destinations to practice wind sports

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Sailing in Auckland, New Zealand

It’s no coincidence that the biggest city in New Zealand is known as the sailing capital of the world. There, sailing vessels are part of the landscape. At the many marinas, found all over the indented coastline, experienced sailors have fun and amateurs can learn to sail with professionals.

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Kitesurfing in São Miguel do Gostoso, Brazil

Northeast Brazil doesn’t attract tourists just for its beauty. It’s common to find people who practice wind sports in cities like Fortaleza and Jericoacoara, in the state of Ceará. In São Miguel do Gostoso, Rio Grande do Norte, kitesurfing – where you ride on a modified surfboard while holding on to a specially designed kite – is a very popular sport.

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Land sailing in San Juan, Argentina

The contraption is comprised of a wheeled vehicle and a sail. If the wind is strong enough, propulsion can make the vehicle reach speeds of almost 124 mph [200 km/h]. Pampa del Leoncito, some 56 miles [90 km] from San Juan, is the perfect setting: a 46-square-mile [120 km2] flat area with no obstacles for races.

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Paragliding in Iquique, Chile

Gliding through air currents is an attraction to the city in northern Chile. All you need is courage, since you’re accompanied by an instructor. After taking off from a high spot, flying over the Pacific Ocean will make you dumbfounded!

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Windsurfing in Sydney, Australia

The Australian metropolis is perfect for anyone who loves the sport, which combines handling a sail while balancing on a board. With winds that blow from the sea and the land, Botany Bay and Sydney Bay are ideal places to practice windsurfing.

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Hang gliding in Lima, Peru

There are many ways to fall in love with the Peruvian capital. Flying over it may be the most adventurous option. The cliffs on the Pacific coast are perfect takeoff points for paragliders and hang gliders, who fly near the ocean, far from the buildings.