tion from a list of just 50 at­trac­tions world­wi­de. Lo­ca­ted Pi­nar del Río, the lo­cal town awes vi­si­tors for its kind­hear­ted and fun-pac­ked in­ha­bi­tants, and for ha­ving fan­tas­tic si­tes to feast eyes on, such as the In­dian Ca­ve, the Va­lley of the Nigh­tin­ga­le, the Palenque of Ru­na­way Sla­ves, the Great Ca­vern of San­to To­más. In the same breath, its flo­ra and wild­li­fe are splen­did and tee­ming with ex­clu­si­ve fea­tu­res. But if you add to it the pri­vi­le­ge of being able to watch its plan­ta­tions of the world's best black to­bac­co and cro­plands

from the air, to­get­her with the ty­pi­cal thatch-roo­fed pea­sant hou­ses, the moun­tai­nous hills and the mo­go­tes, that look li­ke di­vi­ne whims of na­tu­re, as well as the co­lor­ful Mu­ral of Prehis­tory, then you can rest as­su­red that you wouldn't li­ke co­me back down to safe ground.

FLYING ROU­TI­NES

Early in the mor­ning, our guests co­me to the mee­ting point and with a cup of cof­fee in their hands, the Cap­tain wel­co­mes them as he spells out de­tails of how the who­le day­trip ex­pe­rien­ce will play out. A pre­flight brief will show them how to climb in and get off hot-air ba­lloon, what they would see and how to beha­ve up in the air. Then, all to­get­her reach the lif­toff area and the show be­gins.

At that ti­me, they will wit­ness how tho­se ma­jes­tic gad­gets be­gin to be lif­ted amid the noi­se of the fans which blow hot air in­to the sail, whi­le the po­wer­ful roa­ring flas­hing bur­ners start hea­ting up the air just to ma­ke it ligh­ter. Then co­mes the mo­ment no­body wants to miss: right the ba­lloon starts ri­sing up in the air. Ca­me­ras starts clic­king fre­ne­ti­cally and the bustling ex­ci­te­ment ac­crues.

Pas­sen­gers are then in­vi­ted to climb in­to the ba­lloon bas­ket and they are re­min­ded of the most ap­pro­pria­te po­si­tions and of the par­ti­cu­la­ri­ties of the de­vi­ce be­fo­re let­ting go of the tet­he­red ca­bles. Then, the air­craft starts ri­sing and the ground be­low looks sma­ller and sma­ller with each pas­sing mi­nu­te.

As tou­rists look over the ho­ri­zon, they will see the sun ri­sing from behind the to­we­ring mo­go­tes. So­me­ti­mes you get the fee­ling that you can touch them by just reach out your hand out of the bas­ket. La­ter on, after ha­ving rid­den the winds amid laugh­ter and so­me ner­vous­ness, the lan­ding pro­cess be­gins. It'll go so­me­ti­mes smoothly and ot­her ti­mes not so smooth, but it'll al­ways be fun to touch down.

On­ce on the ground, whi­le the support vehi­cles arri­ve to ta­ke tou­rist to their next to-do, we toast with the good friends we ha­ve just met and who pro­mi­se that we will su­rely meet again to sha­re a new ex­pe­rien­ce. That ex­pe­rien­ce will co­me by the hand of Windtrotte­rs Balloons, a com­pany of the Ex­ce­len­cias Group trai­ned to or­ga­ni­ze this fas­ci­na­ting ac­ti­vity on the largest Ca­rib­bean is­land, with the support of the ECOTUR Tra­vel Agency and the Cu­ba Avia­tion Club.

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