Pueblo Tribes of New Mexico Tour | 6-Days, 5-Nights from Albuquerque

Mesa Verde National Park • Window Rock • Taos Pueblo • Acoma Pueblo • Jemez Pueblo

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

Explore New Mexico and its Native American tribes and culture on this 6-day, 5-night DETOURS Native America tour with Navajo guide and intertribal expert Donovan Hanley. This tour of New Mexico, Colorado, and Arizona takes you to Mesa Verde National Park, Window Rock, Aztec Ruins, Rio Grande Gorge, Santa Fe, the Valles Caldera National Preserve, Taos Pueblo, Acoma Pueblo, and Jemez Pueblo. With his native history, Donovan provides a unique perspective to these sacred lands.

During the tour in August, you will visit the Santa Fe Indian Market, largest and most prestigious juried Native arts show in the world. You will have the chance to meet Native American artists and admire their cultural works.

During the tour in October, you will visit the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta and see hundreds of balloons take flight through the skies. Known all of the world for the fun, this is a celebration you won’t want to miss!

Why DETOURS?

  • Small group tour with up to 12 passengers – no crowds!
  • The best historical lodging available – no lines!
  • Custom touring vehicles with comfortable, individual captain’s chairs, plenty of legroom, and large picture windows to enjoy the views
  • Expert guides who are CPR and First Aid certified

Tour Dates

August 14-19, 2019
October 5-10,2019

Pricing

$2,095 per person for double occupancy
$2,645 per person for single occupancy

El Morro National Monument | DETOURS Native America
El Morro National Monument

Packages start at $2,095*

*Double Occupancy. Includes guided tour, lodging, some meals, entrance fees, and taxes

TRAVEL INFO

Taos Pueblo | Taos, New Mexico

Departure Location
Hotel Andaluz, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque

Cancellation and Payment Policy
Tours require a 10% non-refundable deposit by credit card at the time of booking. Final tour balance is due 36 days prior to tour departure date. Tours canceled less than 36 days prior to departure or no shows will be charged in full.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodations

For an additional cost, DETOURS can book pre and/or post tour accommodation packages at preferred hotels. We recommend booking pre and post tour accommodations at Hotel Andaluz, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque. We pick up and drop off at these hotels only. Guests staying at other hotels will be responsible for transportation to the nearest pick up location on the first day and from the nearest drop off location on the final day.

Group Size

Our vehicles are designed to carry up to 12 passengers in individual leather captain’s chairs. Tour group size will range from 8 guests, which is our guest minimum to operate this tour, up to 12 guests in our custom tour vans.
Because DETOURS travels with a maximum of 12 passengers, this allows us to take a flexible approach and take full advantage of touring opportunities in the American West.

Transportation

DETOURS custom touring vehicles are specifically designed for small groups with individual leather captain’s chairs that recline for each guest.

Tour Guides


Our guides have many years of experience in leading tours throughout the American West. Their knowledge and enthusiasm will ensure that everyone gets the most from each destination.

Accommodations/Lodging


The accommodations have been chosen to give guests the best access to the surrounding areas. For those traveling alone, there are single occupancy rates available.

Activity Levels


This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which requires a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be tailored to almost all levels of fitness.

Third Party Activities


Any third party activities not listed in tour itinerary are not included. There will be free time on some days and if you wish to participate in any additional third party activities, there will be an additional out-of-pocket cost.

Baggage Allowance


Individual luggage must be kept to a maximum of one piece of luggage less than 50 pounds. It is recommended to travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sunblock, and other personal items. We advise our clients to pack as lightly as possible.

Temperature/Weather


Temperatures range from very cool in the mornings and evenings, with warm days. A layered clothing approach works best. Temperatures across the American West vary by season and unexpected weather is always a possibility. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

Private Tour Option


This tour can also be operated as a private tour. Contact a tour specialist for details.

Notes


A minimum number of guests must be met for this tour. You may be booked on stand by until the tour is confirmed.

Due to the developing tourism industry in the area, changes can and do occur in this type of program. Weather conditions that are severe enough to limit where we can drive or walk can alter the program. As visitors, we will respect this and remain flexible and open to local conditions, safety concerns, and unforeseen circumstances. Our guides will do their best to keep things on track, but in the event that our schedule changes, they will try to keep disruption to a minimum, consider your wishes, and organize other options as far as it is reasonable and practical to do so.

