ALBUQUERQUE BALLOON FIESTA
October 8-12, 2020
Day 1: Today we begin an adventure that will lift our spirits as we make our way to the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. Enjoy our drive as we make our way through Western Kansas, Oklahoma, and into New Mexico. Albuquerque is home for 3 nights. We tuck ourselves in early since we need to be UP, UP, & AWAY bright and EARLY to see the balloon launch in the morning.
Day 2: It’s an early morning as we head to the fiesta for our first morning ascension. Watch hundreds of colorful hot air balloons rise into the crisp morning air! The excitement of this fiesta is enhanced by the red-burning flames and the “whoosh” of the jets as we watch tier after tier of these huge balloons rise slowly and gracefully into the sky. You can walk out on the launch field and get a close-up experience. After the balloons are up, we depart Albuquerque and make our way to Santa Fe. It’s an artist’s dream spot and also serves as the State Capital. Here our step-on guide shows us Santa Fe and we visit Loretta Chapel to hear the incredible story about the staircase. Tonight we return to the fiesta for the glodeo! Only special shapes are on display this evening. The inflated balloons are given gas every now and then for a spectacular glowing effect. (B)
Day 3: This morning we visit the Acoma Indian Pueblo for a guided tour. These peace-loving people created an urban life in harmony with the environment and with each other. They offer visitors a glimpse of the proud heritage which they have kept alive for more than a thousand years. Next, stroll the Plaza of Old Town Albuquerque, dine at one of the many restaurants, and shop in the stores and galleries for unique gifts. Or simply relax on the patios or walk the winding brick paths of this special old town square. This afternoon we enjoy the sights of Albuquerque during our city tour. This evening we head back to the fiesta to enjoy the Night Magic Glow and the many vendors within the park. (B)
Day 4: This morning we go to the balloon site for the fourth and final event of our tour. Again, it’s a mass array of color and shapes, of “whooshes” of the jets as the balloons rise into the sky. After the balloons are up, we make our way to the Sandia Peak Tramway. Rising from the hustle and bustle of Albuquerque, we ascend one of America’s most stunning urban peaks. See the incredible view from the top as we look down into the valley and the town of Albuquerque. Lunch is included today before making our way east. We stop at the Blue Hole to learn about this amazing geological formation. Then it’s on to Tucumcari for our last night. (B, L)
Day 5: Leaving New Mexico, enjoy sharing the memories of all we experienced in the Southwest, both the culture and history of the area and the hot air balloons that sent our hearts soaring! (B)