Learn about the rich heritage of New Mexico’s Native American and Spanish cultures by exploring Bandelier National Monument, an unforgettable site that reveals hundreds of years of Ancient Puebloan history. Next, visit the traditional Spanish village of Chimayó, with lunch at a beautiful old hacienda, and experience the sanctity of the Santuario de Chimayó, known as the Lourdes of America. This tour can be extended to include a visit to a winery where the group can learn about New Mexico’s wines.
For more than three centuries, beginning in the late 1100s, Puye Cliffs was home to about 1500 Pueblo Indians who lived, farmed and hunted game there. These inhabitants are ancestors of the present-day Santa Clara Pueblo people. Knowledgeable native guides lead guests on an exploration of this spiritually uplifting site, including the enigmatic cliff dwellings as well as the mesa top ruins, while recounting engaging stories about their personal ties to Puye Cliffs.
Bandelier, located in the volcanic Jemez Mountains, is best known for its several thousand ancestral Pueblo Indian dwellings. The adventure includes a visit to Tyuonyi Pueblo, situated at the floor of Frijoles Canyon, and the cliff dwellings that line the south facing side of the canyon. After Bandelier, the group will visit the town of Los Alamos and learn about the Manhattan Project with a stop at the Bradbury Science Museum. Lunch can be arranged at a restaurant in Los Alamos.