Where to Go Hot Air Ballooning for an Unforgettable Experience

Daniela Ramos

Dreaming of tucking yourself into a basket and soaring through the skies? A hot air balloon flight is a magical way of experiencing a destination and appreciating it from a different angle!

From Lake Tahoe in California, down to Mexico, and all the way south to the savannas of sub-Saharan Africa and onto ancient stupas in southeast Asia, here are the ten ultimate hot air ballooning destinations.

Lake Tahoe, California

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Backdropped by the snow-capped mountains of the Sierra Nevada lies the majestic Lake Tahoe. Its blue waters, fresh mountain air, and incredible peaks that surround it make Lake Tahoe a stunning landscape to gawk at from a hot air balloon.

Atacama Desert, Chile

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The Atacama Desert in Chile boasts of being one of the most ethereal-looking landscapes in the world, so much that its Mars-like appearance has made it a location for outer space scenes in movies and television series! This incredible hot air balloon journey will have you floating over Salar de Atacama, which is one of the largest salt flats in the world. The white caps in the mountains are not snow, they’re actually made of salt!

While floating, you might be able to spot flocks of flamingos making their way to cobalt blue lakes while gazing at amazing vistas of the Andes mountains in the background.

Teotihuacan, Mexico

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Once a Mesoamerican great city and considered one of the world’s most important archeological sites, Teotihuacan boasts two great pyramids that represent the Sun and the Moon, but various smaller temples add up to this pre-Hispanic city’s magical allure.

Floating over this city is truly like taking a trip back in time when the Americas were still untouched by the modern world. A hot air balloon flight over the ruins will make you wonder just how little of it has actually been discovered by archaeologists and the untold stories yet to be unfolded.

Bagan, Myanmar

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Once the majestic capital of a powerful kingdom, Bagan has become an archaeological rival to places like Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat. Boasting more than 3,000 ancient temples and surrounded by breathtaking nature, a journey on a hot air balloon over Bagan is the perfect opportunity to soar over one of Southeast Asia’s most iconic landscapes.

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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Serengeti National Park offers a mind-boggling experience. As if visiting a safari wasn’t exciting enough, Serengeti offers visitors the chance to float over it in a hot air balloon, a glass of champagne in hand included!

The Serengeti is full of wildlife and spotting animals in the wild is very common. It is home to the world-renowned Wildebeest migration and the dwelling spot for Africa’s iconic Big Five. Watching it all from the sky is a truly unforgettable experience.

Namib Desert, Namibia

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The Namib desert is known for its endless sand dunes stretching all across Namibia’s coastline, and its very peculiar dead-tree valleys. Namib desert is the oldest on Earth and its Jupiter-like ambience has become the home to desert-adapted elephants and other strange flora and fauna that have managed to survive and thrive in one of the world’s harshest environments. Watching it all from a hot air balloon is simply amazing!

Cappadocia, Turkey

Located deep in the Anatolian Plains of Turkey, Cappadocia’s views enchant visitors. Rigid valleys, color palettes, and troglodyte dwellings carvings make this Turkish beauty the ultimate spot for a hot air balloon ride.

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The journey has been full of highs and lows of all sorts – of grand adventures, heartbreak, self-discovery, screw ups, and lonely roads. I wouldn’t change any of it. While I’m no longer traveling full-time anymore and I am now based in the wonderland that is Mexico City, you’re more likely to find me in some far-off place than at home. I’m a firm believer in the law of attraction, and I hope my stories inspire you to take the leap and follow your dreams!


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