Walking up to 1 mile at a time over uneven terrain with inclines, standing for a few hours at elevations of 7,000 – 7,500 feet above sea level.
We will enjoy a breakfast buffet at the hotel. Selections usually include eggs, French toast or pastries, oatmeal, fruit, orange juice, coffee, tea, water.
Our Group Leader will lead a discussion in the meeting room 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 Palace of the Governors, and other sites as time permits.
We will have a plated meal at a local restaurant with coffee, tea, water; additional beverages available for purchase.
We’ll continue to explore the Santa Fe Plaza area, with visits to the lovely Loretto Chapel and its intriguing staircase, and the State Capitol building, which houses the State Capitol Art Collection, featuring the work of local New Mexico artists, sculptors, and photographers. 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 IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and the Oldest House Museum.
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 known 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.
In the meeting room at the hotel, we will enjoy a performance by a local musician that showcases the music of the Southwest.