Tour Monkey invites you to a must-see Bucket List experience – the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! The Balloon Fiesta is the largest ballooning event in the world, the most photographed event in the world, and the largest annual international event held in the United States. We visit the fiesta grounds twice! Nearly 600 balloons are estimated to participate in the event that covers an area the size of 54 football fields. One-hundred of the balloons are special-shaped, like Darth Vader! Walk the field, interact with the pilots and zebras (field directors), watch the crews fire up the balloons, and witness their glow against the pre-dawn sky. The morning mass ascension is something to behold, y’all. Later in the day, we return for the evening glow and fireworks. A visit to the Land of Enchantment would not be complete without a visit to Old Town Albuquerque, the Anderson-Abruzzo Balloon Museum, and the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center – a site owned by 19 Indian pueblos of New Mexico.
On our way to Santa Fe – the capital of New Mexico – we stop at the impressive Bandelier National monument for a self-guided tour of ancient pueblos dating between 1150 and 1600 AD. We settle in for a 2-night stay in the heart of historic Santa Fe, the hub of culturally significant architecture, creative arts, museums, and shops. After a morning orientation trolley tour, the day is yours to explore. We convene in the evening for a farewell get-together at the acclaimed Santa Fe School of Cooking!
This festive getaway is limited to 20 travelers! The activity level is moderate.
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