Mexico Has Good Air Days
A flock of hot-air balloons is taking flight at this November’s León International Balloon Festival.
Thousands of locals and visitors are expected to wake up early to catch hot-air balloons rising over León at the 17th annual Festival Internacional del Globo (Nov. 16-19) in Mexico. The world’s third-largest hot-air balloon festival attracts globos from 23 countries, including Canada, Spain, Germany and the U.S.
“The weather is amazing,” says Scott Aamodt of Minnesota-based Aamodt’s Hot Air Balloon Rides, which is sending two balloons and their crews to the festival. “We often have to wait many days in a row to find a favorable flying day in Minnesota. In the 11 years that we’ve been going to León, we missed just one flight because of strong wind.”
At night, the balloons are tethered to the ground for an illuminating spectacle known as the “night glow,” when pilots fire their burners to music.