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Alfredo Chaves


Alfredo Chaves is another excellent site. It is the most frequently used take-off in the state of Espirito Santo. It is easily accessible and this is very beneficial if you have a short flight and need to get back up quickly. That means you get more opportunity to fine-tune your thermalling technique and, hopefully, get away on an XC. As with the other sites we use, there are numerous safe landing areas. It also has great XC potential and flights can be made to the coast in the right conditions. With a vertical drop of 1,500' it is smaller than Valadares and Castelo but still bigger than many British sites.

The proximity of the coast, and some outstanding beaches, makes this a favourite location with non-flying partners.