The activity level for this program is "On Your Feet." Participants should be able to walk up to a mile at a time over uneven terrain with inclines, get on/off a motorcoach, and stand for a few hours at elevations of 7,000-7,500 feet above sea level.
Buffet at the hotel. Selections usually include eggs, french toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, and tea.
This morning our Group Leader will lead a discussion about the history of the area that is now New Mexico, from its earliest Ancestral Puebloan inhabitants to the Spanish and American soldiers and settlers who followed. We'll also hear about Santa Fe and why it's called "The City Different." We'll then head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the lovely Loretto Chapel with its intriguing spiral staircase, and other sites as time permits.
Plated meal at a local restaurant featuring New Mexican cuisine, with coffee, tea and water (additional beverages available for purchase.)
We'll return to the hotel for a performance by local, award-winning Native American musician Ron Roybal. Ron is a fine Native-American-flute player dedicated to the preservation of traditional music. He'll perform some of his own compositions for us. The remainder of the afternoon is free for independent activities. There are a number of museums, colorful galleries and shops within walking distance of the hotel. Museums include the New Mexico Museum of Art, the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors, the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Native Art. You might also enjoy the State Capitol building, which houses the "State Capitol Art Collection" featuring the work of local New Mexico artists, sculptors and photographers.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost so that you can enjoy what you wish or sample the local fare. Not to be confused with "Tex-Mex," New Mexico's unique cuisine has been influenced by ingredients and techniques used in Native American and Spanish cooking. Santa Fe is know for the breadth and depth of its culinary offerings. There are a number of fine restaurants within walking distance of the hotel and the Santa Fe Plaza. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and directions.