Float above gorgeous landscapes in a hot air balloon. Here are five of the world’s best.
Arenal National Park, Costa Rica
What: Soar high above Arenal National Park’s steamy rainforests to spot monkeys. On a clear day, you can see the eruptions of the active Arenal Volcano.
Masai Mara, Kenya
What: Spot lions and elephants from the safety of
a hot air balloon. Masai Mara’s treeless plains are perfect for ballooning trips as it means that the animals have nowhere to hide. The glorious savannah scenery can be savoured from above too.
Yarra Valley, Australia
What: Victoria’s Yarra Valley
is one of Australia’s best wine regions. Drift over the valley’s gorgeous patchwork of vineyards, lush hillsides, farms and forests by taking a balloon ride at sun rise, then have a glass of wine when you land.
Valley of the Kings, Egypt
What: Watch the sun rise over ancient Thebes, the City of
the Dead, and see families sleeping on mud roofs.
Enjoy views of the Nile and mountains, followed by the tombs of Tutankhamun
and Queen Hatshepsut.
What: Float in a hot-air balloon over Cappadocia’s valleys and freaky-shaped pillars or “fairy chimneys”, formed by the erosion of soft volcanic rock. Thanks to the steady air currents, balloon pilots are able to fly almost every day of the year. The reliable thermals also mean that balloons can drift very
close to the ground.