EFEGuanajuato City, Mexico

Mexico's annual International Hot Air Balloon Festival (FIG) welcomed back crowds starting Friday after a one-year pause due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regarded as one of the three leading of events of its kind worldwide, the FIG has been held annually since 2001 in Leon, a city in the central state of Guanajuato, but was only viewable in digital format last year due to health protocols.

"It's now been several times I've watched (the event) on television and the Internet, and now that I had the chance with my partner we decided to come. The attention from the staff has been excellent. Everything's been very good, visually attractive, the (different) sizes, the colors, the shapes, everything," said Denis Garcia, who is visiting from the southeastern state of Quintana Roo.