The tour starts in Albuquerque, but quickly moves north to explore Santa Fe, Taos, and a major part of the surrounding territory in the north visiting many of the photogenic and cultural sites. We will visit Old Town in Albuquerque where the city was founded. Of the many places to see in Taos there is the thousand year old Pueblo still inhabited, the Martinez Hacienda, the St. Francis de Assisi church made famous by many artists including Ansel Adams, and many art galleries. In Santa Fe there is the Governor’s Palace, the plaza, galleries and fine eating.
For scenery and diversity there is the Turquoise Trail with a stop at Madrid, a colorful artistic community, the High Road to Taos includes a stop at the famous Santuario de Chimayo, and further north is the Enchanted Circle. More to the west is Abiquiu and Georgia O'Keefe country including Ghost Ranch and the Plaza Blanco. In addition to the Taos Pueblo we will visit the San Ildefonso and Picuris Pueblos and the Indian ruins at Bandelier national monument. There is much more including the tiny villages and communities, eating at local restaurants, and staying at a picturesque and historical inn.
A major part of this tour is instruction in photography. Specifically we will discuss: elements of the perfect image, how the digital camera works, how to control the camera so as to capture the desired image, and shooting procedures. This is a comprehensive, fun filled, total experience not to be missed. Minimum age for participants on the tour is 15.
Day 1: North to Taos via the High Road. In Albuquerque we visit Old Town to feel the early days of New Mexico. Leaving Albuquerque we drive up the Turquoise Trail with a stop at the artistic community of Madrid. Then to Taos via the High Road which takes us through Chimayo and its famous Santuario, Truchas, Las Trampas, Penasco, then over to Picuris Pueblo and Dixon and then north by the Rio Grande to Taos.
Day 2: The Enchanted Circle. A scenic tour into the Sangre de Cristos along the enchanted circle which goes through Angel Fire, Eagle Nest, Red River, and Questa including a side trip east to Cimarron.
Day 3: Touring Taos. In Taos there are many sights to see including the Pueblo, St. Francis de Assisi church, the Martinez Hacienda, the home of Kit Carson, the plaza and many galleries. We drive to the bridge, which is over 600 feet over the Rio Grande gorge, to view this magnificent sight. Time is available for sightseeing on your own.
Day 4: Abiquiu - Georgia O'Keefe Country. In the area around Abiquiu we visit the Chama river overlook and then visit Ghost Ranch, a gathering place for many famous artists. From there we drive a short distance south to Abiquiu to see many sights in that area including the famous Plaza Blanco. Then on to the San Ildefonso pueblo returning to Taos via the Rio Grande.
Day 5: South to Santa Fe and Albuquerque. Leaving Taos early we head south along the Rio Grande and over to the Indian ruins at Bandelier. In Santa Fe we visit the Plaza and Governor’s Palace, Andrew Smith’s Photography gallery, and Andrea Fisher’s pottery gallery. Lastly on our return to Albuquerque we stop at one of the old ranches of New Mexico, El Rancho de los Golondrinas.
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