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New Mexico

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe Art and Culture

See hot-air balloons decorate the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, learn about the history of the Pueblo Indians and discover Santa Fe.
Rating (5)
Program No. 15464RJ
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,599
Special Offer
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New Mexico

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe Art and Culture

See hot-air balloons decorate the sky at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, learn about the history of the Pueblo Indians and discover Santa Fe.
Length
7 days
Starts at
2,599
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Length
7 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
2,599
Special Offer
Click on Dates & Prices below to see special offer details.
Program No. 15464RJ

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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 2 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
2,599
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2023
Starting at
3,499
Special Offer

Enroll by March 31, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Please note, the program length has changed for 2023, to 6 days.

DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Oct 2 - Oct 8, 2022
Starting at
3,149
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2023
Starting at
4,389
Special Offer

Enroll by March 31, 2023 to take $200 off the price shown!

Itinerary Note

Please note, the program length has changed for 2023, to 6 days.

At a Glance

Turn your eyes skyward to New Mexico’s multi-colored tapestry of hot-air balloons at the region’s world-renowned Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta. Trace Native American life back hundreds of years and learn how Puebloans have managed to retain their lands and traditions for centuries. Enjoy a one of a kind experience learning about New Mexico and the world's premier ballooning event.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over varied terrain. Standing for up to three hours. Elevations of 5,300-7,000 feet. Must be able to climb into/out of the balloon basket (approximately 4 feet tall) for the balloon ride. Some days will include very early departure times for the mass accessions at Balloon Fiesta Park.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Experience Balloon Fiesta up close -- from viewing set up and inflation, to taking a breathtaking Balloon flight of your own.
  • Enjoy Santa Fe, experiencing its abundant culture and learn about the area's Native American and Spanish history.
  • Learn about the history and science behind hot air ballooning from a local pilot and expert.

General Notes

Max of 160 participants, divided into four groups of 40 for some activities. If you are travelling with someone with whom you would like to be grouped, please include their name(s) on your Personal Information & Preferences as far in advance as possible.
Featured Expert
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Christopher Gibson
Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years he has written several articles on Hispanic Arts and Culture for the magazines Tradición Revista and Imagen.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Christopher Gibson is an award-winning artist, writer and arts educator who makes his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His work includes the Cuentos del Camino series on lower Cerrillos Road in Santa Fe and mixed-media installations at numerous museums in New Mexico and California. Over the years he has written several articles on Hispanic Arts and Culture for the magazines Tradición Revista and Imagen.
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Don Boyer is a balloon pilot and currently an assistant chief flight instructor for the FAA-certified Airborne Heat Flight School. He took his first balloon flight in 1985 at the age of 32, later acquiring his own balloon system and private and commercial pilot certifications. In 1994, Don became a contract pilot for the renowned World Balloon Corporation in Albuquerque. He recently retired as the safety director for LRC Trucking, Inc., where he managed driver safety programs and federal and state DOT/OSHA compliance.
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Elena Junes View biography
Elena Ortiz-Junes is a native New Mexican and member of the Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. She has worked for many years as a study leader and group leader for numerous organizations and universities, providing a unique perspective on the region and its rich cultural tapestry. She is a writer and founding board member of Red Media, an indigenous owned and operated media project that highlights Native writers. Elena is also a board member of the University of New Mexico’s Alfonso Ortiz Center for Intercultural Studies.
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Vannetta Perry View biography
Dr. Vannetta Perry is a retired educator and lifelong resident of New Mexico who is deeply rooted in the southwest. Her family homesteaded and ranched in Southwestern New Mexico and farmed in West Texas. As an educator, Dr. Perry worked in the university setting, teaching biology and directing science outreach programs. Her love for travel was sparked when she led research studies in developing countries. Since retiring, Dr. Perry has continued to share her love of travel and education as a travel director and leader.
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Lynn Gibb grew up on the coast of Maine, and attended a small college in Illinois and the University of Arizona where she became involved in continuing education and Road Scholar programs. She worked with groups part time as a student; after graduating, she worked full time coordinating, leading and planning the University's programs. Returning to New England, she joined Road Scholar in Boston. She has held many roles including call center support manager and program manager; she is currently the director of program administration.
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Colleen Patrick View biography
A native of Colorado and a relative newcomer to New Mexico, Colleen Patrick has spent a lifetime visiting and learning about Pueblo culture, pottery and the movement of Native Americans and Spaniards throughout New Mexico. Colleen has been in the travel business since 2006, but has been a traveler since her childhood. She learned to appreciate new cultures and new places as a child and has loved sharing new places and cultures with guests for many years.
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Sherry Moon View biography
Sherry Moon is a certified interpreter for the profession of heritage interpretation and an experienced group leader. She has a bachelor's degree in Mass Communications and has taught communication and art. For nearly 20 years, she has been a group leader specializing in the Southwest and Alaska/Yukon. As president of the Rocky Mountain Guides Association, she is regarded as a local expert. Her interests include the arts, history, heritage, geology, reading, outdoor activities, and socializing with friends.
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Forgotten Albuquerque, NM: Images of America
by Bannerman, Ty
In 1706, Spanish colonists founded the Villa de Albuquerque on the banks of the Rio Grande. Three hundred years later, that once quiet farming community has grown to become Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico. Using over 200 vintage images from public archives and individual collections, author Ty Bannerman explores the city's many guises over time, from its prehistory as a thriving province of the Pueblo peoples to its post-World-War-II population boom.
The Essence of Santa Fe: From a Way of Life to a Style
by Hammett, Jerilou & Kingsley
House Made of Dawn
by Momaday, N. Scott
Medicine in the Old West: A History, 1850-1900
by Jeremy Agnew
Through the Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers
by Dunn, Carolyn, & Comfort, Carol
Santa Fe, Its 400th Year: Exploring the Past, Defining the Future
by Dean, Rob
This fresh presentation, 400 years after the Spanish founded Santa Fe in 1610, presents the full art of Santa Fe's story that sifts through its long, complex, thrilling history. It illuminates Santa Fe's enduring promise to cling to roots that are bottomless and to leap into a future that is boundless. Many illustrations, timelines, index, and detailed biographies.
The Wines of New Mexico
by Sandersier, Andy
Anasazi: Ancient People of the Rock
by Muench, David and Pike, Donald G.
The Journey of Coronado
by Casteneda, Pedro
Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West
by William Manns, Elizabeth Clair Flood & Charlotte Berney
Santa Fe and Taos: The Writer's Era 1916-1941
by Weigle, Marta & Fior, Kyle
New Mexico's Railroads: A Historical Survey
by Myrick, David F.
Along Route 66
by Scott, Quinta
Georgia O'Keeffe: A Life
by Robinson, Roxana
True Tales and Amazing Legends of the Old West: From True West Magazine
by Editors of True West
Migrations: New Directions in Native American Art
by Devon, Marjorie
The Santa Fe School of Cooking Cookbook
by Susan D. Curtis
Contains some of the very best recipes from Santa Fe School of Cooking and features glorious photography.
Ballooning: A History, 1782-1900
by S. L. Kotar & J. E. Gessler
This book chronicles development and advances in hot air ballooning.
Neon Pow Wow: New Native Voices of the Southwest
by Anna Lee Walters
Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
by Lisle, Laurie
Albuquerque in Our Time: 30 Voices, 300 Years
by Hughes, Debra
Albuquerque, New Mexico, a city astride a great river, celebrated its tricentennial in 2006. This book pays homage to the city with a rich medley of narratives by its most colorful residents: well-loved town characters, writers, journalists, politicians, civic and business leaders who have helped shape Albuquerque's character and guided its growth.





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