No feathers, no wings, feet firmly planted on the ground, and yet an irrepressible desire to explore the sky! Skydiving being a little more terrifying, paragliding seems to be a good option for those who wish to fly like a bird! and who are getting ready to make their first jump. However, in spite of this desire which might regularly come to mind, rare are those who actually do it, maybe because they don't have the time or the opportunity. Why not, then, take advantage of your holidays in Ariège to finally give in to the temptation? The site and its landscape promise aerial views of beautiful and varying scenery which will not fail to add to the already intense sensations of an initial jump. In order to make this experience as pleasant as possible, the Gypaètes Paragliding School proposes two sites in the Pyrenees, Prat d'Albis and Port de l'Hers, to make your tandem jump. An instructor is with you for this and for about twenty minutes guides you through an airspace with the earth below you changing in altitude from 500 to 1,200m (to increase the thrill at the same time as the altitude!). With your feet barely back on the ground, the initial fears of the first jump melt away and leave you with the sole wish of revisiting the skies, but this time being in control of the apparatus! It is time, then, to try a two-seater. Still accompanied by an instructor, this time it is you who takes the controls as you follow his directions and advice, learning the basic notions of air flow, topography and weather, during about 45 minutes of flight time. Gypaètes Paragliding School BP 05 ? 09000 Foix Tel: +33 (0)6 78 55 39 26. Prices: Tandem flight: £50. Two-seater flight: £100. Day of discovery (learning how to manoeuvre the parachute in the morning and a tandem jump in the afternoon): £75.