Fly To Albuquerque, New Mexico
Albuquerque has somewhat of an understated charm – based more on its locals than somesort of urban sparkle. It’s the largest city in New Mexico and it’s filled with history and delicious restaurants. In fact, it’s so much more than just a dot on Route 66.
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Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a U.S. Visa to visit New Mexico or anywhere else in the United States. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in the United States is in Washington at 3400 International Drive, NW, District of Columbia, 20008, Washington D.C. Phone: +1-202-232-4400.
See and do
Start off at Albuquerque Biological Park which includes an aquarium, Botanical Garden, Zoo and beach. You can get combination tickets which include a train ride which runs between the aquarium, gardens and zoo. The zoo itself makes for a fun day out – they have all the popular species and everyday there are scheduled feedings, activities and sometimes outdoor concerts. The aquarium focuses on saltwater species from the Gulf of Mexico like eels, jellyfish and reef fish. The shark tank is a big highlight. The Botanical Garden offers lots of different gardens to explore with a focus on desert plants. The glass conservatory is a particular highlight as is the indoor butterfly garden.
The Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum is something a little different. It overlooks the balloon launch field and is dedicated to the history and science of ballooning.
Head to the Old Town for some great sightseeing. The city was founded in 1706 and offers 18th century architecture, brick paths and loads of small restaurants and shops. You’ll also find a central plaza and gazebo. There are plenty of museums nearby to the Old Town too.
It’s hard to get lost in the city which means hiring a car isn’t a bad option. There is always some sort of road construction going on, but it’s not difficult to navigate your way around. There is also a good bus system, if you prefer, but it is reduced during the weekends. An express bus, the Rapid Ride, runs frequently and is a better option. The fares are around $1 for a ride and there are discounts available. You can also get a day pass.
Alternatively, hire a bike to explore Albuquerque. Do keep in mind that the city is pretty hilly so this isn’t an option for the faint hearted!
Albuquerque International Sunport – ABQ
Food and beverage: Black Mesa Coffee/Bakery, Los Cuates.
Currency Exchange: There are several ATMs throughout the airport offering different currencies.
Lost Luggage: Contact the Transportation Security Administration (TSA): (505) 2464100. This is a 24 hour line.
Airport Hotels: None on site but nearby is Staybridge Suites, Days Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites (there is a 24 hour shuttle to this hotel from the airport).
Car Hire: Advantage, Alamo, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, National, Thrifty. The rental offices can be accessed by shuttle bus on Level 1.
Airport Hub: Albuquerque International Sunport (code ABQ) is a hub for New Mexico Airlines.