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Trails & Tradition in New Mexico

8 Days

2 Cities

7 Experiences


Active | Cultural

Travel Itinerary

Day 1
Santa Fe

Take a taxi from airport to hotel

Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi ★★★★★ (2 nights)

Santa Fe Architectural & Interior tour

Discover the distinctive architectural landscape of Santa Fe, renowned for its adobe buildings alongside diverse Victorian and Mission Revival styles. This guided walking tour provides insights into the city’s rich architectural heritage as you stroll through its enchanting back roads, residential neighborhoods, and dynamic art districts. Explore the fusion of cultural influences that shape Santa Fe’s captivating architectural identity.

Day 2

Bandelier National Monument hiking tour

Embark on a journey through Bandelier National Monument, tracing the history of ancestral Pueblo Peoples. Explore Tsankawi’s ancient Tewa dwellings and petroglyphs before venturing into Frijoles Canyon’s archaeological wonders. Enjoy a scenic lunch by Frijoles Creek and delve into cliff dwellings and caveats. Conclude with a tranquil nature trail through ponderosa pine forests, learning about ancient civilizations and modern-day pueblo life along the way.

Dinner reservation at Izanami

Day 3

Private transfer to Taos with hiking stop on the way

Georgia O’Keeffe Country hiking

Explore Georgia O’Keeffe Country on a scenic journey from Santa Fe, including a tour of her home and studio. Hike through slot canyons and iconic rock formations, then visit Plaza Blanca, immortalized in O’Keeffe’s paintings. Conclude with a tour of the artist’s inspiring surroundings and her renowned house and studio.

El Monte Sagrado Resort & Spa ★★★★ (2 nights)

Day 4

Alpine hiking in Taos, Taos guided tour and Horno Baking

Explore the Alpine Forest on a forgiving-grade hike with stunning views of Taos Ski Valley and the Rio Grande Gorge. Experience the tranquility of the mountains and rejuvenate your spirit with fresh mountain air. Visit Taos Pueblo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and immerse yourself in its rich cultural heritage, including traditional bread baking. Gain an insider’s perspective on Puebloan life in these historic adobe buildings.

Day 5
Santa Fe

Private transfer to Santa Fe with hiking stop on the way

Taos Pueblo & Chimayo hiking

Embark on a hike to a peak once used by Taos Pueblo Indians as a lookout. Explore historic Chimayó, home to the revered Santuario de Chimayó, known for its healing dirt. Taste Chimayó chile blends and learns about their history from Carlitos Medina. Enjoy lunch at Rancho de Chimayo with traditional New Mexican cuisine. Experience traditional weaving demonstrations showcasing the region’s colorful textiles. Travel south through the picturesque Nambé Valley on the high road route.

Rancho Encantado Santa Fe ★★★★★ (3 nights)

Day 6

La Cieneguilla Petroglyph tour

Near Santa Fe, the La Cieneguilla Petroglyph site offers a glimpse into New Mexico’s past. Explore basaltic rock formations adorned with 700-year-old petroglyphs, including numerous Kokopelli figures. This site, situated along the historic Camino Real, was traveled by Spanish conquistadores and settlers from Mexico City to New Mexico. Adjacent to Route 66, it’s a testament to the area’s cultural significance.

Rest of the day at leisure to relax

Day 7

ABQ Sawmill District & Historic old town tour

Explore Albuquerque’s rich history and cultural blend on the Mezcla de Culturas tour, starting at Hotel Albuquerque, once farmland for Villa de Alburquerque. Visit landmarks like the first public school and San Felipe de Neri Parish, then discover the vibrant Sawmill District. Conclude your journey at Paxton’s in Sawmill Market for a taste of local New Mexico craft beer or wine. Immerse yourself in the mix of cultures, art, and history that defines Albuquerque on this insightful tour.

Day 8

Take a taxi from hotel to airport

Fly home