Nov. 19 - The 2012 Leon International Festival takes off with scores of hot air balloons cruising the skies. Elly Park reports.
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A hot air balloons is getting readied for liftoff.
It's among dozens taking part in the 11th annual Leon International Balloon Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Started in 2002 with just 27 balloons, the festival has grown to become the biggest in Latin America, drawing pilots from 14 different countries last year.
Peter Pierre, from the United States, says it's his 10th visit.
SOUNDBITE: Hot Air Balloon Pilot from Fresno, California, Peter Pierre, saying (English)
"The people have been great, we are very happy to come down and fly. As you can see the beautiful sky with all of the balloons, it's always real good flying here, we really enjoy it."
Besides pilots, the festival also attracts thousands of spectators.
SOUNDBITE: Visitor From Mexico City, Jacqueline Gutierrez, saying (Spanish)
"The balloons are varied, very colorful, unique to each company and the idea is good."
A sky filled with dozens of balloons, butterflies and even Elvis is without a doubt a beautiful sight.
But perhaps the best view is reserved for the pilots who soar high above Leon's Metropolitan Ecological Park.