Open as of September, 2014, Club Vuelo Ventanilla offers visitors to Puerto Escondido the opportunity to see this beautiful part of the world like never before.
Equipped with the two seat ultra-light trike he shipped to Mexico all the way from Italia, Captain Roberto Canton literally helps aspiring aviators fly like a bird.
Even if you’re scared of heights flying with Roberto is an experience that simply can’t be missed.
It’s only when you’re flying above it that you realize how incredible the Earth really is.
Finding the Club
Club Vuelo Ventanilla’s runway is located in La Barra, alongside the western mouth of the Colotepec River. Coming from Puerto Escondido head east towards Agua Blanca and hang a right immediately before the Colotepec Bridge.
Continue straight and follow the signs which lead you to the hangar. You’ll know you’re getting close when you spot the organic basil plantation and the road is lined on both sides with the dark shade of gorgeous neem trees.
It’s OK to just show up but better to make a reservation. The club’s email is firstname.lastname@example.org and the number there is 954 124 8448.
If you’re staying with us at Gecko Rock we’ll make all the arrangements for you.
What to Expect When You Get There
Once you arrive you’ll be asked to fill out and sign a release waiver. Next up is deciding how long you want to fly for and where you’d like to go.
The standard flight is 10-12 minutes and costs 400 pesos. Longer journeys can be arranged for an extra 400 pesos per additional ten minutes.
For the average casual flying tourist the standard flight is perfect.
The two tour options are to (A) head down the coast past the Colotepec lagoon to spot crocodiles or (B) turn to the right and circle back over La Punta, Zicatela Beach and Puerto Escondido to watch the surfers catching waves on the Mexican Pipeline.
Both choices are stunning but personally we like the Zicatela flyover as it gives you a totally different perspective on Puerto Escondido.
There’ll be a motor behind your head, so if you’ve got long hair tie it back and fasten it tight. Roberto will provide ear protection for the sound of the engine.
Also, be sure to wear clothing that covers you properly as the wind will be quite strong and can pull on your top. Take off loose items such as flip flops and hats.
What’s the Flight Like?
Takeoff and landing are much smoother than you might think. Roberto gives you the thumbs up to check that you’re ready and literally before you know it you’re up.
Other than a bit of swaying back and forth you really feel like you’re gliding like a bird. A lot of our guests say it was one of the best things they’ve ever done.
It’s pretty windy up there so you’ll need to be careful if you try to take photos but if you bring a USB drive Roberto can record your flight with his GoPro and transfer the file over at the end of your trip. You can also attach your own GoPro to the bracket on the wing.
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UPDATE: Roberto is currently out of the country so flights are unavailable. We will update this page when he returns.