Cheap flights to New Mexico

The Land of Enchantment is associated with cowboys, sangrias, desert plains, enchiladas, adobe buildings, pueblos and more - American state New Mexico fuses the best of Spanish culture with American influences, making it a one-of-a-kind cultural experience. First inhabited by indigenous tribes before becoming colonised by the Spanish in 1540, New Mexico used to be known as New Spain during its time under Spanish rule (but dropped it after establishing independence). The territory subsequently became the 47th U.S state in 1912, taking the nickname of the ‘Land of Enchantment’, but still harbours traces of its European past till today - New Mexico has the highest population of Hispanics in the country (by percentage), and also reflects its Spanish heri-tage in its yellow and red state flag.

With an area of more than 120,000 square miles, New Mexico is one of the largest states in the USA and is bordered by Arizona, Colorado, Oklahoma, Texas and Utah. The land is richly en-dowed with mineral resources such as potassium salts, petroleum, copper, gold, silver, zinc and more, making it one of the country’s leading producers in these products.

Getting around

As with most US states, the best way to get around New Mexico is by car; the entire region is road-trip-friendly, with an extensive network of well-developed highways and roads and plenty of amazing scenery along the way. For those who’d prefer not to helm their own vehicle, the New Mexico Rail Runner express is available for speedy inter-city transport.

What to see and do

If in New Mexico, don’t miss a visit to the state’s most famous attraction: the Carlsbad Caverns National Park, a labyrinthine series of huge caves and subterranean chambers formed when sul-phuric acid in underground petroleum reserves dissolved the limestone of the bedrock. With some of the deepest and largest underground caves in the world (the Big Room is more than 1,000 metres long, 191 metre wide and almost 80 metres high) the Carlsbad Caverns are truly a sight to behold. On top of the amazing number and size of its chambers, the Caverns are also home to a humungous flock of bats more than 200,000 in number. Visitors are able to witness the entire flock take flight in an amphitheater in the evening, and watch them return to the cave in the morning. Amazingly, the Caverns were mostly discovered by a young boy known as Jim White, who had explored them using nothing more than a homemade wire ladder.

Flights to New Mexico

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