Getting on/off motorcoach; driving 45 miles, about 1 hour. Walking up to 2 miles over paved, sometimes uneven terrain with inclines at elevation of 7,000'.
We will have a buffet at the hotel; selections usually include eggs, French toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, water.
We'll travel to Taos Pueblo (if the Pueblo is open; it sometimes closes with little to no advance notice for private Pueblo events.) This picturesque Pueblo at the base of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains is one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in North America. The multiple-storied adobe dwellings reflect an ancient culture. Approximately 100 Pueblo residents still live much as their ancestors did 1,000 years ago, without electricity or running water. Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. Then we'll board the motorcoach for a short drive to the Rio Grande Gorge, which we'll cross via the "High Bridge." The bridge spans the Rio Grande Gorge 565 feet above the river, affording breathtaking views, and has been used as a location in a number of motion pictures. After stopping for photographs, we'll continue on to the Earthship Biotecture Community. Earthship Biotecture is a sustainable building style with a minimal carbon footprint that uses recycled materials, such as old tires, bottles, and aluminum cans, in a variety of fascinating — and sometimes funky — shapes and sizes.
We will have a plated meal at a popular local restaurant, including coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
Next, we'll depart for Taos Plaza, where we'll enjoy free time for independent explorations of the Taos Plaza area. There are a number of museums, colorful galleries and shops in this area, all within walking distance of Taos Plaza. Nearby museums include the Harwood Museum of Art, which houses the Agnes Martin Gallery, the E.L. Blumenschein Home & Museum, home of artist Ernest Blumenschein, a founding member of the Taos Society of Artists, the Kit Carson Home & Museum, and the Taos Art Museum at the Fechin House.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
After regrouping at the hotel, we'll be entertained by Cisco Guevara, a professional storyteller from Taos. A river runner since his teenage days in Los Alamos, Cisco honed his storytelling craft around campfires deep in the canyons of northern New Mexico. Cisco’s stories range from his rebellious youth, to tales that draw on his Hispanic and Native American heritage, to hair-raising adventures in the wilderness, to haunting tales of love and loss. A headliner at the Taos Storytelling Festival for over a decade, Cisco performs regularly for groups in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, and has told his stories to rapt audiences as far afield as London and Paris.