Map of New Mexico Discovery including United States Of America

A desert adventure millions of years in the making

Discover why New Mexico is known as the “Land of Enchantment” on a six-day adventure around the American Southwest. Learn how the local art, culture and cuisine have been shaped by Indigenous American and Spanish influences as you wander Pueblo streets. Tour the UNESCO World Heritage site of Taos Pueblo with an indigenous guide and eat your way around Santa Fe on a food tour that visits some of the best restaurants in town. You’ll also explore ancient Bandelier cliff dwellings and pictographs and marvel at an otherworldly desert landscape that has been shaped over millions of years. Whether you’re passionate about art or adventure, this tour has got you covered.

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Terms & Conditions

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 as you discover the city’s history and eat your way around town on a New Mexico food tour with an expert local guide.

  • At UNESCO-listed Taos Pueblo, join a local guide to explore the village and learn about the customs and traditions of this Native American community that has been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.

  • On a private tour of the Georgia O'keeffe Museum see some of the artist's most famous works and get special insight from a gallery guide.

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

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

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 Jan 2023 to 31 Dec 2023.
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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, where you'll meet your leader and fellow travelers. The evening is free for your own discoveries – perhaps stroll along gallery-lined Canyon Road or sample some of Santa Fe’s delicious (and often chili-infused) local cuisine.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Today is all about the flavors of New Mexico. First, join your leader on an exploration of the Santa Fe Farmers Market, with tastings of course! You'll want to try the local Hatch chiles, grown and harvested in the Hatch Valley of southern New Mexico. Then join a specialist guide for a food tour taking in some of the city’s best restaurants where you’ll learn about the thriving local food scene and sample tasty New Mexican inspired foods paired with alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. After the tour, you’ll have time to explore Santa Fe your way. 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 Farmers Market with tastings
  • Food & History Walking tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Special Information
If you plan to visit Meow Wolf during your visit to Santa Fe, we recommend you pre-book your tickets at least 2 weeks in advance due to high demand and timed entry slots. Please visit https://meowwolf.com/visit/santa-fe to purchase your ticket.
This morning you’ll visit the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum for a tour with an expert guide. One of the country’s most significant artists of the 20th century, O’Keefe was captivated by the stark landscape and Native American cultures of the region and used her art to capture its untamed beauty. On this intimate guided tour, you’ll see many of her most famous paintings as well as personal items such as clothing and painting equipment. After the museum tour, you’ll have the rest of the day to further explore Santa Fe. Maybe check out the Loretto Chapel, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture or San Miguel Mission. This evening, you may like to head out to dinner with your group (own expense).
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Santa Fe - Private Georgia Okeeffe Museum Tour
Optional Activities
  • Santa Fe - Museum of Indian Arts & Culture - USD9
  • Santa Fe - San Miguel Mission - USD1
  • 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
Visit the only living Native American community with joint designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark for a special guided tour on your way to Taos. The multi-storey adobe buildings at Taos Pueblo have been continuously inhabited for more than 1000 years. Today, the tribal members welcome visitors to their village to learn more about their home and way of life. After your visit to Taos Pueblo, continue north to the historic town of Taos, where you’ll spend the next 2 nights.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Taos Pueblo - Guided Tour
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 will travel back to Santa Fe, making a stop along the way at the Bandelier National Monument. 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. You can expect to arrive back in Santa Fe around 5 pm, at which point your New Mexico Discovery comes to an end.
Included Activities
  • Bandelier National Monument
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

5 breakfasts, 1 lunch

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Santa Fe - Leader led Farmers Market with tastings
  • Food & History Walking tour
  • Santa Fe - Private Georgia Okeeffe Museum Tour
  • Taos Pueblo - Guided Tour
  • Chimayo - Rug Weaving Demonstration
  • Bandelier National Monument

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Important notes

Travellers on Intrepid trips that start on or before 31 December 2022 are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. Learn more about Intrepid’s COVID-19 policy.

1. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6PM on Day 1 in Santa Fe. Please make your own way to the Joining Point Hotel listed in the Essential Trip Information for this itinerary.
2. 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.
3. 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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