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Excellent experience!

We did a guided tour of the Bosque Express and had Charles as a guide. He was great and the scenery... read more

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Reviewed October 30, 2019
Francine S
Balloon Fiesta Float

Amazing time! Very well organized and the guides were absolutely awesome . Can’t wait to go back... read more

Reviewed October 29, 2019
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Reviewed October 18, 2019

Mike and his team get an A+ rating from our group of 12! We went down the river during the Balloon Fiesta and it was absolutely the BEST thing we did all week! The guides, Rio, Sauedo (sorry about the mispelling) and Chase, were top notch and were constantly watching for anything that would cause a problem along the way. Our safety was their prime concern but they also wanted us to have a good time, which we certainly did! We were so extremely lucky because the wind blew the balloons right over the river and we were able to see them "Splash and Dash". They even flew right over the great brunch table the guys were setting up for us and we could high 5 the pilots!
Everyone agreed that the price of the trip was not nearly enough for the experience we had. Thank you to everyone at Quiet Waters Paddling. Everyone was very kind, from the guys handing out and taking care of our kayaks and gear to the guides paddling with us down the Rio Grande River. WORTH EVERY PENNY AND THEN SOME! Thanks guys!

Date of experience: October 2019
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

Wow - Thanks so much for the awesome review! If TripAdvisor was a message board, I'd put a sticky on this one.

The river IS the best thing to do in ABQ, whether you're here for the Fiesta, or just happen to be in town at another time of year. It's startling - and more than a little sad - that there remains thousands of locals completely clueless about the spectacular river that's right here in Albuquerque.

Your group did hit the jackpot in respect to the balloons. As I mentioned in a reply critical of our pricing, the best way to look at Fiesta is that you're getting a great daybreak float trip that would be reasonable at $75.00. The premium's a raffle ticket.

Thanks again for taking the time to post a review!

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Reviewed October 15, 2019

Helpful staff. Flexible, adaptable, reassuring. Good directions for beginners. Inspired confidence. Beautiful way to see the Rio, with hardly a sign that we were in the middle of Albuquerque.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

Thanks, Alisabeth - the Rio immediately adjacent to ABQ always surprises those seeing it for the first time. Long stretched feel like wilderness.

The title reference to lack of traffic is great, too. While there are constant issues with snarled traffic at the park during Balloon Fiesta, we're driving along nearly abandoned roads on our way to the river, and are generally able to get back to the office with minimal traffic problems following the trip as well.

Thanks again for taking the time to post a review.

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Reviewed October 14, 2019

Best experience I have had! I enjoyed every moment of this adventure! I have recommended it to everyone. I have shown them pictures of our trip. Guides were so helpful and professionals.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

Thanks for the review! Our guides work hard, and it's always nice to see the positive feedback.

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Reviewed October 11, 2019

This was an incredible adventure. The guides were top notch. The equipment was well maintained and the activity ran without a single glitch. The lunch was A+ with smoked salmon, yogurt, blueberries, raspberries and delicious granola. Wonderful day.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to post a review, Luzanne. We did have a couple of glitches this year (I hung a duffle bag full of forgotten thermoses of coffee on a riverside branch this year), but I think we managed them pretty well.

Happy to hear you enjoyed the outing - thanks again!

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Reviewed October 11, 2019

Kayaking on the Rio Grande during Balloon Fiesta was amazing! Guides were excellent, balloons landed all around us on river while we stopped on a sandbar to eat breakfast.

Date of experience: October 2019
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Michael H, Owner at Quiet Waters Paddling Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2019

Thanks, Aria. Sounds like you were among the raffle winners this year!

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