Albuquerque Information

Albuquerque is New Mexico's largest city and offers a wide range of experiences for all ages and tastes. Albuquerque is a combination of the very old and the highly contemporary, the frontier town and the cosmopolitan city. It is famous for its multiculturalism reflected in its public art, museums and architecture. The city's petroglyphs, vistas, sunsets, food, historic attractions and lifestyle exist with and without tourism. The Albuquerque experience is wrapped up in four wonderful seasons.

Albuquerque is home to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and Kirtland Air Force Base as well as Sandia National Laboratories and Petroglyph National Monument. The Sandia Mountains run along the eastern side of Albuquerque and the Rio Grande flows through the city north to south.

Some of Albuquerque's wide variety of museums, shops and other points of interest include:

Old Town, the historic district of Albuquerque is dating from 1706 and is a popular shopping and tourist destination. Many of the buildings in Old Town are houses that have been converted into restaurants and small art and souvenir shops. The San Felipe de Neri Church is also located here; it is the oldest building in the city. Around Christmas, thousands of luminarias line the streets and walkways.
The American International Rattlesnake Museum is a museum located in Old Town Albuquerque. The museum is specialized in snakes, particularly rattlesnakes. It has the largest collection of different species of live rattlesnakes in the world, and claims to host more different species than the Bronx Zoo, the Philadelphia Zoo, the National Zoo, the Denver Zoo, the San Francisco Zoo, and the San Diego Zoo combined. The museum also offers a large collection of snake-related artwork, artifacts, and memorabilia and hosts a gift shop.
The Albuquerque Aquarium is part of the Albuquerque Biological Park. It exhibits Rio Grande freshwater species and Gulf of Mexico saltwater species from a variety of habitats, including estuarine, surf zone, shallow waters, coral reefs, open ocean and deep ocean. The hot spot of the aquarium is a 285.000 gallon ocean tank where brown, sandtiger, blacktip and nurse sharks swim alongside brilliantly colored reef fish, eels, sea turtles and open ocean species.

The Rio Grande Zoo is another facility part of the Albuquerque Biological Park. It offers more than 250 species of exotic and native animals, including species of seals and sea lions, chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans, elephants, polar bears, giraffes, hippos, camels, tamarins, koalas, Mexican wolves, mountain lions, monkeys, jaguars, zebras and rhinoceros. Sights include an Africa exhibit area, an Australia exhibit area, the "Catwalk", and Tropical America.

Another interesting place to see is The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. The Center is owned and operated by the 19 Indian Pueblos of New Mexico and dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of Pueblo Indian Culture, History and Art. The facility includes a 10.000 square feet museum of the authentic history and artifacts of traditional Pueblo cultures and their contemporary art. Also, traditional Indian dances and artist demonstrations are available to the public on Saturday and Sunday.