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Jun 5, 2015

Coming Soon – Belize’s First Helium Balloon Ride

If you are to take a drive or walk along the Marine Parade in Belize City, there is an activity that is soon give you an adrenalin rush. The upcoming attraction will allow Belizeans and tourists to get a bird’s eye view of the city on a helium balloon. Belize Balloon Rides will be providing the service to the public and customers next week, but on Thursday, after taking all the necessary precautionary measures, the company started testing. The ride, almost similar to that of a hot air balloon at amusement parks, is a first in Belize and owner, Max Galas, was ecstatic about the new experience that will be available to the entire family.


Max Galas, Owner, Belize Balloon Rides

“A helium tethered balloon. What it means is that it is a balloon very much like a balloon that is given at the children parties and I just elevate it because of the gas being lighter than air. It is helium – helium is a non-flammable gas that occurs naturally. So what we do is we fill up the balloon with helium, which gives it a certain amount of drag, it is able to pull up. Underneath it is a gondola, a basket…people can enter the basket and in total silence, with no mechanized parts in the moving up process, the balloon slowly elevates itself to a height of approximately two hundred and fifty, two hundred and twenty feet. And from then on, you can have a look of beautiful Belize City.”


Max Galas


“Who is this for? Are you marketing it to tourists or it is for locals? What’s the idea behind this?”


Max Galas

“The idea of this is that it is for Belizeans and we open for anybody who comes to our premises. I think it is a very good idea that also visitors to Belize City can come and see the beauty of Belize. You can see the cayes over there, you can see the sea, you can see the river; you can see the structure of the city….the way it comes out and goes in; things that you wouldn’t normally see if you were traveling in a car. I think sometimes people just wanna see nature; sometimes they just wanna get away from the world and being up in a balloon is completely different from being up in a balloon. There is no noise, you are exposed to the elements and there is a feeling of—I get a feeling of—serenity when I am up there. So I think it differs on personal taste. People have different needs and I think they can find something up there.”


Duane Moody

“I know it is not opened as yet, but is there an idea of what the cost will be for those who come here?”


Max Galas

“Actually we are not opened.  His morning we inflated; at this moment we are doing adjustments, making trial runs. So right now we will only be opened for business next week. It’s an unspecified day as yet; we have to be absolutely ready. The cost of balloon ride, there is going to be two prices really. We want to make it affordable to everybody so after four o’clock in the afternoon when people finish work, the price is going to be thirty five dollars Belize. But it will be thirty-five U.S. otherwise. That’s our pricing for now.”

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