We all know, that holidays and vacations are the best, when they are spent with your family and friends. Albuquerque, New Mexico can provide you with an excellent getaway to make your family vacation memorable. It is a great place for an adventurous and luxurious vacation, where you can experience the richness and diversity of the local culture, and keep yourself busy with a variety of indoor and outdoor activities.
This place is loaded with events throughout the whole year, which include theater performances, art exhibits, cultural festivals, craft fairs, sporting events and a whole lot more. If you came to have your vacation in the month of October, the yearly Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is a must see. Just sit back and enjoy the awesome display of hundreds of hot air balloons covering the sky. The festival has been around for 41 years and counting, and it has made Albuquerque known as the world’s ballooning capital. Hot air ballooning is not limited to the days of the Balloon Fiesta though. You can sign up for air-balloon year round and take trips to various scenic sites, such as the valley of Rio Grande.
Enjoy the scenic sites of the town, while taking serene walks by the Bosque Trail, Albuquerque’s Historic Old Town and make sure to make a stop at the famous Petroglyph National Museum. Albuquerque serves as home to 17 museums, and visiting them can be a great educational indoor activity, both your family and your friends can enjoy. Your vacation in Albuquerque is not complete without visiting it’s renowned Rattlesnake Museum, with the world’s known largest live collection of rattlesnake species, ranging from the miniscule to the gigantic ones. Albuquerque’s science center, the Explora, is where you and your kids can play with toys and learn how things work through interactive exhibits.
If you feel more adventurous during your vacation, you may also consider a hiking trip on the breathtaking geological formations, surrounding the city. It could give you the opportunity to discover ancient ruins, petrified woods and even some Native-American petroglyphs. The hot spots for hiking are the Manzano Mountains, El Malpias, La Luz trail and Albuquerque’s Santa Fe National Forest, whereas the Sandia Mountain Trails are the best spots for biking.
You might even come across Albuquerque’s wildlife, which include deer, hawks, roadrunners as well as other animals. Biking is also a sought after activity in Albuquerque.
One of the famous spots for biking is the Sandia Mountain foothill. Other outdoor activities offered in and around the town include geocaching, jeep tour, rock climbing and bird watching, skiing, snowboarding and even fishing. Tingley Beach in Albuquerque provides one of the greatest saltwater fishing getaways on your vacation. There are a lot of other great sites for fishing in Albuquerque, as well, which include the Shady Lakes and Chama Rivers and other reservoirs like Pecos and Jemez.
If you feel like taking a travel vacation in cold winter months, you would surely enjoy Sandia Peak Ski Area, right at the back slopes of the Sandia Mountain, famous for it’s snowboarding and skiing trails. You can travel to the park, using the Sandia Peak Tram and enjoy the views below you. There’s a plethora of cafés and rental shops, catering to the visitors’ needs in Albuquerque’s Sandia Peak Ski Area.
Travelers and visitors also come to Albuquerque for its unique and sumptuous dishes which reflect its Native American roots and heritage. Their dishes display some popular Native American ingredients, such as squash and blue corn, mixed with classic Mexican and European flavors, featuring wheat flour, chili peppers or pork. Heavenly dishes, such as stacked enchiladas with roasted green chilies, the popular breakfast burrito or stuffed sopaipillas are a definitely a
You cannot travel to Albuquerque without sampling its delicious wine, which is said to be essential in having a healthy diet. The Valley of Rio Grande is known to be one of the oldest wine-regions in the United States. Local beers and wines are available in most of the city’s bars and restaurants.
You will find all of this in Querétaro, one of Mexico's safest cities - and one of its fastest growing. What makes Querétaro special? It doesn't take the traveler long to discover Querétaro's most notable offerings: the aqueduct, the plazas, and the local delicacy, enchiladas queretanas.
Located in the center of the country approximately 200 kilometers from Mexico City, Querétaro is an attractive and easily accessible destination for travelers. Also known by the name Santiago de Querétaro, it is the capital of and largest city in Querétaro state. (A Spanish pronunciation tip: the emphasis is on the second syllable of the word Querétaro, where there is an accent over the letter e.)
Querétaro's aqueduct is a striking visual symbol that once served a practical purpose: bringing water to the city from nearby natural water sources. It is now an admired attraction that can be viewed and photographed from various vantage points. The aqueduct consists of dozens of 20-meter high brick arches; residents usually refer to it as "Los Arcos" (the arches). It was completed in 1738, built with generous funding from el Marquis del Villar de Aguila, who is featured in a statue in the center of Querétaro's main plaza.
The plazas are the heart of Querétaro's Centro Historico. They are also great places to find food, arts, and entertainment. Plaza de Armas, the main square of the city, is located between Corregidora and Luis Pasteur boulevards in the Centro. This plaza is in front of the Government Palace, an old building where the famous Corregidora herself, Doña Josefa Ortiz de Dominguez, passed a message through a keyhole to secret conspirators to help kick off the rebellion against Spain in 1810 that led to Mexican independence.
Heading west from Plaza de Armas, stroll to Jardín Zenea (Zenea Garden), which features a small pedestal concert stage along with more statues, more greenery, and more festivity. Just south of Jardín Zenea is the Plaza Constitución, and Jardín Guerrero is found a couple of blocks west. There is also a smaller but always buzzing plaza at the corner of Ezequiel Montes and Arteaga streets, across from the Templo de Santa Rosa de Viterbo. There, the fountain features a light show accompanied by dramatic classical music.
Getting hungry? Enchiladas querétanas are a local food specialty. These aren't just any cheese or chicken enchiladas. The small, stuffed tortillas are drizzled with the regionally popular crema and topped with cheese, carrots, and potatoes. Many restaurants around town sell enchiladas querétanas, usually ranging in price from 30 to 70 pesos for the entrée. Look for one of the many Centro restaurants with a sandwich board advertising enchiladas, or if there is a festival happening in one of the plazas, you are likely to find a food vendor selling them.
Querétaro International Airport has daily flights from the U.S., connecting through Dallas or Houston. Passengers who fly into Mexico City's Benito Juarez Airport can take a bus directly from the Mexico City terminal to Querétaro's central bus station; from there, it is a short cab or city bus ride to the Centro.