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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.

Old Town Albuquerque: History & Cultural Sights E-Bike Tour

2. Old Town Albuquerque: History & Cultural Sights E-Bike Tour

Your E-Bike adventure takes you through the heart of Albuquerque’s historic, cultural, and artistic center. You will pedal effortlessly through the downtown neighborhoods, hopping on and off of your bike to explore undiscovered corners. Your expert guide will lead you as you tour the neighborhoods and wooded areas that serve as the foundation of this unique and enchanting city. While your guide takes the lead with the navigation, they will also bring your tour to life with insider stories and tips. Some highlights of the tour include: - Discover the deep-rooted history of Albuquerque as you explore the oldest neighborhoods - Learn about the transformation of the Barelas neighborhood to the center of Hispanic culture - See public art in downtown Albuquerque, and visit local sculpture artist Joe Sackett in his studio to learn about his creative process and what inspires him - Receive a private tour of Frederico Vigils Mundos de Mestizaje: A Vision of History through Fresco at the National Hispanic Cultural Center, which houses art such as 'Albuquerque’s Sistine Chapel' With the perfect mixture of history, art and a small amount of exercise (depending how much you want to enjoy the electronic side of the E-Bike), your tour gives you some of the best highlights Albuquerque has to offer.

Albuquerque: Old Town Culture & Heritage Walking Tour

3. 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.

Santa Fe: Canyon Road Curated Art Walking Tour

4. Santa Fe: Canyon Road Curated Art Walking Tour

This Canyon Road walking tour offers a curated perspective on Santa Fe's premier arts district. Explore several galleries, covering a range of styles and mediums. Meet local artists and learn ways to interpret and analyze art. Home to over 80 art galleries, Canyon Road is a must-see in Santa Fe for art fans, new and experienced. Delve into the art, ask questions, and get to know local artists and gallerists. Visit galleries known for their fun, unique artworks, and consistent quality. Explore landmark exhibits as well as off-the-beaten-path gems that surprise even locals. Learn about the history of the area and how Canyon Road became a hotspot for the arts.  Interactive and conversational, these tours are designed to get people looking, chatting, and enjoying the art of Canyon Road in new ways.

Santa Fe Scavenger Hunt

5. Santa Fe 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 Santa Fe and takes you on an exciting journey through the best sights of this historic town. You will explore churches and cathedrals, investigate outdoor art, tour the town square and see a famous historic hotel. 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.

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt

6. 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.

Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

7. Santa Fe: Architectural Walking Tour & Wine Tasting

Join us on an exclusive and charming tour that looks at the prominent architectural styles in Santa Fe. Our guide provides in-depth knowledge of the area’s historic, social, and cultural movements that have been instrumental in influencing the distinctive and special architecture. You’ll discover the beauty that distinguishes the three styles of New Mexican architecture. As you walk down small winding residential backroads of Canyon Road’s Gallery district, you will explore the traditional appeal of the New Mexican Pueblo style, the classic elegance of Spanish Territorial, and the tall narrow pitched roofs of the Northern New Mexico style. You’ll also learn about the history and importance of the acequia (watercourse) that parallels our walkway. It continues to be used to irrigate private residential gardens with the time-old tradition of controlled water flow. The tour also includes a wine tasting at the Gruet Tasting Room.

Albuquerque: Agricultural E-Bike Tour of Rio Grande Valley

8. Albuquerque: Agricultural E-Bike Tour of Rio Grande Valley

Cycle through the trails of the majestic woodland area along the Rio Grande on an electric bike tour. Learn about the history of the area from your local guide and hear how the agricultural and water management system grew in the area. Visit community-based farms and the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park en route. Begin your tour in the center of Albuquerque, which was founded in 1706. Hear how in the 1700s farmers were given tracts of land (or ranchos) along the Rio Grande’s banks. Explore how these tracts have been transformed over time into community farms and natural areas. Learn how the Rio Grande River is the fourth longest river system in the United States and has a rich history. Early settlers embraced these life-giving waters, developing an intricate system of acequias to sustain, nourish, and grow their crops. Visit farms that still practice the acequias’ water flow techniques. And go to the Rio Grande Nature Center State Park to catch an important glimpse of the river’s natural history, as well as for an exclusive wildlife viewing of some of the species that call the bosque home. Then, head to Los Poblanos Inn and Organic Farm, a historic inn and working farm, founded in 1934. This dynamic property employs regional farming practices that are hundreds of years old combined with innovative and modern agricultural technologies. Onsite at Los Poblanos, take advantage of visiting The Farm Shop and their boutique which sells their signature products. Don’t miss their Grosso lavender field for an aromatherapeutic walk to soothe your soul.

Santa Fe: Private Art Tour and Chocolate Tasting

9. Santa Fe: Private Art Tour and Chocolate Tasting

Visit 3 contemporary art galleries in Santa Fe and experience a range of artistic styles and mediums on this guided tour for art lovers. Learn about the work and how to analyze art. Once you're done exploring, head to a local chocolate shop to sample a unique cup of drinking chocolate. Kick off your tour of Santa Fe's vibrant art scene at Nedra Matteucci Galleries, one of Santa Fe's landmark art galleries. Discover works by modern and contemporary New Mexico artists and pieces exhibiting southwestern flair. Next, visit Gerald Peters Gallery to view the fascinating artworks by local and international artists on display here before heading to Canyon Road, Santa Fe's historic art district to explore another gallery. Wrap up your tour by indulging in a tantalizing chocolate elixir. Choose from a range of unique combinations of herbs, spices, and fine drinking chocolate. Sip on your sumptuous cup of cocoa while engaging in interesting conversation with your guide.

Albuquerque: Guided Family Walking Tour

10. Albuquerque: Guided Family Walking Tour

Take a walking tour around Albuquerque with a professional local guide. Walk around the city center, see the most famous cultural and architectural sites, and learn their history. Enjoy a tour with a comfortable pace suitable for the whole family. Let a family-friendly tour guide show you around the city in a way that will be fun for both kids and adults. Hear insider stories and legends about the city and learn what makes it such a special place to visit.

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What people are saying about New Mexico

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 28 reviews

My family of 5 enjoyed the tour. Using the app was easy. The starting location was not very clear. Although we had the address and location correct according to the app, the actual building was across the parking lot. It took us a few minutes and asking some locals to figure out the starting point. But overall, it was a good experience.

Our guide, Paul, was so friendly and provided lots of good information about the history as well as current culture of Albuquerque. Thr e-bikes we're easy to use and we were able to see much of the city!

Sandy was an exceptional guide! You can tell she is deeply interested in the content and connecting with each person on her tour. Definitely a can’t miss experience!

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

Absolutely massive collection from around the world!