A magical spectacle is held every year in the city made popular by the incredible drama series –‘Breaking Bad’, and you need to know how stunning this is. 



From a small gathering of 13 balloons in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta has grown to become hands-down the largest balloon event in the world. Held each year during the first week in October, the Balloon Fiesta hosts hundreds of balloons and over 1,000 pilots.

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Albuquerque happens to have the best climatic conditions required for ballooning – owing to it’s cool morning and evening temperatures.  The city also has a phenomenon known as the “Albuquerque Box,” a combination of weather patterns and geography that results in balloonists having great control over their balloons. All in all, Albuquerque is a great place to launch a balloon-or hundreds of balloons.

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The festival is book-ended by two weekends in October with balloon die-hards centered around the Albuquerque vicinity for the entire event. With tickets , you can walk up to balloons moments before they take off, truly a privilege you’ll come to appreciate when you see one take off up close for the first time.

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The Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta‘s creative and visual celebration of flight is not to be missed, and offers just as much wonder for spectator as participant. It’s a fitting tribute to humankind’s fascination with flight, which took its maiden voyage in France with the Montgolfier brothers pioneering balloon flight in 1783, preceding the Wright Brothers by well over a hundred years! Human imagination is just not meant to be bound to the Earth, free your mind and reach for the skies.

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(Photo Credits: Art Gimbel)