The activity level for this program is "Keep the Pace." Participants should be able to walk up to two miles a day over uneven varied terrain and stand up to an hour at a time. All program activity takes place at an elevation of 7,000 feet; routine activity, such as walking and climbing stairs will be more challenging than at sea level. We ask that you be realistic in assessing your physical condition so that you can fully enjoy all aspects of the program.
Beginning at 6:30 a.m. the hotel's hot breakfast buffet includes scrambled eggs, sausage, Belgian waffles, biscuits and gravy. Plus fresh fruit, bagels, pastries, juices, hot and cold cereals, toast, milk, coffee, tea and more.
This morning we'll learn 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 known as "The City Different." We'll then enjoy a presentation about the fascinating history of Conversos and Crypto Jews in New Mexico, dating back to the time of the Spanish Inquisition.
After lunch, we'll head out on foot to explore Santa Fe's Plaza area, the historic heart of the city. We'll visit the impressive Romanesque-style Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the lovely Loretto Chapel with its intriguing spiral staircase, and other sites as time permits. This will be followed by free time for independent explorations. Sites of interest within walking distance of the Plaza include the New Mexico History Museum, the Palace of the Governors (the oldest public administration building in the US), the New Mexico Museum of Art and the State Capitol Building, noteworthy for its unique architectural design and home to the State Capitol Art Collection featuring the works of New Mexican artists, sculptors and photographers.
Plated meal from at a local restaurant includes choice of entrées coffee, tea and water; additional beverages available for purchase.
We will attend a special performance of Robert Benjamin’s contemporary play "Parted Waters," presented especially for our group by Teatro Paraguas. Teatro Paraguas was founded in 2004 by an international group of actors and artists and is dedicated to producing bilingual Hispanic/Latino theater and poetry performances. Occasionally, Teatro Paraguas produces works it considers of social and political importance that may lie outside of its usual mission.