There is nothing more magical than a hot air balloon, that goes up in the air without any propellant, but rather thanks to a game between gas and air currents. People who are lucky enough to have traveled this way agree that there is no such experience.
The writer Jules Verne, who always focused on the world of fantasy and adventure, published “Five Weeks in a Balloon” in 1863. This book tells the story of an English explorer who crossed the African continent with this method. Verne himself had never yet traveled this way, but the idea fascinated him so much that he would do it in 1873, on a flight of about two hours.
Today, there are many places where you can book a tour on a hot air balloon throughout the world. Don’t know where to go? No worries! In this article, we’ve gathered a list of 6 places where you could enjoy a flight on these amazing balloons.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
The views of nature from a balloon in Africa are unparalleled. Balloon safaris in the Serengeti National Park in Africa are experiences from another world. From the sky, you can see the lions, hippos, and giraffes, without altering the environment in any way or disturbing the animals.
The city is famous for its geological formations that can be appreciated in its characteristic hot air balloon rides. Declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco, this place is a mandatory stop. Here is also the Goreme Open Air Museum, which resembles a monastic complex made up of dozens of monasteries placed side by side, each with its own church. The first settlements in this place date back to the 3rd century, when the Romans built the first ones. Even though some are still inhabited, many of the houses became ruins much visited by tourism.
“The Canberra Balloon Spectacular” is one of the most famous hot air balloon festivals in the world, and is in the top five of the largest in the balloon. Colors, sound, and movement mix in a dreamlike atmosphere. Attendees can have picnics, hang out on the grass, and take amazing photos of one of the world’s longest-running and most prestigious hot air balloon festivals.
In this way, in March, locals and tourists from all over the world can come to this place in the Australian capital to enjoy one of the most impressive visual spectacles on the globe.
Napa Valley, California
Pausing in a hot air balloon and flying over the Californian Nappa Valley in the United States is an experience that will not be easily forgotten. The starting points are Yountville, Pope Valley, or Paradisa. The panoramic views of the vineyards and the mountains are unrepeatable.
The enchanted, medieval-style villages of Château d’Oex in the middle of the Swiss Alps are the perfect setting for a hot air balloon flight. There are routes here during the four seasons, although the experience is exceptionally incredible and picturesque during winter in January. During one week of that month, the hot air balloon festival “Semaine Internationale de Ballons à Air Chaud” is also held.
Atacama Desert, Chile
The Atacama Desert is the driest place on the planet. In a 37-year period, it only rained four times. This magical place’s appearance was achieved thanks to years of erosion, which created an arid but awe-inspiring environment. It is one of the major tourist attractions in Chile, to which thousands of people come every year, and it was declared, in 1982, a “sanctuary of nature”. That
is why your hot air balloon trips are so attractive, especially those made during sunrise, a time when the colors of the sky and the earth transport you to a magical world.
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