TOUR ITINERARY

Church in Santa Fe, New Mexico | DETOURS Native America
PUEBLO TRIBES OF NEW MEXICO TOUR

Day 1:

An early start to the day takes you and the small group west to Acoma Pueblo’s “Sky City” for a guided tour of this fascinating and magical place. Discover the centuries-old history of New Mexico’s Pueblo Indians. Acoma Pueblo offers a window in time where Native people carry on the customs and traditions of their ancestors. It has been designated as a historic site by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and is the only Native American site designated as such.

Traveling along Scenic Byway 53, the next stop is El Morro National Monument, a massive sandstone bluff that held a reliable water hole and a shady oasis for weary travelers for many centuries. Visitors added to the existing pre-Pueblo inscription and petroglyphs with their own messages, dates and signatures. There are over 2,000 inscriptions protected as well as several Ancestral Pueblo Ruins. The day ends in Window Rock, capital of the Navajo Nation, or Dinetah in Navajo. Enjoy an authentic Navajo meal tonight prepared by a local chef.

Overnight at Quality Inn in Window Rock, AZ

Day 2:

A day full of surprises awaits! Tour the Historic Navajo Council Chambers. Deemed an ‘Arizona Treasure,’ we listen and sit inside the tribal parliament, to learn how the Navajo government came to be. What were the challenges of yesterday and today, and what is unique about the Navajo government. We then view the Navajo Executive Offices and the Window Rock Veterans Memorial Park. Today takes us on what locals call the Navajo Overpass, located in the heart of Dinetah, through the Chuska Mountains and past the iconic Shiprock, one of the Navajo’s Sacred Mountains. Later in the day we’ll take a tour of the World Heritage Site, Mesa Verde National Park. We’ll visit Balcony House and other very special archeological sites. It’s truly a magical National Park! Your room at the Far View Lodge offers some of the best views in North America, overlooking parts of Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. You might get lucky and spot a rainbow!

Overnight at Far View Lodge in Mesa Verde National Park

Day 3:

Our trip heads east across southern Colorado Rockies. We visit with the Southern Ute tribe, who are the oldest inhabitants of current day Colorado. When the US Government came in and enforced Native American boundaries, this was the land that the Ute tribe was traveling through, which then became their permanent “government home.” Upper Rio Grande and into Northern New Mexico Pueblo of Taos. The first tour stop today is Aztec Ruins National Monument, a place that Pueblo people describe as part of their migration journey. This 900-year old ancestral Pueblo Great House still has many original timbers holding up the roof. The Aztec West Trail offers a short walk through Aztec Ruins, intact Pueblo rooms, and a reconstructed Great Kiva.

After crossing the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, we’ll be guided through Taos Pueblo, an ancient pueblo belonging to a Tiwa-speaking Native American tribe of Puebloan people. Ancient ruins in the Taos Valley indicate that people lived here 1,000 years ago. The present buildings were most likely constructed between 1000 and 1450 A.D. They must have looked much as they do today when the first Spanish explorers arrived in Northern New Mexico in 1540. The two structures called Hlauuma (north house) and Hlaukwima (south house) are said to be of similar age. They are considered to be among the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the USA.

Overnight at Hotel La Fonda in Taos, NM

Day 4:

Along the Old Spanish Trail, the “High Road” from Taos to Santa Fe is one of the most beautiful drives in New Mexico, through the Picuris Pueblo Lands to the Mission El Santuario de Chimayo, a place the early visitor believed held miraculous healing powers. You’ll decide first-hand whether those powers exist!

Traveling through the Pojoaque Pueblo, we stop at one of the largest collections of Smithsonian Pueblo pottery. We sit down with a young leader of the tribe, as he explains the history of the youngest pueblo to New Mexico. Your Pueblo guide offers an opportunity to also converse with a local pottery maker. Find out why designs are so intricate and what morals are intertwined into the pottery.

Traveling through the Pojoaque Pueblo, we stop at one of the largest collections of Smithsonian Pueblo pottery. We sit down with a young leader of the tribe, as he explains the history of the youngest pueblo to New Mexico. Your Pueblo guide offers an opportunity to also converse with a local pottery maker. Find out why designs are so intricate and what morals are intertwined into the pottery. Your day finishes in Santa Fe, the original capital of Northern New Spain. It’s Santa Fe Indian Market! The one time of the year; Santa Fe because the epicenter of Native American Arts & Style. We arrive on the final day of the event, but don’t worry there’s time to explore the galleries, museums and gift shops that surround the Historic Plaza.

