Flying in a hot air balloon is certainly an incredible experience, much different than flying in an airplane. From inside a balloon basket, you are able to witness the unforgettable landscapes, animals, sunrises and sunsets in a unique and rare way, with 360º views and open-air sensations. We've gathered up a list of the best hot air balloon rides around the world, to help get you inspired to experience views of our planet in a completely new way.
1. Chart, Burma
Balloon flight in Burma is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience! No matter what time of day, whether at sunrise or sunset, there is always a spectacular landscape below to view, complete with over 4,000 pagodas and temples. You can book a balloon flight in Bagan at Balloons over Bagan, which is highly rated on TripAdvisor!
2. Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia is one of the most famous regions of Turkey. What characterizes the city is the lunar landscapes, and the houses and churches carved in the rocks. Seeing it all from a bird's eye view is an unforgettable experience! An hour balloon ride at sunrise can be booked online with Hot Air Ballooning Cappadocia.
3. Atacama Desert, Chile
Most hot air balloon rides are recommended to be taken at sunrise, and this experience in Chile is no exception! Part of what makes this ride so spectacular is the beautiful views of the Valle de la Luna - Moon Valley, which owes its name to the lunar-like landscapes. Atacama Desert is primarily the driest desert in the world, full of raw rocks, salt deserts, dunes and dry land without vegetation. Balloon flights in Atacama can be booked at Balloons over Atacama.
4. Masai Mara, Kenya
What's better than a safari? Flying in a hot air balloon over Kenya! On this ride, beneath your basket there will be savannas, forests and swamps, and most importantly - you'll see many species of animals such as zebras, rhinos, buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, lions and more. The best time to visit Masai Mary is between July and October. A balloon safari can be booked at Governor's Balloon Safaris.
5. Queenstown, New Zealand
At this memorable destination, you will feel like you just walked onto the set of the Lord of the Rings (where the was filmed). Don't forget to take your camera along with you for this ride, because unforgettable views of mountains, lakes, fjords will be visible during your adventure. To book a flight at sunrise, follow this link here:
6. Albuquerque, New Mexico
Every year in October, an international balloon festival takes place in Albuquerque. Here you can count more than 500 balloons in the sky, making it the largest event of this type in the world. Admission to the festival costs $ 12, while for a 60-minute flight you will pay between $ 299 and $ 499 - to book visit: Rainbow Ryders.
7. San Carlos, Costa Rica
Every season of the year is recommendable to visit Costa Rica because of its mild climate. Balloon flights are also available all year round and are organized by Serendipity Adventures, the only balloon operator in Costa Rica. This 75-minute flight costs $ 345 and can be booked online at Serendipity Adventures.
(Photo: Serendipity Adventures)
8. Luxor, Egypt
Balloon rides are very popular in this region of Egypt. The Nile Valley, Karnak temple complexes and Luxor temple - while they look amazing from the ground, must also be viewed from above on a hot air balloon! You can book a balloon flight in Egypt here: Sinbad Hot Air Balloons.
9. Monument Valley, USA
Imagine flying over the red rocks, table mountains, plateaus and other rock forms in Mountain Valley. This valley is one of the most recognizable places in the United States and has been featured in many films such as "Return to the Past" and "Transformers". We recommended taking a visit from a hot air balloon for a brag-worthy adventure. You book your ride here: Hot Air Expeditions.