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“Mass Ascension from high above”
Review of Rainbow Ryders

Rainbow Ryders
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$209.00*
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Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Ride at Sunrise
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Owner description: "The Experience of a Lifetime Happening Right Now!" Rainbow Ryders Inc. Hot AIr Balloon Company is proudly celebrating 30 years of flight experience. Offering hot air balloon rides first thing in the morning at sunrise year round and sunset flights in the winter months. Enjoy your hour long flight over the beautiful Rio Grande Valley, upon landing you will be welcomed back to the ground with a celebratory toast and a light continental breakfast as you are presented your commemorative flight certificate. We have proudly flown over 170,000 passengers and are the official balloon ride operator of the Worlds Largest Balloon Event. Flying in PHOENIX and ALBUQUERQUE year round!
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Nevada
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403 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
“Mass Ascension from high above”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

Attending the Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta Oct 2013 is one of those things on bucket list.

Picked this company based on their claim as the only official Hot Air Balloon Ride at the Park and have friends already reserved the weekday sunrise ride.

Everything was perfect, weather condition, pilot professionalism and its obvious this company has done plenty of these balloon rides. The only thing is one has to get up really early prior to the actual launch. We actually ended up getting extra time because pilot had to find the proper landing spot to land and it was done expertly.

Only reason not giving full 5 stars is at almost $400 per person (we booked one month ahead, there probably is further discount if it was booked even earlier), whether it is of value I will let the readers decide. But certainly is a lot of fun and different perspective when aloft and watching hundreds of balloons all around you.

Visited October 2013
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you for such a positive review! we do apologize for the crew smoking. This is not supposed to happen. We will rectify this in the future. Please join us again next year as the Fiesta flights are 1 in a million! We love to hear we checked another bucket list.
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Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
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“Rainbow Ryders Hot Air Balloon Ride”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

We took a sunrise ride with Alfred Salazar and Bryan Davis at the balloon fiesta October 8 2013.
It was magical!! Alfred saw that we were avid photographers and made sure we got great shots. He knew what we wanted even before we did. We have flown previously with other companies and there was just no comparison. Alfred and Bryan knocked it out of the park! We got to see the balloon fiesta from a birds' eye view with the sun peeking over the Sandia mountains. This really is too great for a bucket experience...it needs to be repeated!

Brenda N and Marsha H

Visited October 2013
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you for your glowing review! Alfred is an amazing pilot. He and Bryan make a great team.
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Norman, Oklahoma, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Awesome check mark on the Bucket List”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

My wife and I took a Sunday afternoon flight during the first weekend of the 2013 Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta. The Pilot, Eduardo Martinez, and crew took excellent care of us and provided a Class A experience for our flight. From check-in to delivery back to the field, it was a marvelous experience.

Eduardo provided a running commentary through the duration of the flight as to what was happening, why, and what was going to happen next. The most interesting part to me was his talking aloud to us as to how and why he was choosing where we eventually landed.

For us, this was money very well spent.

Visited October 2013
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Yay! we love to help everyone have that check off the bucket list.
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Cleveland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Great Exerience”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

A great experience that I can now cross of my bucket list. Mike was a very seasoned pilot and provided a great ride. Easy landing thanks to him

Visited September 2013
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Thank you for sharing your great experience with us. We love to hear about it. Join us again soon!
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Hobe Sound, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Up Up and Away”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

It was a fantastic experience. It has been on my bucket list where better to do it than Alberquerque. The staff was very knowledgeable and extremely competent. I was concerned about the landing but it was as smooth as can be. The balloons are large so 12 people can fit into the basket. After the flight you toast each other with a glass of champagne. The end to a perfect flight.
Don't pass up this experience with Rainbow Ryders.

JM
Hobe Sound, Fla.

Visited September 2013
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RainbowRyders1, Owner at Rainbow Ryders, responded to this review, October 14, 2013
Another check off the bucket list. We love that this seems to be the theme for those that take hot air balloon rides! We love it. Thanks for the review.
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