NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR PARAHAWKING IN SPAIN
- Algodonales, Spain
- October to May
- Available to:
- Anyone (Age and weight restrictions may apply)
Parahawking is paragliding and interacting with a trained bird of prey in it's own natural environment. By combining paragliding with the ancient art of falconry, we have successfully trained Vultures to fly with us and guide us through the sky as we fly. It was developed and pioneered in 2001 by award winning bird trainer Scott Mason as an enrichment exercise for non releasable rehabilitated raptors and to find new ways to promote global vulture conservation issues.
IN THE AIR
We fly with American Black Vultures and Harris Hawks. They will lead us to the best thermals, soar with us as we gain height then come and land on YOUR hand to take a food reward many times during the flight. We can take amazing pictures and movie of the flight from our on-board cameras for you to take away. A totally unique and unforgettable experience.
ON THE GROUND
On landing, our highly trained staff will educate you on Vulture Conservation and how flying with us has directly helped to save vultures from extinction. If Paragliding was on your bucket list then Parahawking will fulfil all your dreams, a truly unique once in a life time experience not to be missed.
Parahawking has been featured on the BBC, Nat Geo, Discovery Channel, ABC News and well as many other international networks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Our birds need to be rewarded for guiding us into the thermals. During the flight the passenger will place small morsels of meat onto his gloved hand, the birds will come and gently land on the hand to take the food, and then gracefully fly away to find the next thermal. A perfect symbiotic relationship.
Vultures are important in our society, they play a vital role in our ecosystem by cleaning up all of the dead animals that would otherwise be left to rot. Millions of tonnes of animal carcasses are disposed of each year across Asia, which if not cleaned up, would pose a real risk to human health. Asia's vultures are declining faster than the Dodo and could be extinct in the next 5-10 years, unfortunately not enough people know about the problem. Vultures are considered to be quite unsavory creatures because of this, these prehistoric looking birds are difficult to empathize with. We want to change that!
Parahawking provides a unique opportunity to see vultures in a different light, to understand about the importance of them in our society and to learn about their behavior in the wild. Parahawking is our mission to raise more public awareness to the plight of Asia's vultures and in doing so halt the decline and prevent their extinction.
We support vital Vulture conservation projects, proceeds from every Parahawking flight go to Vulture conservations projects.