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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.

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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.

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

3. 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.

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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.

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Albuquerque: Cibola National Forest Guided Snowshoe Tour

5. Albuquerque: Cibola National Forest Guided Snowshoe Tour

Beat the winter blues and enjoy the winter sunshine and unique soundscapes it creates during this snowshoeing tour in the Cibola National Forest, gear and hot drinks included. Hike alongside guides skilled in the flora and fauna of the Sandia Mountains, wilderness medicine, and backcountry travel. Meet your guide and gear up with included trekking poles, snowshoes, leg gaiters before heading into the Cibola National Forest You’ll be snowshoeing at a 10,000-foot elevation for approximately 3 to 6 miles, depending on the group’s fitness level and speed. Each trip offers a unique focal point in addition to the snowshoe journey, making it much more than just a follow-the-leader experience. Your tour will be focused on winter birding, backcountry travel, winter cooking, and photography. Guided snowshoeing takes the guesswork out of your experience, whether it is your first or fifth time snowshoeing. From proper use and fitting to winter layering for warmth and moisture control, your guides will be there to guide you throughout your journey.  Your guides will empower you with the confidence to take your friends and family on a self-guided trip with proven layering techniques, winter travel food choices, and destination recommendations for the whole family.

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Albuquerque: Guided Family Walking Tour

6. 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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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Our pilot, Dean, was the BEST! So much experience and knowledge! If you want a safe, fun, and memorable flight go with Rainbow Ryders! I'm a bigger lady and we all know the basket must balance. Dean did this in a way to spare my humility! He made the group of 6 think it was their idea to all be on one side and the two smaller parties totaling 4 on one side (my side). You're probably asking, how did i get in and out of the basket. Tall step stool both ways! Offered to all not just the large older lady! Thanks for helping me make a check to my bucket list! High recommend!

The van felt like a covid breeding ground, and being loaded in with strangers was really weird after being so cautious for the last year +. That being said, the balloon ride itself was spectacular, and Kris, our pilot, was a wonderful guide. I would highly recommend this experience, but would also recommend a double mask!!

We had the best pilot around, Dean. He made the trip enjoyable and exciting!

My son and I had a wonderful morning ride with our talented pilot Chris.

Absolutely massive collection from around the world!