Welcome to Albuquerque


Often passed over by travelers on their way to Santa Fe, Albuquerque has plenty of understated appeal beneath its gritty urban facade. Good hiking and mountain-biking trails abound just outside of town, while the city's modern museums explore Pueblo culture, New Mexican art and space. Take the time to let your engine cool as you take a walk among the desert petroglyphs or order up a plate of red chile enchiladas and a local beer.


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$159 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise

Rise early to begin your hot-air balloon experience (optional pickup from your Albuquerque hotel is paid directly to the tour operator). Stop into the downtown headquarters for check-in, then ride to the balloon launch site. Your pilot begins the process of inflating the balloon when you arrive. Watch the fascinating transformation of the balloon as it fills up. You can even help out the crew during the inflation process for a more hands-on experience.After a safety briefing, step into the balloon’s basket and take to the skies with your professional pilot. As you float high above the ground, enjoy incredible birds-eye views of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande Valley. Capture great photos of the Rio Grande River and the Sandia Mountains, the 17-mile (26-km) mountain range located to the east of Albuquerque.Your pilot determines the route for the day depending on the wind’s direction. You may fly over the city of Albuquerque and even dip low enough to wave at people or skim the Rio Grande River. Then soar back up into the air again to get panoramic views of the New Mexico landscape. Throughout your flight, your pilot shares informative commentary about the landscape beneath you. You can also hear first-hand accounts of the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the world's largest hot-air balloon festival that takes place every October with some 750 balloons participating. After approximately one hour in the air, your pilot lands the balloon and the ground crew comes to meet you. Celebrate your flight with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine and a light continental breakfast. Then receive a flight certificate to commemorate your hot-air balloon experience before returning to the original starting point (with optional hotel drop-off paid to the tour operator).

$158.99 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Albuquerque Sunrise Hot Air Balloon Flight

Your hot-air balloon adventure begins as you meet your crew at the launch site, conveniently located on the west side of the Rio Grande River. After check in the pilot will perform safety and weather checks, then the crew will begin preparing the balloon for inflation. Once inflated, you will launch and fly for approximately an hour alongside the river valley. During the flight, depending upon the direction of the winds on flight day, you will have great views of the Sandia Mountains to the east, Petroglyph National Monument to the west, the volcano’s that surround Albuquerque and Mount Taylor in the distance. There will be a "chase crew" that follows during the flight who will meet you shortly after landing to pack up the equipment. From here, you will return to the launch site for a champagne ceremony and a light snack. There are non-alcoholic alternatives available. Each person that flew will receive a commemorative flight certificate to celebrate their adventure. The total time your tour will take is approximately 3.5-hours and you will be in the air for approximately 1-hour.

$275 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Albuquerque Full Day

The Albuquerque Tour begins at the Albuquerque Old Town and Plaza.  Old Town is the oldest part of the city with the oldest buildings in both the territorial and pueblos adobe styles.   Here we can stroll the Plaza, dine at one of the many restaurants, visit museums, or shop at over 150 stores and galleries.  Quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies are waiting to be discovered! A stop for lunch at the Pueblo Harvest Café, is a definite option. The Café is inviting with indoor and outdoor seating serving traditional Pueblo flavors and New Mexico style cooking.   It gets better!  Every Saturday & Sunday at 12 pm the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center offers traditional Native American dances from the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, as well as Plains Style, Navajo, Apache, and Hopi dancers. Driving north on Rio Grande Boulevard we can visit the historic Los Poblanos Ranch and the Farm Shop that features artisan lavender products made from organic lavender essential oil along with their farm foods collection fresh from the kitchen located by the Rio Grande River and the Bosque (one of the largest Cottonwood forests in the world).    Down the road, the Tasting Room at Casa Rondeña Winery allows us the opportunity to sample the entire portfolio of fine wines made on the winery premises. The Tasting Room staff is knowledgeable about wine, and we can not only taste, but also purchase award-winning wines. The gift shop is filled with items from local artisans.  We can also have a glass of wine on the patio and walk the beautiful grounds. It is like a quick trip to Italy with Tuscany style buildings, gardens and ponds. The Boulevard continues through a winding path by farms and extraordinary houses to Corrales a small village to the north of Albuquerque.  Tours to Corrales and beyond are also available.   Next, a visit to the prehistoric Pueblo Indian village of Kuaua, one of many large settlements established during the Classic Period (1325 to 1600 A.D.) of Anasazi Culture. The site, located on the west bank of the Rio Grande just north of Albuquerque, includes the remains of 1,200 interconnected adobe-walled surface dwellings and storage rooms, six kivas and three ceremonial plazas. Also located on the site is a Spanish Pueblo Revival style museum.  We can climb down inside a restored Kiva by ladder to experience the ancient center of spiritual life for the Anasazi people.   A drive to the Sandia Tram is another possibility.  This trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.  At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. We can take 1-3 people on this tour.  for more please call.

