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The city of air balloons
The homeland of one of the most iconic TV series in history

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Population

Albuquerque is home to over 560,000 people, while the metropolitan area has a population of about 1.1 million. The ratio of men to women is 49 by 51%. The average age of the citizens is 36 years.  Most of the population (39%) is white, 34% is Hispanic, and 11% is of other races. Albuquerque is also home to Native Americans (5%), representatives of two or more races (5%), African Americans (3%), and Asians (3%).

The majority of Albuquerque residents are Christians. Besides them, there are representatives of Eastern religions (Buddhism, Hinduism), Jews, and Muslims in the city.

A brief history

Albuquerque was founded in 1706 by Spanish colonizers. Initially, it was called Los Ranchos de Albuquerque and had only 18 families living there.  Soon, the city became a military post on the way to El Camino Real. Until 1821, there had been a Spanish guardhouse here; later, the Mexicans settled in Albuquerque. After the attack of the Americans in New Mexico, from 1846 to 1867, there had been a garrison of the U.S. Army.

The city was built according to the standard Spanish plan — there were government buildings, residential houses, and a church around the central square. Despite the defense function, farming was the main activity of the inhabitants. Thus, Albuquerque became a western sheep breeding center. 

At the beginning of the XX century, the city was inhabited by about eight thousand people. A tram ran here, and the campus of the University of New Mexico had already been established. After the opening of the famous Highway 66 in 1926, travelers went to Albuquerque. New motels were built for them; restaurants and souvenir shops were opened.

In the 1960s, many of the city's historic buildings were destroyed because of government programs aimed at improving and renovating infrastructure. Modern skyscrapers and parking lots were built instead. In 2010, the authorities in Albuquerque began restoring the historical appearance of the center. 

Throughout its history, the city's population has steadily increased. In 2007, Albuquerque was ranked sixth among the fastest-growing cities in America.

Trip budget

Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:

Hotels
booking

from 71 $/night

Apartment
rental

from 104 $/night

Taxi
fare

Start - 2.25 $, 1km - 1.37 $

Gasoline

0.66 $/liter

Average bill
in restaurant

50 $ for 2 person

The best time to visit Albuquerque

The climate in Albuquerque is deserted and dry. Only about 215 mm of precipitation falls here per year.  Four seasons are clearly distinguished in the city. Winters are short and almost without snow, with an average temperature of +3 °C. Spring is the driest, but also the windiest time of the year. From March to May, the temperature rises from +9 °C to +19 °C. In summer, the air can warm up to +38 °C, but on average, these figures are about +30 °C. In autumn, the temperature is approximately the same as in spring. 

The annual Wine Festival takes place in May and brings together representatives of over 100 wineries. The festival features live music concerts, delicious food, and a variety of wines.

In October, the most significant event in Albuquerque is the Balloon Festival. Over 500 colorful giants are launched into the sky for nine days. It is the largest similar event in the world, which attracts tourists from all over the globe.

Useful notes

Albuquerque Airport and the Old Town have tourist centers, where everyone is provided with information about excursions, museums, useful services for travelers and places to eat. The center at the airport is open 24 hours a day.

One trip on the bus will cost $1. But it is more advantageous to take a travel card with unlimited trips. You can do it right on the bus. The cost of a one-day pass is $2, a two-day pass is $4, and a three-day pass is $6.

The official Albuquerque tourist website has a handy map with all the places associated with the "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" series.

What should a tourist do in Albuquerque?

  • Visit the locations of the filming of the legendary "Breaking Bad" series. There are about three dozen of them all over the city, while the majority is concentrated in the center. Anyone can visit the restaurant "Twister", which played the part of "Los Pollos Hermanos" of Gus Fring, see the car wash "Octopus", owned by the family of White, see the houses of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. And in "The Candy Lady" store, you can buy caramels in the form of those blue "crystals". You can also take a tour showing locations where Avengers, Transformers, Logan, Terminator, and many other films were shot.
  • Enjoy the panorama of the city from a bird's-eye view. It is best to do it in a balloon — it is not for nothing that Albuquerque is called the capital of aeronautics. The flights are made every day if weather conditions allow.
  • Try New Mexico cuisine at the restaurant "El Pinto", which is over fifty years old. It is a family business, where they cook not only traditional dishes from organic products but also sauces according to the author's recipes. In "El Pinto", you can taste delicious chili ribs, classic guacamole and nacho, steaks, enchiladas and, of course, tacos and burritos. You should definitely try the Margarita cocktail.
  • Learn about the traditions and history of the Pueblo Indians at the eponymous cultural center. It hosts exhibitions and meetings with artists, as well as Native American folk dance events. The restaurant, which is also located here, serves traditional Indian cuisine.
  • Climb Mount Sandia (3163 m) with the help of the cable car of the same name, which is approximately four kilometers long. It goes over a deep picturesque canyon. There is an incredible view from the observation deck at the top of the mountain. It is best enjoyed at sunset when the desert lights up with such colors that it takes your breath away. 
  • Walk around the Old Town, where colonial buildings of the XVIII century have been preserved. Here you will find the main square, administration building, and cozy restaurants. In this part of the city, you can not pass by the church of San Felipe de Neri, which is the oldest building in Albuquerque.

Hotels in Albuquerque

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