Desert Traditions
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Tour Length:22 days


July 8th - July 31st 2018

Itinerary Includes:Taos, Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Oaxaca, Mexico City

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Beyond Santa Fe 2018

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A journey to tickle the senses led by culture expert Carole Douglas

Join arts expert and intrepid traveller Carole Douglas who will lead you from the cultural fusion of New Mexico all the way to Mexico where colour and ritual are expressions of daily life. Follow in the footsteps of the famous - artists, writers, musicians, artisans. Explore pueblos, ‘painted’ deserts and pre-Columbian sites. Experience some of the world’s greatest confluences of colour, creativity and culture in the vibrant hubs of Santa Fe and Oaxaca. Travel in the company of local knowledge and cultural expertise while enjoying sensational cuisine, high art, traditional craft, exciting rhythms and flamboyant fashion - and above all, be inspired by the sensory delights offered throughout this carefully crafted journey.

‘All the earth colours of the painter’s palette are out there in the many miles of badlands. The light Naples yellow through ochres – orange and red and purple earth – even the soft earth greens.’
Georgia O’Keeffe on the red sand hills in New Mexico

‘A BIG HUG from me and a HUGE THANK YOU for a wonderful last three weeks.  I enjoyed every moment and will treasure all the memories for a long time to come.  I can’t even begin to imagine how much work goes into planning a trip like that but overall it all flowed really well and was packed with a wonderful array of activities and things to see and do. It is a good trip for anyone interested in culture, art, food and religion.’
Pirjo Ward, NT Australia, writing about Beyond Santa Fe 2015

‘I want to thank you again for another fabulous adventure.  You are totally amazing and definitely put together a very comprehensive tour. I appreciate all the work that goes into creating the travel itinerary booklet and the time it takes to research and organize all the additional information. And all those little goodies you find that are so specific to each traveller… whenever did you have the time to find them?  Our hotels were excellent; we hit all the important places and the Opera and Guelaguetza were FABULOUS. And thanks for introducing me to D.H. Lawrence and so appreciate learning about his time in Taos and Oaxaca. You do an outstanding job and really care about your clients. I trust you have some time to rest and swim before the next adventure.’
Mary Darmstaetter, Boston USA, writing about Beyond Santa Fe 2015
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