Bus returns to the hotel by 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at a selected restaurantEvening: Free evening at leisure or optional videoLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The northern New Mexico village of Chimayó is much as it has been for over 200 years. Upon arrival, you'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, which has been called the "Lourdes of Northern New Mexico," because of the reputed healing powers of the earth found inside.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de ChimayóAfternoon: After lunch, you'll visit a local weaver's studio. Chimayó is home to several families who have been known for their beautiful weaving for many, many years. These Hispanic weavings are different from those of Native American origin, and it's interesting to see all of the things that can be made from the beautiful naturally dyed wool that is used.
The bus then departs for a scenic trip to Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit with Paul Speckled Rock at his pottery studio.
Santa Clara Pueblo is one of the friendliest pueblos of northern New Mexico, welcoming visitors.
The pueblo is famous for its blackware and redware pottery. Mr. Speckled Rock and his wife, Rosalda, offer a talk about how the pottery is made at Santa Clara, and they'll talk about the families who are best known for their pottery.
The bus will then return to Santa Fe.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Video: "Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist"Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
If you'd like, you can remain in the downtown area and explore on your own. You can visit the downtown Museums of New Mexico, ride the "Santa Fe Pickup" around the downtown area, or take a public bus to other parts of Santa Fe; just riding on the buses for an hour or two can give you a broader perspective of what the city is all about.
If you choose not to return to the hotel on our bus, you'll need to make your own arrangements for transportation back to the hotel when you're ready to return.Dinner: Dinner is on your own tonight. Your group leader can offer suggestions for restaurants near the hotel and in the downtown area.Evening: FREE EVENINGLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Taos Pueblo is closed for its annual "quiet time," so instead, you'll stop to visit San Ildefonso Pueblo on the way to Taos.
After continuing on to Taos, you'll stop briefly at San Francisco de Asís Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos.Lunch: Lunch at selected restaurantAfternoon: After lunch, there will be a walking exploration and some free time at Taos Plaza. Then depart by bus for the Millicent Rogers Museum and the Rio Grande Gorge.
Bus departs at 4:30 for return to Santa Fe, arriving back by 6:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Special presentation after dinner by Ronald Roybal, an award-winning Native American flutist, guitarist, and singer. He'll tell you about his background, his music (he's a composer as well as an historian of Native American music) and his life as a musician.Lodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After class, depart for Museum Hill, where you'll explore the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Museum of International Folk Art. The Museum of Indian Arts and Culture is one of the State of New Mexico museums, and features pottery, jewelry, sculpture, baskets, and other objects made by Native Americans from all over the United States. Most of the work is from the Southwest. It's a beautiful museum on Museum Hill, and we think you'll enjoy going there.Lunch: Lunch at Museum Hill CaféAfternoon: Continue museum visits after lunch, then return to the hotel for some free time before dinner.Dinner: Dinner and closing comments at the hotel from 6:00 to 7:30 PMLodging: The Lodge at Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check-out time from the hotel is 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast