Desert Traditions
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Tour Length:22 days


July 10th - August 1st 2017

Itinerary Includes:Taos, Santa Fe, Abiquiu, Mexico City, Oaxaca, Teotitlan del Valle

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Beyond Santa Fe 2017

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

Join us as we enter the creative heart of New Mexico and follow its beat through the enduring worlds of American Indian, pre-Columbian and Spanish colonial heritage all the way to Mexico. Enjoy the sensational cuisine, exciting rhythms and flamboyant fashions influenced by tradition, migration and the passage of time. Explore pueblos, ‘painted’ deserts and ancient sites. Follow the muses of Georgia O’Keeffe, DH Lawrence, Ansel Adams and their likes in Taos, Abiquiu and at Ghost Ranch. Enjoy fun-filled nights at the Santa Fe Opera and experience one of the world’s great confluences of colour, creativity and culture at the International Folk Art Market. Connect with the genius of Frida Kahlo in Mexico City and later uncover the inspiration behind her style. Weave the Zapotec trail in Oaxaca and try your own hand with the masters. Experience the movement of a Mexican wave during the spectacular festival of dance, La Guelaguetza, our grand finale to a carefully crafted journey grounded in local knowledge and cultural expertise.

‘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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