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Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, New Mexico, Photography Tour


  October: This photography tour is not currently in the schedule, but can be added by request

  3 nights/4 inclusive days  |  Maximum of 8 participants, and a minimum of 4 participants

  $1,485 USD per person  |  Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

  The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

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  Arrival and departure airport: Albuquerque, New Mexico [ABQ]
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This photo tour will run with one or more participants. Please note that our group limit is not a requirement!  8 places are available at this time
  Updated: Wednesday the 24th of April, 2024

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Photography Tour Overview:
  'Mass ascension', 'balloon glow' and more, Albuquerque old town, ghost towns and Santa Fe. From Spanish colonial village, to a 'significant' metropolis set beside 10,678' Sandia Crest in the Sandia Mountains . . . all in all Albuquerque is a place of many contrasts. We're there to catch the color and splendor of the annual Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta, but side trips during balloon 'quiet times' will unearth other 'hidden' facets of the distinctive southwest. All in all, the balloon fiesta is a wonderfully colorful photo opportunity, plus you may take a balloon flight if you so wish. As with all of our photography tours, early and late shooting is scheduled for each day.


Our itinerary . . .
But first things first! We suggest that you set your camera's clock to the local time, as your images will then synchronize with the times in our included photo tour field notes.

Day 1  |  Albuquerque Old Town
We'll gather in Albuquerque at midday, and following the included lunch we'll head for Albuquerque ‘Old Town’ which was originally settled in 1706. Our ‘photostrollabout’ of the ‘Plaza’ and surrounding nooks and crannies will provide many southwestern flavored details such as hanging Chiles, plus the obvious in the St. Felipe de Neri Church et cetera. Dinner in one of New Mexico's oldest structures just off the Plaza.
Albuquerque, 3 nights  

Days 2 + 3  |  Balloon Fiesta and side trips
At dawn on day 2 the numerous unique shaped balloons will be our main 'focus' at the 'Special Shape Rodeo'. You'll not be short of color and form, and be treated to many colorful and comical shapes, with the ‘Creamland Cow’ being this writer’s favorite on Travel Images' on Fiesta workshops since 1997. After a break, we’ll be off to Santa Fe for lunch and another ‘photostrollabout’ reminiscent of Albuquerque’s but with the addition of  the Loretto Chapel’s ‘Miraculous Spiral Staircase’ and so on. We’ll be back at Balloon Fiesta Park for the 'Special Shapes Glowdeo' to give you the chance to hone your long exposure photography skills, and during the firework display that follows.
On day 3 we'll be back on the Fiesta Field at dawn for another 'Special Shape Rodeo', during which we’ll move around the Fiesta Field as many wondrous balloon compositions develop over our heads. The 'Key Grab' is another fascinating photo shoot which follows. After a late morning break we'll take lunch in Albuquerque, then head for the Turquoise Trail. As we go north to via various ‘ghost towns’ you'll shoot a varied palette of southwest flavored images. The included dinner on the last night of our photography tour will feature an 'It's You!' presentation of clients in action on this tour by John.

Day 4  |  Departure day
Back to the Fiesta Field prior to dawn for the incredible 'Farewell Mass Ascension' followed by breakfast and a trip to the airport. In the interests of photography we suggest you arrange your departing flight for 12:30 p.m. onwards.

Photo Tour Photographer/Leader: John Baker, Travel Images Photography Tours
The preceding itinerary is a copyrighted work by John Baker Photographer LLC, and Travel Images Photography Tours


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Exertion level: This photography tour is classified as 'non strenuous'

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Photography Tour Cost, Deposit, Cancellation Policy and Enrollment Guidance

Trip Cost: $1,485 USD per person not including airfare. A 5% discount is applied to all double occupancies. A single room supplement is required for single occupancy

Single Supplement: 14% of the base cost of the trip

The deposit for this photography tour is $400. Make a deposit, or pay your tour balance here

Cancellation policy: Go here

Enrollment guidance: Go here


Included in the Trip Cost: The following items are included in the trip cost . . .

  • Photography instruction throughout the trip by John

  • All accommodations with private facilities [en-suite]

  • All breakfasts

  • Lunch on day one of the trip

  • Dinner on the last night of the trip

  • On-vehicle snacks and bottled water

  • All ground transportation

  • Airport pick-up on day 1, and drop-off on departure day. Arrival prior to day 1 is not included

  • Entrance fees for sites and activities listed below under ‘Admissions Included’

  • Following the trip you'll receive detailed field notes describing the time, place and subject of each photo stop, plus image uploads to a private web page of clients 'in action' on the trip

Not Included in the Trip Cost: The costs for these items are the responsibility of each participant . . .

  • Airfare

  • Travel costs between your home and the gateway airport and return

  • Any transportation or travel costs incurred prior to or after the tour’s inclusive dates

  • Pre-tour and/or post-tour accommodation

  • Lunches and dinners except for lunch on day one of the trip, and dinner on the last night of the trip

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • Entrance fees or costs related to optional sites or activities not included in the itinerary

  • Baggage fees

  • Medical expenses

  • Personal items such as the hotel mini-bar, laundry et cetera

  • Incidental charges incurred at our accommodations such as movie rentals, internet and phone

  • Travel insurance

  • Passport or visa expenses

  • Airport departure taxes, if applicable

  • A balloon ride from the Fiesta Field is optional and is not included in the trip cost. The rides generally cost in the region of $350.

Admissions Included in the Trip Cost:

  • Multiple admissions for Fiesta field events


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