FIRST WEEK OF OCTOBER
WHAT ARE WE TALKING HERE? PARTY BALLOONS?
If you go in expecting something like that, then you are going to be totally blown away (pun intended). This annual fiesta in New Mexico is the largest hot-air balloon festival in the world, with more than 500 of these spectacular aircrafts taking to the skies for nine days each October.
THE SKY LOOKS MAGICAL.
The sight of enormous balloons floating serenely through the New Mexico skies in all their kaleidoscopic colour is breathtaking. Keep your eyes peeled for the quirky and unusually shaped balloons – there’s nothing quite like seeing a skyscrapersized turtle floating overhead.
CAN WE JUMP ON BOARD AND GET A VIEW FROM UP HIGH?
While the festival is flooded with hardcore enthusiasts and serious professional balloonists who compete in races and other exhibition events, it’s also open to curious onlookers. It’s possible to walk around the field while the balloons are being lit and inflated, and book a ride on one also. Get in early though, as rides in the balloons sell out fast.