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New Mexico

Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, Santa Fe Art and Culture

Program No. 15464RJ
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
6 days
Rating (5)
Activity Level
Starts at
3,499
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
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 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.
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Don Boyer
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.

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

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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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Through the Eye of the Deer: An Anthology of Native American Women Writers
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Ballooning: A History, 1782-1900
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New Mexico's Railroads: A Historical Survey
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Albuquerque in Our Time: 30 Voices, 300 Years
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