8. From Sevilla: Hot Air Balloon Ride in Huelva
What we propose in this experience is not just to fly, but to float, to be carried away by the wind, to navigate in a transparent fluid, where the background is our world: Foliage , farms, landscapes of colors, mountains that sink gently, as we we rise peacefully when the wind moves us. A good opportunity to take photos or video.
Description of the activity:
First, it is filled with cold air by means of a fan, once it is full, it heats up to take the vertical position. The pilot will be happy that his passengers enjoy participating in the assembly of the balloon and will explain a few directions that must be followed during the flight. The important thing is to live the sensation. This operation takes approximately half an hour.
Once the passengers are into the balloon's basket, we will ascend to 1,500 feet, then will slowly descend. Everything depends on the wind and its direction. The balloon goes where the wind decides and that that is its main charm, being inserted into its current and moving like a cloud of colors.
We will have the weather information in advance and this allows us to know the direction of the wind, allowing us to play with different altitudes. We can choose between the different "rivers of air", and change course to our whim, within an angle of possibilities. The art of navigating is to sense those "invisible routes". When the heat increases or the breeze exceeds ten knots (18km / h), it is time to choose an appropriate field to land, without obstacles and with a path where the rescue team can reach us eith the Land Rovers . In the surroundings of the Doñana Natural Park, we fly over the treetops (elms, oaks, pines and olive groves), the passengers, usually, pluck leaves or fruits from the trees when we float over them. This is done so that you have a feeling of mobility. It's a feeling like going on a sailboat, but floating in the air. We will fly over the natural environment of Doñana and if the wind allows it The Green Corridor of Guadiamar: First Protected Landscape of Andalusia.
Once in the air, we will follow the direction of the wind, so we know where we take off but not where we land. This is part of the adventure! We are in contact by radio with the rescue team to indicate which will be the landing site.
What is surprising is the lack of friction with the wind, it gives us the sensation of standing. When looking outside, we do not seem to go up, but the ground sinks gently. "Nature takes the trouble to parade under our platform so that we can contemplate it" (Professor Ferguson in "Cinco semanas en Globo"). The feeling of vertigo does not exist when there is nothing that binds us to the ground.
The landing is gentle, the balloon approaches slowly