Apparently the number one thing to do is the Sandia Peak Tramway so we got our shit together and headed there. It is essentially a cable car that takes you on a fifteen minute trip up this insanely large mountain to the top of Sandia Peak.
Once we got there the queue for tickets was crazy long (not sure if this was due to the balloon festival or what). In the queue though I saw this sign that explained the New Mexico state symbol which I loved. I personally love all things square / four-part related so this spoke out to me.
We decided to hit up the cafe at the peak which was called Sandiago’s Mexican Grill (I guess we went to a lot of Mexican places on this trip haha). I got the tacos and it was pretty delicious but way too much for me. Even though I’ve lived in the states for two years now I still suck at finishing their portions.
The ‘flight’ really reminded me of Ngong Ping 360 in Hong Kong which is a 3.5 mile cable car journey I went on a few years ago. This journey was really stunning and the views of downtown Albuquerque and the desert were breathtaking. We managed to start heading up as the sun was setting and the colours were incredible and so rich, I’d definitely recommending going up at this time. If you are really nervous about heights this might not be the best thing for you as there are times you’re just out in the open with no towers and a really long drop underneath you.
I think we stayed up there for a good hour until we essentially froze our butts off. We ended up driving straight home and crawling into our warm beds after a supermarket stop. Tomorrow was the big day after all so we had an early night!