Taking an Ultralight Flight at Sunset in Chiapas

The days, filled with adventure, spent in Tuxtla Gutierrex will always be special to me. And such another incredible journey deep into Mexico would not be complete without a memorable sunset. Fortunately for me, my time in Valle Bonito proved up for the task.

preparing for take off at the Club de Vuelo Valle Bonito outside the Sinkhole of Parrots in Chiapas, Mexico

Ready for Take Off

On a day that started with a descent down the seven hundred plus steps to the El Aguacero Waterfall biosphere reserve followed by a rappel down into the sink of parrots, we headed to Club de Vuelo “Valle Bonito” after lunch (let me remind you Mexican lunch is between 2-4pm). Then once fueled up we were all off to the next adventure – to take flight in an Ultraligero before the sunset.

Ultraligero essentially translates to Ultralight Aircraft in English. The machine part aircraft, part hang glider (my opinion) is essentially a two-seater single prop plane with a “hang glider top” for steering. At the Club de Vuelo “Valle Bonito” Captain Richie (Ricardo) took up one passenger at a time to view the beautiful valley views and sinkholes from above. Thankfully he speaks perfect English along with his native Spanish to provide a smooth, descriptive flight…although he does talk with his hands too – but don’t be nervous.

In flight in an Ultralight Aircraft over the Sink Hole of Parrots outside Tuxtla Gutierrez Chiapas, MexicoChiapas, Mexicoin flight with captain Richie of the Valle Bonito Club Vuelo in Chiapas Mexico


Richie recommends a flight earlier in the day to avoid the afternoon winds that may make flights unavailable, but we were fortunate enough to appreciate the views from above at sunset. The moment made for a perfect ending to another adventurous day in Tuxtla Gutierrez, Chiapas. Viva! Happy Sunset Sunday.

Sunset on the airfield at the Club de Vuelo Valle Bonito in Chiapas, Mexico

the sunset afterglow with the Ultraligero on the Valle Bonito airfield in Chiapas, Mexico

Stay Adventurous, Craig

Special thanks to Captain Richie for an insightful and memorable flight and also Tuxtla Tourism board for hosting me during my stay in Chiapas prior to attending ATMEX 2017.


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  • william b kaliher

    Oh man to see Chiapas by air—-I am totally envious– will mark this down to do on my next trip to Chuapas– thanks for the tip and info–bill kaliher

    • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

      Bill, it is was a wonderful experience… definitely take flight here to see these incredible sinkholes and landscapes… enjoy, Stay Returning to Chiapas, Craig

      • william b kaliher

        Craig I will sure try to repeat your experience in the next few months=this was a great tip for me–bill

      • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

        Great news…. definitely tell Captain Richie I said hello…. Stay flying in Chiapas, Craig

      • william b kaliher

        I will Craig–I’ve driven through Chuapas state many times since 1971– can u imagine being the only visitor at Chiapas when the tunnel and tomb was wide open? so I sure look forward to seeing a bit of the state from the air–

      • http://www.stayadventurous.com/ craig zabransky

        must have been amazing… i can’t believe how many people were in Tuxtla now… it is a major city. it has changed since 1971 sir…. stay changing, Craig

      • william b kaliher

        It surely has–

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