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Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

1. Albuquerque: Rio Grande Valley Hot Air Balloon Ride

Your adventure begins at the launch site. Become a hands-on crew member and help with the balloon inflation, or just sit back, observe, and take pictures as the gentle giant comes to life. Embark upon a unique journey at lift-off. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Rio Grande Valley while floating in the sky and sending greetings to earthbound folks below. Certified pilots will navigate the flight with your safety and enjoyment in mind. During your 1-hour ride, your pilot will answer any questions that you might have and identify local points of interest. The actual time in the air is approximately 60 minutes, but you should plan to spend up to 3.5 hours on your entire ballooning experience. The chase crew will follow the balloon while you’re flying and meet you at the landing site. You can then help pack up the balloon. After the balloon is loaded into the truck and trailer, you will board the van and head back to the launch site. Back at the launch site, enjoy a celebratory toast to end your safe and memorable adventure. You will be presented with a flight certificate and balloon flight pin to commemorate your aeronautical experience. Make sure you bring your camera.

Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

2. Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

Learn about the mezclas de culturas (mix of cultures) that grew into today's New Mexico on this guided culture and heritage walking tour in Old Town Albuquerque. Visit centuries-old buildings and the revitalized Sawmill Market and taste local drinks. Starting at Hotel Albuquerque, visit places from Albuquerque’s past that have evolved over the years. See the Albuquerque Museum Sculpture Gardens, Old Town Plaza, and an 1890s one-room schoolhouse. Complete your journey by raising a glass of local New Mexico craft brew or wine at the Sawmill Market.

Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

3. Albuquerque: Turquoise Museum Admission Ticket

Learn all there is to know about turquoise, the elegant gemstone, with an admission ticket to the Turquoise Museum in Albuquerque. Inside the museum, find exhibitions that will appeal to all ages and interests. Educate yourself on mineralogy in the Science Gallery, admire the varying colors of turquoise at the Gallery of Mines, or learn about how turquoise is used around the world in the International Gallery.

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

4. Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

Guided from any smartphone, on this tour groups make their way among well-known and overlooked gems of the city, solving clues and completing challenges while learning local history. The adventure begins in the heart of Albuquerque and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore sculpture gardens, museums, parks, churches and other interesting sights in the Old Town. The tour requires approximately 2.5 miles of walking and generally takes between 2-3 hours to complete.   Using a smart phone as the guide allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play. Stop for a leisurely lunch or race another team to the finish.

Gems of Albuquerque - Family Walking Tour

5. Gems of Albuquerque - Family Walking Tour

Together with your family, indulge in a 2-hour long walking tour and witness some of the most fascinating areas in Albuquerque. In a company of a local guide who through a combination of sightseeing and storytelling aims to bring Albuquerque closer to you. Start the peaceful exploration from one of the oldest pearls in Albuquerque, San Felipe de Neri Church. Step back into the past as you experience an open-air museum at the Old Town Plaza where fascinating historic landmarks unfold one after another. Learn about local culture and witness intriguing exhibitions at the local Rattlesnake Museum and Gift Shop where you will discover interesting facts about the animal and environmental conservation. Enjoy captivating views as you visit a leading art, culture and history institution of New Mexico, Albuquerque Museum. End the insightful tour at La Jornada where you get to hear more about Native American culture and their past.

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What people are saying about Albuquerque

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

This was an amazing tour. Bobby was the tour guide and he was very knowledgeable about all things New Mexico. It was just my dad and I and Bobby still put in the effort as if there were 20 of us. My dad was full of questions and he happily answered every one of them. I walked away feeling very informed and intrigued about the history and culture. I would recommend doing this tour 100%!

The Turquoise Museum was a hidden gem just like all the gems hidden inside of it. Very well done and very worthwhile.

Superb experience. This company is perfect. I recommend I'm thinking of flying with them again

The entire experience is worthwhile, colorful, educational, and enjoyable.

Absolutely massive collection from around the world!