The instructor has a Converso Jewish background.
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 buffet at the hotelAfternoon: Depart at 12:45 PM to visit 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 chances 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 have an opportunity to explore the Cultural Center, and then we'll be bused to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the old part of the pueblo with a Native American guide. We'll see the adobe dwellings and an old Spanish church, and meet some of the inhabitants of this remarkable historic place. Bus returns to hotel by 5:30 PM.Dinner: Dinner buffet at the hotelEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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 art and jewelry to tourist trinkets, and Native Americans selling their wares on the sidewalk.
The bus will depart for the hotel at 5:15 PM. Those who wish may stay in the Old Town area for dinner and return to the hotel on their own.Dinner: Dinner on your ownEvening: Evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Chimayó and the surrounding area are rife with stories about Crypto Jew settlers, and many Hispanic families are aware of their Jewish heritage.
We'll visit El Santuario de Chimayó, a church visited year-round by pilgrims seeking healing from the holy ground found inside a small room at the back of the church, which is why it is fondly known as "The Lourdes of Northern New Mexico." It also offers primitive religious art work in the form of bultos (carved wooden statues of the saints), a beautiful retablo (altar piece) over the altar and unique stations of the cross. We'll also visit a local weaving gallery.Lunch: Lunch at historic Rancho de Chimayó. The restaurant, located in a large hacienda, has been owned and operated for many years by a family from Chimayó, and is one of the best-known restaurants in the northern New Mexico area. In the warmer months, you can dine outside in terraced gardens; in the winter, sit in front of pinon-burning fireplaces and view the lovely art work featured throughout the restaurant.Afternoon: After lunch, the bus will depart for downtown Santa Fe, where there will be some free time to explore the plaza and visit the state museums in the area. We'll have museum passes that will provide admission to the Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art, located just off the plaza in Santa Fe.
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 you to eat as much - or as little - as you 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 buffet 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