If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.Dinner: At the hotel in our reserved section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions, review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions.Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Dinner
We'll return to the hotel after viewing the exhibits at the IPCC.Dinner: At the hotelEvening: We'll continue learning about Converso and Crypto-Jewish history with a lecture about "The Columbus Question."Lodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Located alongside the Rio Grande, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Since the grand opening in 2000, it has staged over 50 art exhibitions and 500 programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts, and provides venues for visitors to learn about Hispanic culture throughout the world.
We'll visit the museum's exhibitions and the Torreón Fresco, the largest concave fresco in the world, depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history.We'll then go to Albuquerque's historic Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.Our coach will return to the hotel after we visit Old Town. Those who wish may remain in the area for dinner, but will need to make their own arrangements for transportation back to the hotel.Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.Evening: Free eveningLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles. (In New Mexico, "chile" refers to the fruit of the Capsicum pepper plant, and shouldn't be confused with the stew known as "chili.") Many New Mexican dishes are prepared using red or green chiles. In fact, New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?" If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"
Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Santa Fe, where there will be free time to explore the area around the plaza. There are many colorful shops and galleries nearby, as well as a number of museums. You'll be given museum passes providing admission to the state museums (Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art) adjacent to the plaza.
The Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Museum of history feature historic documents and exhibits relating to the settlement of New Mexico and Santa Fe. The New Mexico Museum of Art offers changing exhibits by famous past and present artists of New Mexico and the Southwest.
Other museums within walking distance include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, dedicated to the work of this extraordinary artist, the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.Late afternoon: Meet our coach at a designated location and depart for Albuquerque.Dinner: Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Albuquerque. 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: Return to the hotel for evening at leisureLodging: MCM EleganteMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner