After a fantastic time in Tenancingo Alex and I travelled to Valle de Bravo, we've been there many times and it's always good XC!
If you are looking to get from Tenancingo to Valle de Bravo, the easiest way is to take a collectivo from the corner outside Nipaqui Restaurante (there are taxi staff there to assign you) and have it drop you at the main bus station in Tenancingo. Inside go to the Zina bus counter and purchase a ticket to Valle. Busses are roughly every hour or so.
|The lake is extra low, you can see the exposed shoreline all around the lake. Makes for easier final glides!
It's been a few years since our last trip to Valle and the lake is quite low! So low, in fact, that hang gliders are landing on the now-exposed portions of the lake frontage on a regular basis, and no need to spot-land like in previous years.
Grabbing a taxi to launch is easy as well. Depending on where you are staying, you will want to grab one either at the Zocalo or in front of the Santa Maria church next to the LZ. If you are going solo, the taxi should not cost anymore than $200 pesos. If you are group of 2 or 3, it'll likely be more like $250 pesos. Occasionally a taxi will try to charge you $500...walk away from those ones!
|Looking back at Penon on an overdeveloping day. Photo by Alex Raymont.
Depending on the time of year and time of day, you may encounter someone manning the gate as you approach launch. They may be looking for your local club membership, visiting pilot paid-fee QR code, or simply want to record your name for their records. Each day was different! Note if you register as a visiting pilot via the local club, you may not receive a response for several weeks, so plan ahead.
To see the various local club launch access rates, you'll need to register at https://clubpenon.org/
|Enjoying an afternoon drink.
We stayed in Valle for just over a week. We did have a couple of days where it overdeveloped but it remained flyable every day. Typically drier conditions are by early-mid-December so if you want to get a reliable week of flying, and avoid the holiday travel season, go to Valle in early-mid-December!