If you've ever dreamed of soaring into the sky like an eagle, then hot air ballooning is the sport for you, Albuquerque, NM is
the place for you, the Albuquerque Balloon Festival
is the event for you, and the Chocolate Turtle is the B&B for you.
As crew members for the "Sundagger" balloon, we are closely involved with this wonderful sport.
Whether floating serenely above the landscape viewing the desert wild flowers and catching glimpses of jack rabbits and coyotes,
or doing a "splash and dash" in the Rio Grande River, the experience of hot air ballooning is truly unique. Albuquerque has been
named the "Ballooning Capital of the World" and for good reason. The generally temperate climate along with the atmospheric conditions
(different wind directions at various altitudes - known as the "Albuquerque Box") makes it the perfect environment to fly year round.
Rare is the day when you do not see at least one and often many brightly colored balloons dotting the early morning sky.
There are monthly sponsored ballooning events, and many pilots fly on their own at any opportunity they get. We are the crew most weekends
when Sundagger is flying, and guests are always welcome to be part of the chase crew. In addition, there are professional balloon ride
companies with whom you can contract for a ride.
Our Up, Up, and Away Package includes a balloon ride.
The crown jewel of ballooning is the
Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta beginning the first full weekend in October every year.
For nine days each October, 700 to 800 balloonists from around the world gather at Balloon Fiesta Park to participate in mass ascensions,
flying events, evening balloon glows, and general good fun and camaraderie. The best part is, as a spectator, you are right on the launch
field, not sitting in some grandstand at a distance from the action. In fact, you are more of a participant than a spectator as you stroll
among the festively colored balloons as they inflate and take off.
The Chocolate Turtle is one of the closest bed and breakfasts to Fiesta Park. Since we are the crew most days of the Fiesta, we have a real
insight into the festivities, including getting to the Park, parking, the best times to be there to maximize your experience, and even which
vendor has the best breakfast burritos. We would be delighted to have you stay at The Turtle and be your Balloon Fiesta "experts".
You need to reserve your guestroom early, because we usually sell out quickly.
To learn about the beginnings and history of ballooning, a visit to the
Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum at Balloon Fiesta Park is a must.