Albuquerque Soars!
2019 Pre-Conference Press Trip
Media Placements

Hot air balloon flight over Albuquerque

"A hot air balloon ride often ranks atop many travelers’ bucket lists. It’s not hard to understand why, as the experience is magical. It’s an unmatched way to provide a unique perspective of the environment. And what better place to embark on this enchanting journey than Albuquerque, the “hot air balloon capital of the world.” —Deborah Stone 

Eight IFWTWA Journalists participated in this wonderful Albuquerque Soars Media Trip.

Albuquerque delighted this group of journalists in so many ways. A focus was on its native food and wine since it is the oldest wine-growing region in the country, but participants also had the glorious opportunity to go hot air ballooning, which was so appropriate since Albuquerque is widely known as the hot air ballooning capital of the world.

The group enjoyed a native American dance performance at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, followed by appetizers at Pueblo Harvest. A tour of vineyards and wine tasting rooms by bicycle provided the perfect way to be immersed in the area. Participants stayed at the new, strikingly designed Hotel Chaco, accented by stunning local art, and highlighted by a fabulous dinner served at the hotel's gourmet restaurant, LVL/5.

A traditional brunch was served at the charming Campo at Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm. To further immerse the group in all that is Albuquerque, ABQ Trolley tour drove the group around town with a guide pointing out the city's neighborhoods and highlights. Another highlight of the trip was Tablao Flamenco, where everyone was amazed by a traditional flamenco dance while they snacked on enticing appetizers. There is so much to see, do, eat, and enjoy in this fascinating city. 

Media Trip Host: Visit Albuquerque

IFWTWA thanks our host for coordinating our stay. 
All opinions expressed in the following articles are those of the the individual writer and not influenced by IFWTWA.

Writers in Attendance:


IFWTWA Media Trip participants utilize Twitter, Instagram, Insta Stories, Facebook, Facebook Live and/or Facebook Stories in addition to social media promotion by IFWTWA and its pages.


Farah, Mary. Big Blend Radio and TV, January 10, 2020
48 Hours in Albuquerque
Join Mary as she explores New Mexico's enchanting capitol of Albuquerque. With just two million people total in the state, Mary felt a little culture shock coming from a city with a population of 20 million alone!

Stone, Deborah. Luxe Beat Magazine, December 4, 2019
History meets hip and happening in Albuquerque
From my perch in the sky, the view is sublime. The iconic Sandia Mountains appear as sentinels of the high desert and the rugged lava escarpments provide a Mars-like topography. Below, the Rio Grande snakes through the expansive landscape, while matchbox size houses and buildings look like Lego constructions. (See companion image, top of this page.)

Walls, Kathleen. World Footprints, February 19, 2020
High Time in Albuquerque
A major highlight in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is a hot air balloon ride at daybreak.But floating through the sky into the sunrise is not all there is to do in Albuquerque.

Walls, Kathleen. American Roads and Global Highways, November 14, 2019
A Touch of Mexico
Albuquerque is filled with great food and amazing museums.

Entrance to Albuquerque Museum

Walls, Kathleen. Weekender Extended, December 10, 2019
Swim Through a River of Lights in Albuquerque
There's a reason why the Travel Channel cities Albuquerque BioPark Botanical Gardens as one of the top 12 in the country. Published in Weekender Extended, this is a story about the Christmas transformation of Albuquerque Botanical Garden into a River of Lights.

 Lighted entrance to Albuquerque Botanical Garden

Welcome to River of Lights © 2019 Kathleen Walls

 Outlets added as they become available 

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New Mexico Wine. Labeled Bottles in Albuquerque