Blatantly stolen description from Wikipedia The Danza de los Voladores (Dance of the Flyers), or Palo Volador (Pole Flying), is an ancient Mesoamerican ceremony/ritual still performed today, albeit in modified form, in isolated pockets in Mexico. It is believed to have originated with the Nahua, Huastec and Otomi peoples in central Mexico, and then spread throughout most of Mesoamerica. The ritual consists of dance and the climbing of a 30-meter (98 foot) pole from which four of the five participants then launch themselves tied with ropes to descend to the ground. The fifth remains on top of the pole, dancing and playing a flute and drum. I caught one of these performances yesterday, when showing around my town to family visiting from the US, a lots of jaws dropped and even more pictures were taken. Prep work: Voladores pt1 by Ztryfe, on Flickr Volador that stays up, climbs to the pole Voladores pt2 by Ztryfe, on Flickr And does this: DSC00876 by Ztryfe, on Flickr Moments later, this is the scene: DSC00910 by Ztryfe, on Flickr These are the expressions: Voladores pt4 by Ztryfe, on Flickr And this is the conclusion: Voladores pt5, landing! by Ztryfe, on Flickr I am super happy about the last pic! It came through quite good, super sharp, right on the moment and with (to me) perfect composition. All taken with my newly acquired SEL55210 and a NEX-5R. And yes, I had some Tequila Exposure Compensation going!