Brothers Joseph-Michel and Jaques-Étienne Montgolfier were the pioneers of hot air ballooning. On the 4th of June of 1783, they succeeded in elevating a spherical bag made of linen wrapped in paper of 11 m in diameter, 800 m3 and 226 kg full of hot air, travelling 2 km for 10 minutes, reaching an altitude of almost 2,000 m.
In 1783, a first manned flight was made reaching a height of 3280.84ft.
In 1842, Don Benito León Acosta y Rubí de Celis, born in Guanajuato, managed to take off in a hot air balloon made by himself. It was the first time an aircraft ever flew over Mexico.
World Class Festival
The International Balloon Festival in León, Guanajuato was founded in 2002. It featured 27 Hot Air Balloons in its first edition.
The FIG keeps a sustained growth of 1,250% since its first edition. In 12 years, the FIG has gathered nearly 2 million spectators ,that keep coming back to this great event every year.
The Leon International Balloon Festival is currently the biggest and most important rally in Latin America, and one of the most renowned around the world. In 2014, the FIG featured 200 hot air balloons and pilots from 15 different countries that were seen by over 405,000 spectators. The State of Guanajuato and the City of the Leon, home town of the event, received an income of more than 400 million pesos and full hotel occupancy.
In 2014, the FIG is back and will feature 200 Hot Air Balloons from around the world, 25 of these will be Special Shaped Balloons. Enjoy a great program full of music, colors and joy with your family.