Tips if you are going to do Ballooning in Toledo
The balloon rides in Toledo are a way to obtain an incredible perspective from the air of this city declared UNESCO World Heritage. Whilst boarding the balloon, we will contemplate one perfect panoramic that includes the main and emblematic architectural buildings. Toledo’s Alcázar, churches like San Ildefonso and museums like the iconic El Greco, all this and more will be under our feet!
The system of a hot-air balloon ride is completely connected to the weather conditions. That’s why we used the La Peraleda Fairground, in Ronda de Buenavista, as the place to take-off, the exact location is chosen basing us the wind currents that will take us to the city capital. This circumstance, that is literally out of our hands, makes each flight unique and different.
Here, we leave you a video of a balloon ride through Toledo, so you can watch how fun it is to fly with us:
We make a date with the passengers to meet very early in the morning. The election of this moment will also depend on weather circumstances since the best ones during these hours. During the Winter months, we meet at 8 AM whilst during Summer, is earlier, at 7:30 AM. Th this, you add other advantages like the opportunity to sightsee the sunrise.
The balloon’s preparation procedure is done with the group of passengers, in the take-ogg area, to include everyone and be able to participate in the inflation. It is more interesting if you seize this moment, that one when the balloon is getting bigger and bigger, to take your first pictures.
The capacity of the basket changes and adapts to the number of participants, using the smallest for couples and the biggest for groups with 8 passengers. Once you reserve a flight, check closely is you are looking for a private flight for groups, always with a pilot of course, or want a shared trip, and just filling several spaces.
Already in the skies, the authorized maximum height for the flights in Toledo is, generally, 450 meters. On board, we will notice very smooth sensations since e will fly in during calm days, without strong wind currents nor rain. Although, you need to wear a jacket and sneakers, no high heels, due to the type of basket. The duration of the flight is 1 hour, approximately, until arriving at the landing area, which is different from the one we take-off. The companies have internal transportation to transport and return to the place we met at first, and where you left your vehicles if you arrived with your own means.
When the pilot determines that the landing is safe, the balloon will start descending until touching firm terrain. The aerial baptism, for those who have never experienced this before, without leaving outside the ones who would like to repeat, includes breakfast and a toast with a champagne bottle. Then, the staff will hand out to all the participants' flight diplomas that accredit the experience.
The balloon is an adequate vehicle for adults and kids. If you are thinking about the minimal age, that the children will enjoy if they have the height to be able to peep from the basket. Normally, the age is 6. The kid’s voucher prices are aimed to, usually, for kids who are younger than 12.
The flight zones are located, obviously over the city of Toledo, on several main neighbors of the region:
- Flights over the capital of Toledo: Departing from the Recinto de la Peraleda or meeting with the pilot in Puerta Bisagra. We will sightsee the Alcázar, a cultural interest, and we will pass over the Santa María Cathedral with its Gothic façade.
- Flight over the Ocaña municipality: An interesting experience that starts in the famous airdrome where you will receive a briefing of this type of transportation whilst observing the characteristics of the flight with more influence, near Madrid. The natural landscapes throughout the surroundings are observed.
Whilst flying, you will take pictures and HD videos, that will be later on your disposition, so you can enjoy again the adventure everytime you want.