New Mexico

The City Different: Santa Fe & the International Balloon Fiesta

Experience a “different” side of Santa Fe during deep dives into the local art scene and blended cultures, and spend two exciting days at the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.
Program No. 23861RJ
7 days
Starts at
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At a Glance

Nicknamed “the city different” for its melting pot of Native, Spanish and American West cultures, Santa Fe certainly marches to the beat of its own colorful drum. Join the experts that call this eclectic city home as you explore the historic plazas and world-renowned art museums that make this city one-of-a-kind. Then take your learning to the sky during a two-day field trip to Albuquerque’s International Balloon Fiesta where you’ll watch these floating pieces of art ascend towards the clouds. From learning about Native pottery techniques to observing bright balloons float through the air, you’re sure to leave this adventure with a “different” perspective of this unique region.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily over varied terrain. Standing for up to two hours at a time. Getting on/off motorcoach multiple times a day. Elevations up to 7,500 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delight in two days at the International Balloon Fiesta where you’ll see hot air balloons dot the sky and enjoy plenty of independent time to explore the festival.
  • Study the local art and artists that made Santa Fe famous, including a docent-led exploration of the Arts Research Center, which is not open to the general public.
  • Delve into New Mexico’s past at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, which houses exhibits from the 19 pueblos, and at El Santuario de Chimayó, one of the most important centers for Catholic pilgrimage in the U.S.
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