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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta and Southwest History

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7 Days | 6 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. Minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding, and rewarding, programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Spend fascinating days with insiders at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world’s largest hot-air balloon festival, and learn its history, how a weather phenomenon called the “Albuquerque box” allows balloonists to start and finish at the same spot, see a mass ascension and marvel at hot-air balloons shaped like houses, cars, cacti, bottles and critters thousands of feet in the sky. Delve into the history of the Acoma people and their pueblo — “Sky City” — that is still home to approximately 30 families, and experience authentic New Mexico wine and cuisine.


• Venture into Acoma Pueblo as a tribal representative tells of its tragic Colonial history and modern significance as a primary Pueblo pottery center.
• Witness the balloon fiesta’s Mass Ascension.
• Sample the wines of New Mexico and learn about New Mexico's cuisine.

Program Notes

Program limited to 100 participants, but the group will be divided into smaller groups for most activities. Please indicate your travelling companions on your Participant Information Form as far in advance as possible.

Activity Notes

Elevation 5,300 feet. Walking up to one mile daily over uneven or paved surfaces in the dark to access Balloon Park; climb a flight of stairs.

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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
8 Field trips


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