Acoma Pueblo, known as "Sky City," was settled possibly as early as A.D. 900. It is situated on top of a 376 foot high sandstone bluff.
You'll learn about the Spanish conquistadors who occupied it in 1599, the filmmakers who helped build the road that goes to the top of the mesa, and the 6,000 residents who today either live in two nearby villages or in the Pueblo itself.
You'll walk through the ancient village, see the large mission church and meet some of the pueblo residents during your field trip.
Bus departs for Santa Fe at 2:30 PM, arriving at the hotel about 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Lecture and performance from 7:00 - 8:00 PM, where you'll hear music of the southwest, taught by Native American professional musician and scholar, Ronald Roybal.
Ron is an award-winning musician dedicated to the preservation of traditional Native American music as well as being a composer of some of his own.
He's a fine singer, guitarist and Native American flute player, and your evening with him will be unlike any other evening of your life! He's a delightful presenter in every way.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs for Santa Fe at 11:00 AM.Lunch: Lunch from 11:30 - 12:30 at Museum Hill CafeAfternoon: After lunch you'll visit the Museum of International Folk Art and the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, both part of the State of New Mexico Museums system. The MIAC offers a huge collection of pottery, basketry, rugs, jewelry and artifacts, mostly from tribes of the southwest region. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and documented. The International Folk Art Museum features the huge collection of folk art of Alexander Girard. Displayed in charming scenarios, you'll be fascinated by this delightful museum. Both museums have great gift shops as well!
Depart at 2:15 for the State Capitol building to see its art collection.
Following the Capitol visit, the bus will take you to the Plaza area where you can explore on your own. You'll receive passes to visit the State of New Mexico museums there as you choose, or you can browse in the Plaza area.
The bus will depart from downtown at 5:30 PM to return to the hotel, or, if you wish, you may stay downtown for dinner on your own. You can get back to the hotel via taxi or city bus (schedules at front desk at hotel).Dinner: Dinner on your own tonight. You may return to the hotel and dine at a restaurant close by if you wish, or remain in the downtown area where there are many fine restaurants.
Your group leader will have some suggestions for you, if you'd like restaurant recommendations. Return to the hotel after dinner on your own, via cab or city bus.Evening: Free evening for more time in Santa Fe or rest and relaxation.Lodging: DoubleTree by Hilton Santa FeMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
First, visit Santa Clara Pueblo, where you'll visit the pottery studio of Paul and Rosalda Speckled Rock at 9:30 AM. Santa Clara is one of the most popular pueblos for visitors. Its tribal members are among the most artistically active of all the pueblos, and fine works by Santa Clara artists can be found in a large number of shops and studios in the village. Santa Clara ancestors most likely migrated south from the Four Corners region, eventually reaching the Pajarito Plateau on the eastern slope of the Jemez Mountains between A.D. 1100 and 1300. Today, Santa Clara is home to about 2600 people. The tribe's 47,000 acres still supports some farming. A small casino and bowling center in Espanola should help fund additional tribal endeavors.
Bus departs for Taos at 10:30 AM. On arrival in Taos, there will be a brief stop at San Francisco de Asis Mission Church in Ranchos de Taos.Lunch: Lunch at the Trading Post Cafe in TaosAfternoon: This afternoon you'll visit the Martinez Hacienda, an example of a Spanish/Mexican Hacienda with many outbuildings, all representing the Spanish Colonial era.
Bus travels on to hotel for check-in at about 4:00 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Optional videoLodging: The Sagebrush InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
After the Pueblo, the bus will travel to the Millicent Rogers Museum, scheduled for a 10:30 AM visit. Here, visitors enjoy many outstanding historical collections of Native American art and jewelry, contemporary paintings, weavings, and pottery, including the Maria Martinez family collection. Also showcased are Hispanic textiles, metal work and sculpture, as well as a wide range of contemporary Anglo-European Southwestern Art.
The bus then departs for the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, locally known as the "High Bridge." This is a cantilever truss bridge across the Rio Grande Gorge 10 miles northwest of Taos. At 650 feet above the Rio Grande, it is the fifth highest bridge in the United States.Lunch: You'll have a boxed lunch at the picnic area at Rio Grande Gorge BridgeAfternoon: Bus departs at 1:00 PM for the downtown area, where you'll meet your Taos step-on guide who will take you to see the WPA murals at the old county courthouse.
After the courthouse visit, you'll go to the Ernest Blumenschein Home.
This was the home of painter Ernest L. Blumenschein, a co-founder of the Taos Art Colony and one of the "Famous Seven." It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1965.
You'll then have some free time to explore Taos Plaza and nearby Bent Street.
Meet as a group at 5:15 PM and walk to a restaurant near the Plaza for dinner.Dinner: Dinner at Antonio's "A Taste of Mexico" from 5:30 - 7:00 PMEvening: Bus departs for the hotel, arriving by 7:30 PM. Free evening for rest and relaxation.Lodging: The Sagebrush InnMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
You'll also visit one of the shops in Chimayó to see some examples of the beautiful weavings, produced by families in Chimayó that have created these works of art for centuries.
Bus departs for lunch destination at 11:00 AM.Lunch: Lunch at Rancho de ChimayóAfternoon: Bus continues on to Albuquerque after lunch.
You'll gain an overview of the geological aspects surrounding the city as well as learning some interesting facts about its history.
Upon arrival in Albuquerque, at about 2:30 PM, you'll visit the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.
Depart for the hotel at 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner at the hotel from 6:00 - 7:00 PMEvening: Optional video from 7:30 - 9:30 PMLodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
We'll depart at 11:30 AM for lunch destination.Lunch: Lunch at Sweet Tomatoes restaurant. Sweet Tomatoes offers an enormous salad bar, with many selections of breads, meats, desserts and more.Afternoon: Bus departs at 1:15 PM for Albuquerque's Old Town. This charming area offers many examples of authentic adobe architecture; the beautiful old church there is open for you to visit, and you can explore Old Town with your group leader's guidance. You'll also visit the nearby Museum of Natural History.
Depart for the hotel at 4:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner from 6:00 - 7:00 PM at the hotel, followed by a free evening - we'll be getting you up very early tomorrow morning to depart for Balloon Fiesta, so you might want to get some extra sleep tonight!Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Bus departs at 8:45 AM for the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloom Museum.
Return to the hotel following the balloon museum visit.Lunch: Lunch at the hotel at 11:30 AMAfternoon: Since you had an early departure this morning and will be returning to Balloon Fiesta Park this evening, this afternoon is free for rest and relaxation.Dinner: Dinner and a program closing at the hotel from 4:00 - 5:00 PM (we know it's early, but we have to depart at 5:00 PM for Balloon Fiesta Park). If you want more to eat later, you can find a variety of food vendors at the Park!Evening: Bus departs for Balloon Park at 5:00 PM. The evening's activities will include the Night Magic Balloon Glow at 5:45 PM and the AfterGlow Fireworks Show at 8:00 PM. The bus will return to the hotel after the Fireworks Show, arriving at approximately 9:30 PM.Lodging: Sheraton Albuquerque Airport HotelMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner