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Do you fancy experiencing the thrill of seeing the world from above by floating silently through the air? Hot air balloon is one of the most fulfilling ways of rewarding yourself with the world’s spectacular settings from the high above. You can hover high on a thrilling hot-air balloon ride and revel in 360-degree bird’s views of the planet’s most scenic landscapes. From witnessing stunning mountains transform into serrated backdrops to getting an unparalleled view of the extraordinary wildlife, there are no other experiences like a hot-air balloon ride.
Read on to know the top places in the world to experience the best hot air balloon rides.
Peppered with surreal rock formations locally known as the “fairy chimney” and the velvety green vineyards, the magical landscapes of Cappadocia in Central Turkey, can be best enjoyed from above. The rugged landscape of Cappadocia formed as a result of the volcanic eruptions looks even more dramatic when you witness it from above in a hot air balloon ride. Go for a hot air balloon ride in the sunrise or sunset to get the most ethereal views of the striking limestone spires up close. Whether you’re taking a ride during snowy winter months, or springtime when it’s blanketed with poppies or autumn months with golden hues, each season will treat your eyes and soul with distinctive treasures.
Floating over thousands of pagodas and stupas in the ancient city of Bagan in a hot air balloon ride is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Famous for a high concentration of Buddhist temples and stupas with glittering spires, Bagan in Myanmar offers one of the most stunning air balloons rides over the magical landscape, enabling you to witness the best views of the temples of Bagan and past nearby villages. For enjoying an excellent view of Bagan, take a ride in the dawn or twilight and revel in the glory of the spectacular rusty red color of otherworldly temple ruins from high above.
Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park has always been luring visitors, especially couples, with amazing hot air balloon rides in an ultra-romantic backdrop offering spectacular vistas of the beautiful National Park below. Home to the largest migration of mammals in the world, it’s almost impossible to see the entirety of the enormous Park. Taking a hot air balloon ride safari to see the expansive plains of this UNESCO World Heritage Site will bestow you with Africa’s most spectacular phenomenon including the seasonal migration of hundreds of thousands of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles.
Residence of the largest and most impressive hot air balloons gathering in the world, Albuquerque is the best place to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of hundreds of balloons floating in the clear Midwest air. With thousands of brightly-colored orbs take to the air, Albuquerque’s big sky area over the Rio Grande offers a surreal yet magical vista, thereby luring legions of ballooning enthusiasts. The nine-day long Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is the best time to visit the city to get the best of the hot air balloon experience.
A bird’s-eye view of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside by taking a ride of hot air balloon will offer you the most exhilarating experience with the magical vistas of the rolling hills adorned with velvety vineyards, olive groves and ancient townships like you have never experienced before. Get a glimpse of the Florentine Chianti hills, the medieval cities of Lucca and wonder at the forests, vineyards and historic towns with a glass of Prosecco and Tuscan meal while marveling over the fairytale landscape.
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