$15 Tours & Sightseeing

Albuquerque Scavenger Hunt Adventure

The adventure begins in Old Town Albuquerque and takes you on a well-designed course through the historic and cultural streets as you visit churches, walk through sculpture gardens and see the local parks and museums.  The tour requires approximately 1 mile of walking. The game software tracks team points and posts the final score to a city leaderboard for those with a competitive edge. Using a smart phone as “the guide” allows participants to start when they want and determine their own pace of play, leaving time to stop for a bite to eat or simply to enjoy the best southwestern sights of the town. Great for families, friends and those ready to have fun on a scavenger hunt adventure! Please note that pricing is per individual but your team must book together. One voucher is valid for your team of 2-5 people.

$175 Private & Custom Tours

Private Tour: Albuquerque Half Day

The Albuquerque Tour begins at the Albuquerque Old Town and Plaza.  Old Town is the oldest part of the city with the oldest buildings in both the territorial and pueblos adobe styles.   Here we can stroll the Plaza, dine at one of the many restaurants, visit museums, or shop at over 150 stores and galleries.  Quiet hidden patios, winding brick paths, gardens and balconies are waiting to be discovered!A stop for lunch at the Pueblo Harvest Café, is a definite option. The Café is inviting with indoor and outdoor seating serving traditional Pueblo flavors and New Mexico style cooking.   It gets better!  Every Saturday & Sunday at 12 pm the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center offers traditional Native American dances from the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, as well as Plains Style, Navajo, Apache, and Hopi dancers.Driving north on Rio Grande Boulevard we can visit the historic Los Poblanos Ranch and the Farm Shop that features artisan lavender products made from organic lavender essential oil along with their farm foods collection fresh from the kitchen located by the Rio Grande River and the Bosque (one of the largest Cottonwood forests in the world).   Down the road, the Tasting Room at Casa Rondeña Winery allows us the opportunity to sample the entire portfolio of fine wines made on the winery premises. The Tasting Room staff is knowledgeable about wine, and we can not only taste, but also purchase award-winning wines. The gift shop is filled with items from local artisans.  We can also have a glass of wine on the patio and walk the beautiful grounds. It is like a quick trip to Italy with Tuscany style buildings, gardens and ponds. The Boulevard continues through a winding path by farms and extraordinary houses to Corrales a small village to the north of Albuquerque.  Tours to Corrales and beyond are also available.   Next, a visit to the prehistoric Pueblo Indian village of Kuaua, one of many large settlements established during the Classic Period (1325 to 1600 A.D.) of Anasazi Culture. The site, located on the west bank of the Rio Grande just north of Albuquerque, includes the remains of 1,200 interconnected adobe-walled surface dwellings and storage rooms, six kivas and three ceremonial plazas. Also located on the site is a Spanish Pueblo Revival style museum.  We can climb down inside a restored Kiva by ladder to experience the ancient center of spiritual life for the Anasazi people.   A drive to the Sandia Tram is another possibility.  This trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles.  At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. Tour is for 1-3 people.  for more please call.

$325 Day Trips & Excursions

Santa Fe, New Mexico is the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow

We can visit the downtown Museums.  The Palace of the Governors is the oldest continually operated building in the U.S. and home to the New Mexico Museum of History, the New Mexico Museum of Art and its outstanding collection of art by southwestern artists, the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum dedicated to her life and artistic legacy, as well as to American Modernism. We can visit the famous churches, the historic Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi, a Santa Fe landmark, and a beautiful example of Romanesque Revival architecture and just down the street, the Loretto Chapel and marvel at its mysterious spiral staircase. The identity of its builder and the physics of its construction still puzzle experts today. After lunch at one of the many downtown restaurants where there are chefs galore, cooking for you with the food style of your choice, Italian, New Mexican, Asian, elegant bar menus, Tapas, and steak houses, all in environments that you really have to photograph for people at home to believe.  Really it would take a year eating out every day to beginning to taste all the possibilities.  A gallery walk and shopping at the many stores in downtown and Canyon Road should quench your need for art, beauty, hats, belts, clothing, paintings, prints, chocolates, and other objects of desire. The offerings do not stop with the exciting shopping from gewgaws to exquisite art pieces sought after by collectors world-wide, and the galleries full of local and international artists available on our Canyon Road Tour.  On our way back to Albuquerque we can visit Museum Hill and take your pick of four world-class museums presenting folk traditions from around the world (Museum of International Folk Art), the history of the Spanish colonial past (Spanish Colonial Arts Museum), and the art, history and culture of the Native American Southwest (Wheelwright Museum and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture). For an added bonus, there’s a Botanical Garden and a cafe. You will have to chose how long to stay and how far to go.  We have 6 hours if we start in Albuquerque and 8 hours if we start in Santa Fe.  You have the choices, the Corn Maidens will drive you, walk with you, guide you, laugh with you and return you to your hotel. So you better book with the ones who know the secrets, know the best of the best, and the off-the-beaten-path places, the Corn Maidens.  So much to do, so little time. Tour covers 1-3 people.  For more please call. Santa Fe Plaza- (2-3 hour exploration walk) Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis La Fonda Hotel Old Santa Fe Trail Loretto Chapel, famous "miraculous stairway" San Miguel Chapel "Oldest Church in the United States" Oldest House in the United States Lunch: Guests choose eatery Drive to Canyon Road: Walk/Explore the galleries (2 hours) Old Pecos Trail to Museum Hill (2 hours)