There is no denying the beauty of a hot air balloon floating in front of the most stunning of backdrops. With that said, there is actually an annual festival that thousands of people attend in order to marvel at these inflatable balls of beauty.
New Mexico sets the stage for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Having run since 1972, this unique festival attracts many people from around the country and beyond to feast eyes upon the biggest hot air balloon event in the world.
While the landscapes of New Mexico are breathtaking all year round, the hundreds of hot air balloons only add to the Land of Enchantment’s sheer natural beauty. With a variety of bright colors taking over the New Mexico skyline, the choice of balloons has become more creative with each year.
These days, you can expect to find balloons designed like iconic characters such as flying pigs, Darth Vader, and The Incredible Hulk. As each year progresses, designers of these air balloons find new and exciting ways to make the next year’s event even more memorable than the previous one.
During this majestic fiesta, there are events happening both at day and night. When the sun sets, balloon pilots turn on their burners at the same time, creating a dazzling effect, illuminating the New Mexican sierra.
Visitors actually have the opportunity to take part in setting up the air balloons. With the event steadily increasing in the visitor numbers over the years, the most recent event welcomed a staggering 800,000 people.
While many are happy to enjoy the main events at the fiesta, individuals and groups alike are able to book private balloon tours, providing an exhilarating floating experience across the New Mexico landscape.
You can find more information about the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta online, both on the official fiesta website as well as on New Mexico’s official tourism site. The event also has Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages.