Map of New Mexico Discovery including United States Of America

A desert adventure millions of years in the making

Packed with plenty of history, art, adventure and chili peppers, New Mexico is a destination that covers all the bases. On this 6-day discovery of the American Southwest, you’ll see firsthand why the state is known as the “Land of Enchantment.” Learn how local art, culture and cuisine have been shaped by Indigenous American and Spanish influences as you wander the Pueblo streets of Santa Fe and Taos. Then, explore the ancient Bandelier cliff dwellings and pictographs, marvel at an otherworldly desert landscape shaped over millions of years.


Start
Santa Fe, United States
Finish
Santa Fe, United States
Destination
United States
Style
Comfort
Theme
Explorer
Code
SSKM
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 12

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the charming streets of historic Santa Fe, famous for its Pueblo-style architecture and vibrant arts scene.

  • Browse Native American art markets and visit 11,000-year-old ruins to uncover the rich history and ancestral heritage of the US Southwest.

  • Climb high above the canyon floor of Bandelier National Monument as you scale wooden ladders that lead to ancient cliff dwellings.

  • Visit a world-renowned tapestry gallery for an intimate, expert demonstration of traditional weaving technique and artistry.

  • Marvel at the towering tent rocks of Kasha-Katuwe, unique formations created by volcanic eruptions over 6 million years ago.

Is this trip right for you?

  • Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.

  • During our visit to Bandelier National Monument you have the option to climb ladders to view the site above the canyon floor. Sturdy walking shoes are highly recommended.

  • This trip is new to our range this year. And while we have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations and working with new partners can sometimes throw us some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. We like to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.

Itinerary

Welcome to Santa Fe, the oldest state capital in the USA. If you arrive early, feel free to spend the day exploring the city’s iconic Pueblo-style architecture and abundance of art galleries – there are more than 250 for you to find! Your tour kicks off with a group meeting at 6pm, followed by a welcome dinner in which you’ll get to sample some of Santa Fe’s delicious (and often chili-infused) local cuisine. After dinner, the evening is all yours to explore. Maybe wander the plaza or head to the Bell Tower Bar at the historic La Fonda hotel for a cocktail.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Dinner
Special Information
It’s very important that you attend the welcome meeting as we will be collecting insurance and emergency contact details at this time. If you are going to be late please let your travel agent or hotel reception know. Ask reception or look for a note in the lobby for more information on where the meeting will take place.
This morning, take in the historic sites of Santa Fe with a walking tour led by your expert guide. See the historic Palace of the Governors, St. Francis Cathedral and the local Native American art markets – and maybe pick up a few unique souvenirs to bring back home. In the afternoon, you’re free to explore at your leisure. We highly recommend the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, celebrating one of the country’s most significant artists of the 20th century. If visual art is your passion, check out fellow B-Corp business Meow Wolf, which creates fantastical, immersive experiences.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santa Fe - leader led walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today is a free day to further explore Santa Fe. Maybe check out the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum or Loretto Chapel. In the afternoon meet back up with your group and leader for a cocktail making class at a local distillery that focuses on their mission to become the Southwest’s pre-eminent artisan distillery. Afterwards you’ll have the option for a group dinner (at your expense)
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santa Fe - Cocktail Making Class
Optional Activities
  • Santa Fe - Museum of Indian Arts & Culture - USD9
  • Santa Fe - San Miguel Mission - USD1
  • Santa Fe - Georgia O'Keeffe Museum - USD13
  • Santa Fe - Loretto Chapel - USD4
  • Santa Fe - New Mexico History Museum - USD12
  • Santa Fe - Museum of International Folk Art - USD7
  • Santa Fe - Museum of Art - USD12
  • Santa Fe - Museum of Contemporary Native Art - USD10
  • Santa Fe - Botanic Gardens - USD10
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Get ready because we have a full day planned for you today! After breakfast, head out of town to Bandelier National Monument. Our local guide used to be a ranger at Bandelier and has written two books on the history of New Mexico and Georgia O'Keeffe. You will discover some of the most unusual ancient ruins in the Southwest, including petroglyphs, pictographs and cave dwellings tucked away in the cliffside.If you’re feeling brave, climb the ladders to these alcoves, high above the canyon floor. From here, continue north to the historic town of Taos, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Bandelier National Monument
Optional Activities
  • Taos - Los Alamos History Museum - USD5
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your morning is free to explore Taos at your own pace. Cruise riverside in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument through wine and apple country. Make a pit stop at the quirky Classical Gas Museum before visiting the historic town of Chimayo to learn traditional rug weaving and make your own pilgrimage for holy dirt at the El Sanctuario de Chimayo. Re-group after lunch and head to Chimayo for a rug-weaving demonstration and a visit to a tapestry gallery that specialises in handwoven wool products using natural dyes and traditional weaving styles. The gallery is owned by award-winning weavers whose work has been shown in museums around the world, including the Smithsonian.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Chimayo - Rug Weaving Demonstration
Optional Activities
  • Taos - Earthship Biotecture Tour - USD22
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Today you make uour way back to Santa Fe, with a stop at the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. These fascinating formations are the result of volcanic eruptions that occurred over 6 million years ago and show off the incredible geological processes that shape our landscapes over time. We plan to arrive back in Santa Fe around 5 pm, at which point your New Mexico Discovery comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Update: Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument is currently closed due to COVID 19. Instead we will visit Plaza Blanca and Pecos National Historic Site as an alternative.

Meals

5 breakfasts, 1 dinner

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Santa Fe - leader led walking tour
  • Santa Fe - Cocktail Making Class
  • Bandelier National Monument
  • Chimayo - Rug Weaving Demonstration
  • Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument

Dates & availability

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Important notes

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6PM on Day 1. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.

You are expected to arrive back into Santa Fe around 5pm at the same location as the joining point.There is no accommodation included on the last day in Santa Fe. If you wish to spend more time in Santa Fe we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Speak to an Intrepid booking agent for more information.

A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights on your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.

Essential trip information

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