There are many exciting areas to explore in New Mexico's rich history, but none is as multi-faceted as that of the Jewish contributions to the culture of the region.Lunch: Lunch at the hotelAfternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Acoma Pueblo, one of the oldest pueblos in the state.
Acoma Pueblo, located approximately 65 miles from Albuquerque, is often called "Sky City." The oldest part of the pueblo was built on top of a 400-foot mesa, to protect it from attack. Much as it was several hundred years ago, the pueblo has no electricity and no running water, but its residents vie for the chance to live there for a year at a time. There are other pueblo villages at the base of the mesa, where most of the Acoma Indians dwell. We'll explore the Cultural Center and go to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the old part of the pueblo with a Native American guide. We'll see adobe dwellings and an old Spanish church, and meet some of the inhabitants of this remarkable historic place.
Our bus returns to Albuquerque at about 6:15.Dinner: Dinner at the hotelEvening: Optional video or evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll then go to Albuquerque's Old Town for independent explorations of the area, where the first Spanish families settled in 1706.
In 2006, Albuquerque celebrated its Tricentennial. Old Town represents Albuquerque's history: Spanish, Mexican, and the United States flags are displayed.
Buildings around the plaza and on the side streets are authentic adobes up to 300 years old, many built in the distinctive territorial style.
The church of San Felipe de Neri was used as a parish church for over 200 years.
The area is also a shopping center with shops selling goods ranging from fine arts and jewelry to tourist trinkets, and Indians selling their wares on the sidewalk.
Our bus will depart for the hotel at 5:15 PM. Those who wish may choose to stay in the Old Town area for dinner and return to the hotel on their own.Dinner: Dinner on our ownEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
The Palace of the Governors features historic documentation of the settling of the Santa Fe and northern New Mexico area. The New Mexico Museum of Art offers changing exhibits by famous past and present artists of New Mexico and the Southwest.
Bus leaves for return to Albuquerque at 5:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Albuquerque at 6:00 PM. Sweet Tomatoes offers a wide variety of items on a salad bar, including soups, breads and dessert options. It's a nice change of pace, allowing us to eat as much - or as little - as we like.
Evening: Bus returns to the hotel about 7:30 PMLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Check out of hotel by 12:00 PM.Lunch: Lunch at the hotel at 11:30 and closing comments will conclude this program.Afternoon: Independent departures from the MCM Elegante in Albuquerque. Hotel check-out time is no later than 12:00 PM.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch