For travelers seeking to get the most out of their stay in Santa Fe, New Mexico, it helps to get professional advice from the tour operators of Santa Fe Tour Guides. The 22 professional tour operators specialize in the field of cultural tourism throughout Northern New Mexico and have spent years learning and sharing the many ins and outs of Santa Fe and the Southwest. Below are some of the group’s most popular areas of exploration:
Land of O’Keeffe: The iconic Georgia O’Keeffe is synonymous with Northern New Mexico culture and the magnificent vistas in and around the small village of Abiquiu. Experience O’Keeffe country, including a tour of Georgia O’Keeffe’s home, with guides Kay Lewis (Lewis Unlimited) or Jerry Rightman. Visitors can also enjoy the esteemed Georgia O’Keeffe museum while in Santa Fe, which welcomes more than 2,225,000 guests from around the world. More information available at http://www.okeeffemuseum.org/
Hiking, Yoga and Outdoor Adventure: Spending time in the woods can awaken a source of calm, connection and wonder. Yoga too can tap into that wellspring. YOGIHIKER blends the two into a unique adventure in the high desert. For more adventuresome travelers, Santa Fe Walkabouts offers day hikes, mountain biking trips, 4WD Jeep adventures, and private guided tours to Bandelier, Abiquiu, Puye Cliffs and more. Outspire Hiking and Snowshoeing also offers a variety of outdoor activities with experienced, knowledgeable guides. From leisurely interpretive walks to snowshoeing, Outspire has it all.
The Ghosts of Santa Fe: White Shell Water Place is Santa Fe’s original Tewa Indian name for a settlement that predates 1100 AD. Many souls have lived here and some are still here. Peter Sinclaire, founder of The Original Santa Fe Ghost Tour, shares his knowledge of the city’s most famous ghost encounters.
History Buffs: Santa Fe and environs are steeped in history. Ancient ruins and petro glyphs, the Camino Real (1598), Santa Fe Trail (1821) and the Old Spanish Trail (1829) have enamored historians, archeologists and geologists for centuries. Santa Fe Tour Guides share their expert knowledge in the area’s history, bringing stories from the past back to life. In Santa Fe, nourish a passion for history at the New Mexico History Museum with a guide-historian.
The Pueblos of Northern New Mexico: Tewa, Tiwa and Keres are the native languages spoken at the 11 Pueblos between Albuquerque and Taos. The Taos Pueblo features multi-storied adobe buildings that have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years, while Ohkay Owingeh is the home of Popay the leader of the Pueblo revolt in 1680. Each Pueblo community has its own distinctive personality and many are home to world-renowned artists – painters, sculptors, jewelers, potters and musicians. To step back in time with a Pueblo visit and a meal, to experience an artist demonstration or to take a spiritual journey, contact Tracy Denardo with Pink Lady Tours or Robbie O’Neill with Cultural Treasures.
Multilingual Tours: Seven Directions offers multilingual guide services for groups and individuals, providing custom tours throughout New Mexico and the American Southwest. Ecotourism experiences based on sensitivity and sustainability are offered with tour guides fluent in Italian, French and English.
Scheduling a tour with a guide who meets personal interests is the best way to discover Santa Fe in depth. The Santa Fe Tour Guides’ diverse group of members can make any visit more memorable. Contact Pat Kuhlhoff, 505-466-4877, email@example.com orRobbie O’Neill, 505-231-0855, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Information courtesy: Santa Fe CVB