Overnight at Hotel Santa Fe

Day 5:

*Tours in August will visit the Sante Fe Indian Market. Tours in October will visit the International Balloon Fiesta*

Tour in August: We’ll depart Hotel Santa Fe and head northwest over the Rio Grande to Bandelier National Monument which protects over 33,000 acres of rugged, beautiful canyon and mesa country as well as evidence of a human presence here going back over 11,000 years. Petroglyphs, dwellings carved into the soft rock cliffs, and standing masonry walls pay tribute to the early days of a culture that will survives in the surrounding Pueblo communities. Interact with a Pueblo Native and learn about the regional agriculture and vegetation. Take a hike and surround yourself with red rocks. Enjoy an open dialogue with our host and then after touring Jemez land, or Walotawa. The route enters the Rio Grande Valley, into Santa Ana Pueblo, hotel overlooking the Rio Grande River and Sandia Mountains. A fantastic place to end our journey! You’ll be hosted for dinner tonight to bid farewell to your traveling companions.

Tour in October: We’ll depart Hotel Santa Fe and head towards the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta! The early bird catches the best viewing spot. A true attraction of New Mexico. You have to experience this bucket list item while you’re visiting New Mexico. For many decades now, the Balloon Fiesta has collaborated with the ballooning community to offer this city-wide celebration. It is stated, “literally hundreds of balloons will be taking flight from the Balloon Fiesta Park this year.” After watching the mesmerizing sailing balloons above, we’ll continue our day to the Jemez pueblo region. Interact with a Pueblo Native and learn about the regional agriculture and vegetation. Take a hike and surround yourself with red rocks. Enjoy an open dialogue with our host and then after touring Jemez land, or Walotawa. The route enters the Rio Grande Valley, into Santa Ana Pueblo, hotel overlooking the Rio Grande River and Sandia Mountains. A fantastic place to end our journey! You’ll be hosted for dinner tonight to bid farewell to your traveling companions.

Overnight at Tamaya Resort in Santa Ana Pueblo

Day 6:

Awake to the stunning view from your room of the beautiful, mountainous landscape of New Mexico. Today’s route takes us south back to Albuquerque for airport drop-offs. You can connect to return your flight home or perhaps you choose to enjoy one last another night or two in this fantastic resort, the high desert of New Mexico before returning home and an unforgettable week.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • Lodging for five nights
  • Five breakfasts and one dinner
  • Entrance fees to National Parks, State Parks, Tribal Parks, and events
  • Unlimited bottled water

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Additional third party tours and activities not listed above
  • Meals not listed above
  • Incidental hotel fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Guide gratuities

TRAVEL TIPS

It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes with good tread and travel with a small day pack for easy access to camera, sunblock, and other personal items. We advise guests to pack as lightly as possible. Temperatures across the American West vary by season. We recommend bringing a jacket in the event of changing weather patterns.

PHOTO GALLERY

FAQ

How much luggage can we bring?

Limit luggage to one suitcase that is less than 50 pounds and a day pack.

Are pre-tour accommodations included?

No, but we can assist with pre-tour accommodations for additional cost.

Are post-tour accommodations included?

No, but we can assist with post-tour accommodations for additional cost.

Are third party activities included?

Any third party activities not listed in tour itinerary are not included. There will be free time on some days and if you wish to participate in any additional third party activities, there will be an additional out-of-pocket cost.

What hotels do we stay at?

The accommodations have been chosen to give guests the best access to the surrounding areas.

How much walking is required?

This tour offers a wide range of walking opportunities, which requires a reasonable level of fitness, mostly due to possible elevation changes. The level of activity can be tailored to almost all levels of fitness.

What should I pack?

Weather appropriate clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen camera, snacks, extra cash or debit/credit card, day pack/backpack, government issued ID (driver’s license, passport, etc).

What is the weather like?

Temperatures range from very cool in the mornings and evenings, with warm days. A layered clothing approach works best. Temperatures across the American West vary by season and unexpected weather is always a possibility. We recommend our guests bring jackets in the event of changing weather patterns.

What hotels do you pick up at?

We recommend booking pre and post tour accommodations at Hotel Andaluz, Hyatt Regency Albuquerque, and DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Albuquerque. We pick up and drop off at these hotels only. Guests staying at other hotels will be responsible for transportation to the pick up location and from the drop off location.

How far in advance should I book my tour?

We recommend that you book early to guarantee a space on the tour, as these tours are limited to 12 passengers. Bookings can be made up to one year in advance of departure date.

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