The first hot air balloons enthusiasts came to Chile in the 90′s. There were at least 9 of them who got a pilot’s license. This much I know because I have the 10th Chilean license.
Harsh regulations bureaucracy, an incipient tourism industry and other issues made the first attempts fail and Chilean landscapes balloonless…
Rise Expeditions was born on February 2011 in Temecula, California, training, crewing and flying for D&D Ballooning and Dominic Chemello, one of the eldest and most respected balloon pilots in California and the United States.
With a FAA Commercial Pilot License and a Firefly Balloon I came back to Chile and started flying between Santiago and Valparaiso in a little valley called Maria Pinto, and Peralillo in Chile’s most famous Wine Country and traditional Colchagua Valley (just 2 1/2 hour drive from Santiago and close to Pichilemu, Chile’s famous surfing spot).
It has been a long year and today there are at least 4 balloon enthusiasts in Chile. We like to give our skies the gift of color and to our passengers, the chance to see this country from a different point of view, one that’s a little slower, higher and much more romantic.
If you like what we are doing and want to know a little more about Ballooning in Chile just contact us, and be ready to Rise with the Sun.
The Heu’Tour team