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Up up and away A guide to hot air ballooning in Albuquerque





Ballooning originated in Europe in the 1700s, and it was then that the term “the sky’s the limit” took root. When balloon aviation was created, humans had the world at their fingertips, which influenced travel, commerce and more. Since then, ballooning ventured to the west and Albuquerque is now known as the hot air balloon capital of the world.
Gas versus hot air balloons:
There are different types of balloons, and the length and height of their flight depends on what they are filled with. Gas balloons are typically meant for longer flights because the balloon is enclosed and filled with helium or hydrogen, which can keep it afloat for days. Hot air balloon rides typically last about an hour and take much less time to prepare. The two types of balloons do have similarities, in that the basket that carries the passengers is called a gondola and the part that holds the gas or air is called the envelope. As a tourist, you will more than likely experience a hot air balloon ride rather than a gas balloon ride. Gas balloons generally take ten people to launch and are much more expensive to fly. There are various companies that offer balloon rides in the city, and each of them provide many options in terms of length of ride, kind of balloon and rates.
Albuquerque ride accommodations are easy to find and unless it is peak season, you typically do not need to plan your ride too far in advance. However, many companies suggest that if you’re only in town for a week, book a ride towards the beginning of your stay, that way, if the weather is bad, they can reschedule your party for a later date. Most pilots will not take passengers if the weather is even remotely bad because they are responsible for your safety and don’t want to test the limits of their flying ability.
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:
Hotels book up quickly for this annual New Mexico event. You can make your visit more enjoyable by researching Albuquerque lodging
, event information and crowds beforehand. This is an exciting event that attracts visitors from all around the world. It is a weeklong and includes opening ceremonies, history of ballooning, flying competitions and other general festival activities such as car shows and fireworks. The Albuquerque International balloon fiesta website is a helpful resource if you are new to the area and need information on festival hours, tickets and sights.
From simple white palates to colorful, mesmerizing designs, hot air balloons vary in terms of shape, color and fabric. But one thing is for certain, on a calm evening in Albuquerque, New Mexico, there is nothing more breathtaking that watching hundreds of balloons soaring across the horizon. This exciting activity can be enjoyed by anyone, both young and old. With so much to see and do, start planning your visit to the hot air balloon capital of the world, now!
About Author Kimberly Tanya Smith :

New Mexico awaits you and your family.  For more information on Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta hotels or other Albuquerque accommodations, visit <a href="http://www.barcelonasuitesabq.com/" target="_blank">http://www.barcelonasuitesabq.com/</a>


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Article Added on Friday, November 4, 2011
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