Romantic Hot Air Balloon Ride in Patagonia

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You can try an adventurous and beautiful activity during the villa holidays. Other than being a thrilling day for the whole family, this will offer you an opportunity to enjoy some beautiful sights from the vantage points. The truth is that it can be a great way of starting your trip and staying in luxurious villas. This will also give you an opportunity to see the layout of the city and even plan some sights once you have touched down safely.

Special flights for those interested in a different kind of adventure in Patagonia

Pampa Linda in Bariloche, the Perito Moreno Glacier or a crossing of The Andes are some of the available non-regular options.

These flights are tailored to the participants and must be understood as expeditions more than a normal flight. In the hostile climate of Patagonia a flight from Pampa Linda,
for example, in the heart of the lower Andes, might require a wait of days until the conditions are suitable for take off. You can’t just go to Fly.com & book a flight like it’s an airliner.

You have to ensure that the winds are just right for one of these adventures. The price of these expeditions start at U$S 2.000.- per person.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Over the Atacama Desert

Cinzia Mucciante – South America Travel Centre

On my first morning in the Atacama Desert I was overcome with excitement and anticipation as we drove through darkness to the launch site of our hot air balloon ride. We left San Pedro de Atacama, a small oasis in the middle of the Atacama Desert, situated at 2400m above sea level, well before dawn, rugged up and ready for adventure.

Whist enjoying a fresh cup of coffee I watched eagerly as the pilots transformed the flat lifeless canvas on the ground into a lively hot air balloon pulling at the ropes wanting to be set free into the pre-dawn sky.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Atacama Desert

Once the pilot was ready and had completed the safety briefing, our group of 12 clambered into the basket under the roaring flames. We were high in the clear sky as the sun crept over the horizon casting sensational colours over the stark moonscape and unique desert formations below. Seeing the desert from a birds-eye view really showed the vast landscape in all its beauty. We sailed over Moon Valley admiring the pink sand, salt-rich Mountains and rugged cliffs. In the distance I caught a glimpse of Salar de Atacama, one of the world’s largest salt flats and towering volcanos beyond.

Balloon Ride over the Atacama Desert

After an hour of awe-inspiring scenery our flight came to an end. Our landing was a little bumpy but our pilot was incredibly professional and ensured we were safe at all times. To complete our morning we were spoiled with a champagne breakfast in the middle of the desert whilst the sun’s rays lit up the desert in hues of orange, red and blue. This flight was honestly the highlight of my trip to Atacama and I would recommend it to anyone who visits. If you would like to know more about what excursions are available in the Atacama Desert see our list of 6 must-do excursions in this fascinating place.

Hot Air Balloon Ride Atacama Desert, Chile