Land of Enchantment, Land of Many Cultures
PLAN YOUR TRIP
Prices are set per person, per double occupancy, and do not include airfare, travel insurance or gratuities. Please contact us for an exact quote.
September 26 - October 2, 2020
October 3 - 9, 2020
PRIVATE GROUP DATES
Best in May, September & October
TRIP LENGTH & GROUP SIZE
7 days, 6 nights; 4 -12 guests
Easy to Moderate
Enjoy a walking tour of historic downtown Santa Fe, wandering its winding paths and streets and visiting its early Spanish colonial monuments
Hike among ancient Ancestral Puebloan ruins and discover cave dwellings at Bandelier National Park
Explore the 1000-year-old Taos Pueblo World Heritage Site with a native guide, and hike into the deep Rio Grande Del Norte, one of the newest national monuments in the park system
Soak your bones in the healing hot springs of Ojo Caliente, wander above Ghost Ranch, and see the area’s dinosaur fossils
Taste the unique flavors of New Mexican cuisine, and experience its native, Spanish, and modern influences
ABOUT YOUR EXPEDITION
New Mexico: Land of Enchantment, Land of Many Cultures
To explore New Mexico is to discover a different time, place and reality. As the geological collision of the red rocks of Utah, the mountains of Colorado and the plains of the Midwest, it has served as a crossroads of the native Pueblo and Plains peoples, the Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglo settlers traveling westward on the Santa Fe Trail. As a result, New Mexico’s cultural tapestry today is rich, an artistic hotbed of everything from ancient and folk art to the modern and avant-garde. With ancient ruins, breathtaking landscapes, and a vibrant and colorful culture, it’s small wonder that New Mexico is known as “The Land of Enchantment.”
This eye-opening adventure takes you through Northern New Mexico’s most enchanting places from its ancient origins, through Spanish occupation and into American statehood. Start in the capitol city of Santa Fe, the last point of the Santa Fe Trail, an ancient trading post, and the southernmost point of the Rocky Mountains. Discover its unique adobe architecture, Spanish colonial origins, and the art galleries of Canyon Road. Continue on to Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that will redefine what you know about America’s native cultures. In this mysterious town, you’ll summit into the high alpine of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, taking in incredible views stretching miles in every direction, and hike into the depths of the Rio Grande del Norte, one of the park’s service’s newest national monuments. No visit to the Land of Enchantment is complete without seeing Bandelier National Park, where you’ll hike among the ruins of the ancient Anasazi people. Then, head to Ojo Caliente, whose natural hot springs and healing waters have attracted people for thousands of years. End your visit wandering the nearby colorful cliffs of Ghost Ranch, where Georgia O’Keefe painted and dinosaurs once roamed, before returning to Santa Fe.
After unforgettable days on the trail, you’ll relax and unwind in quintessential New Mexican hospitality, with charming hotels and inns adorned in southwestern décor, and local farm-to-table restaurants specializing in hearty, spicy and delicious regional fare. Come and discover for yourself why New Mexico is truly the Land of Enchantment—a short voyage into the American West yet another world away!
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“Elsewhere the sky is the roof of the world;
but here the earth was the floor of the sky.”