As you might know, I was born and raised in Brazil. I didn’t spend much time skydiving there. Right after I started skydiving, I moved abroad. That’s why I know only a few dropzones in Brazil. To fix that, I asked on Facebook where are the best places to skydive in Brazil. So, next time I visit Brazil, I’ll travel around a lot to see with my own eyes if those skydiving places are that cool. If you want to add any dropzone to this list, just send me a comment, and we will add your favorite place to skydive too.
Boituva is “the skydiving town” in Brazil. The city is part of the state of São Paulo. It’s relatively easy to arrive in Brazil at Guarulhos’ international airport and drive to the drop zone in Boituva. If you get lucky and do not find a day with too much traffic, the drive will take about 1 and a half hours.
There you can find many skydiving schools. They work with tandems and skydiving courses, but you also can jump with friends. People comment that Boituva is the largest and most active skydiving center in the world. There are hundreds of people skydiving there every day.
“There are 20 plus skydiving schools, lots of great flyers, and many friendly Brazilians to jump with. The best place in the world.” Gabor Viczko
Lençóis Maranhenses, MA
By far the most incredible place to jump in Brazil, Lençóis Maranhenses is a national park located in Maranhão state in northeastern Brazil, just east of the Baía de São José. Protected on June 2, 1981, the 155,000 ha (380,000-acre) park includes 70 km (43 mi) of coastline and an interior composed of rolling sand dunes. During the rainy season, the valleys among the dunes fill with freshwater lagoons, preventing draining from the impermeable rock beneath. The park is home to a range of species, including four listed as endangered. It has become a popular destination for ecotourists.
The Boogie dos Lençóis happen once a year. People from all over the place want to jump there. The images I saw on Internet are amazing, and I’m dying to jump and see the fantastic views from above.
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
Rio de Janeiro doesn’t need an introduction. One of the most visited cities in the world allows us all to skydive, enjoying the sugar loaf view, nature, and that beautiful beaches (Barra, Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana). The best way to do it is by helicopter. It is available to tourists seeking some adrenaline and regular skydivers.
“No one organizes it, but it’s quite organized—landings on the beach and breathtaking views. That’s Rio, babe! Call to Rio2Fly and find out more.” Anonymous (lol)
Rio is known for its natural settings, Carnival, samba, bossa nova, and Balneario beaches such as Barra da Tijuca, Copacabana, Ipanema, and Leblon. In addition to the beaches, some of the most famous landmarks include the giant statue of Christ the Redeemer atop Corcovado mountain, named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World; Sugarloaf Mountain with its cable car; the Sambódromo (Sambadrome), a permanent grandstand-lined parade avenue which is used during Carnival; and Maracanã Stadium, one of the world’s largest football stadiums.
Rio2Fly Whatsapp: +55 21 973 693 322. (Manu)
Paraty or Parati (Brazilian Portuguese) is located on the Bay of Ilha Grande, dotted with many tropical islands. Rising as high as 1,300 meters behind the town are tropical forests, mountains, and waterfalls. It is the southernmost and westernmost city in Rio de Janeiro state. The temperature in Paraty ranges from 16 to 37 °C (61 to 99 °F). Its wettest month is February. However, sea breezes temper the heat, and afternoon rains are common in the summer.
Queda Livre Skydive Paraty is open for business between Wed. to Sunday and offers tandems and regular lift tickets to skydivers. Besides that, they all land on Jabaquara’s beach.
CGP – Centro Gaucho de Paraquedismo, RS
This is a skydiving center in southern Brazil. They are located nearby Porto Alegre, RS. Since last year they are operating with a Caravan that accommodates 15 skydivers. They offer tandem and AAF courses. All skydivers are welcomed to jump. Check them out at Centro Gaucho de Paraquedismo.
“This is a familiar DZ with a great plane to play.” Marcio Maiver
Novo Hamburgo is a municipality in the southernmost Brazilian state of Rio Grande, do Sul, located in the metropolitan area of Porto Alegre, the state capital. Consolidated by German immigrants, the city was named after Hamburg, Germany. Novo Hamburgo’s population is still predominantly of German descent.
In the 1980s, Novo Hamburgo received the nickname of “the national capital of shoes,” attracting many athletes, tracks, and companies connected to the sport.
Foz do Iguaçu, PR
Foz do Iguaçu (Iguazu River Mouth) is the Brazilian city on the border of Iguaçu Falls. According to research conducted by the Brazilian Tourist Institute, Foz do Iguaçu was the 2nd most visited leisure destination by foreign tourists after Rio de Janeiro.
There are two skydiving schools in Foz do Iguaçu, Skydive Foz and Skylife Paraquedismo. I was keen to visit this place since Greg Crozier and Karine Joly were in Brazil. However, due to the pandemic, I decided to let it for my next trip to Brazil.
The climate of Foz do Iguaçu is humid subtropical, with two distinctive seasons; one humid and hot in the summer and another, dry and cold, in the winter. The city’s annual average temperature is 23.8 °C (74.8 °F), but can be as high as 40 °C (104 °F) in the summer (highest) or as low as -5 °C (23 °F) in the winter (lowest). The average in the summer is 26.5 °C (79.7 °F)and in the winter 15.4 °C (59.6 °F).
The city’s climate is generally hot or warm throughout the year due to the relatively low altitude (standing only 173 m, 567 ft (173 m), above sea level). Generally, the city is sunny during the year, but rain is relatively common during the spring and summer.
Skydive Ubatuba in São Paulo is the house of many events. The guys I know are there all the time are the Free Flow team. Ubatuba is on the southeast coast of São Paulo. It’s part of the Metropolitan Region of Vale do Paraíba e Litoral Norte. Ubatuba has more than 100 beaches and an island, which creates one of the most incredible places to jump in Brazil.
May through September are the period of the year with less rain. However, those months are also part of the Brazilian winter. Lucky us, the temperature doesn’t drop that much, and it isn’t that cold up in the altitude.
Skydive Ubatuba – Ubatuba’s Airport. – Av. Guarani, 194 Itaguá
Praia do Forte, Bahia
Bahia Paraquedismo and Praia do Forte Skydive are located near Praia do Forte and Imbassaí. Praia do Forte is a small village 80 km away from the city of Salvador, Bahia – northeastern Brazil. The view of the Atlantic Ocean is what I would focus on more while skydiving in Praia do Forte. However, clear water, natural pools, white sand, rivers, and an extraordinary ecological reserve of native fauna and flora also are part of the things we can enjoy in this paradise.
BA-512, Mata de São João – BA
Whatsapp: +55 71 994 080 020
Morro de São Paulo, BA
If you are going to stay longer and want to drive away from Salvador. You can go skydive at Morro de São Paulo. St. Paul’s Hill (Morro de São Paulo) is one of 5 villages on the island of Tinharé in the municipality of Cairu, located in Bahia. The Morro de São Paulo’s main beaches are situated on the east side of the island, and the views are just amazing.
There are some famous events in Morro do São Paulo. I found events on Facebook, but it’s always taking a look on Google to make sure we have all the info we need.
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