Eat Pray Love
Three-Day All-Inclusive Active and Cultural Guided Tour
Custom & Crafted Design Just For You!
Join Heritage Inspirations for an extraordinary journey across northern New Mexico, starting and ending your tour in Santa Fe. Explore the colorful landscape sculpted by dynamic geological forces imprinted upon the land and cultivated by several cultural layers. Learn of the timeless soul within this Land of Enchantment and her many mysteries while adventuring to the edge of the Colorado Plateau, the Ojo Caliente Valley, the Rio Grande Rift Zone, the northern pueblo regions, and the historical villages along the way that illuminate our art, culture and tradition still alive today.
This tour is designed for you to taste New Mexico flavor, hike and explore our adventurous landscape, soak in natural mineral hot springs and experience the nurturing sanctuaries from Santa Fe to Taos. Our intention is to share with you the opportunity to discover the highlights that make this region so unique. Across this three day journey, you will walk away feeling like a local. This intimate and immersive excursion will share with you an enriching itinerary that will truly be memorable.
EAT. Local and regional cuisine and experience our Farm to Table offering with Executive Chef Cristina Martinez at El Monte Sagrado Resort. Meet local farmers who share their stories of cultivating this earth. Visit puebloan hornos that illustrate the traditional way of cooking. Enjoy a hands-on cooking lesson and enjoy the delicious flavors of northern New Mexico with creative infusions!
PRAY. In historical adobe folk art churches, within timeless pueblos that are over 1,000 years old, and within the sanctuary of inspiring wide-open landscapes on top of a mesa, a volcanic rift zone or within a pasture of wild sagebrush.
LOVE. Being taken care of, soaking in mineral hot springs, nourishing the soul with a scenic hike or paddling on the Rio Grande or snowshoeing in an old growth Ponderosa Pine forest. Learn about our multi-cultural history while being guided by a local who will give you a true insiders experience and take care of all your needs.
Let us do all the logistical planning for you from the moment you meet your guide we will handle everything so that you can allow yourself to indulge, connect and rejuvenate across three days offering an all-inclusive experience. We design this three-day experience to you and your group. This is our suggested itinerary, however we craft this specific to each trip and season. We offer this year-round and the activities will change depending on the season. All trips will offer you two nights accommodations in Taos at El Monte Sagrado Resort including all your meals, interpretive and guided activities and gear, transportation and discounted hotel reservations for your pre and post nights stay. This does not include airfare, gratuity for your guide or pre and post night stay.
Day One ~ A Day in Georgia O’Keeffe Country
Meet in Santa Fe. Visit Georgia O’Keeffe Country and take a journey to the edge of New Mexico’s geological phenomenon, the Colorado Plateau, displaying layers of color infused into the bedrock that inspired many of the paintings by Georgia O’Keeffe and many other artists of this region. Hike in Ghost Ranch to an overlook offering 360 degrees of dramatic views of the Piedra Lumbre basin with Cerro Pedernal in the distance, a distinct landmark that can be seen up to 100 miles in distance. Enjoy a delicious lunch as you enjoy a view overlooking Lake Abiquiu.
Following our hike we journey to the Ojo Caliente Valley following scenic back roads through El Rito to Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs Resort. Soak in these ancient mineral hot springs discovered originally by the Spanish and now a sanctuary against the volcanic tuff. We encourage you to set up any spa appointments prior to the trip and aligned with the timing of our 2 1/2 hour visit.
Making our way to Taos, we cross the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge; located in the Rio Grande Del Norte National Monument, it’s the seventh tallest bridge in the US, towering over 565 feet above the mighty Rio Grande with steep basalt walls offering dramatic views. At the center of the monument, we witness the tremendous geological forces of thick lava flows that cut into the Rio Grande Rift Valley and make up the Taos Plateau. This is one of New Mexico’s best photography opportunities with the Taos Mountains rising up out of the earth, housing Wheeler Peak, our tallest peak in the state.
This evening, savor a decadent meal in the private wine room at De La Tierra Restaurant featuring Chef Cristina Martinez.
Tonight’s accommodations are at the tranquil, luxury, adobe resort El Monte Sagrado in Taos.
Day Two ~ The Colors of Taos
Start your morning with a gentle yoga class overlooking the Sacred Circle at El Monte Sagrado Resort. Following your optional yoga class enjoy breakfast in Gardens Restaurant at the resort at your leisure.
Meet the group to journey to Taos Pueblo and World UNESCO Heritage Center. The pueblo is the essence of our heritage in Taos, and these multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1,000 years. We will see traditional hornos within the village to illustrate puebloan baking. Learn about the Rio de Pueblo and Rio de Lucero that flow from sacred waters high in the mountains above the Pueblo and provide a life-source for natural foods that nurture the people of the Pueblo.
This afternoon, we visit New Mexico’s most photographed church, San Francisco de Asis Mission Historical Landmark; built between 1772 and 1816, supervised by the Franciscans, boasting buttresses up to seven feet thick and two front-facing bell towers, the mission was a particularly favorite subject for Ansel Adams.
We meet Executive Chef Cristina Martinez at El Monte Sagrado kitchen to enjoy a regional Farm to Table Cooking Class. Tonight’s dinner we enjoy our delicious menu items we’ve created in the kitchen together paired with local wine pairing.
Tonight’s accommodations are at the tranquil, luxury, adobe resort El Monte Sagrado in Taos.
Day Three ~ The Rio Grande Road to Santa Fe
Journey to the edge of the Rio Grande and join our Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) guide in Pilar. Whether you’re a novice or an expert, this stretch of river is enjoyable for all levels alike. Bask in the meditative paddling up river while listening to the sound of the current and the vibrant birds’ songs along the banks.
*For those who would choose not to SUP, a relaxing and meditative yoga class will be offered alongside the river’s edge.
After you’re quenched by the river, we shuttle to Vivác Winery to learn about some of the oldest vines in the country brought here by the Franciscans. Nestled below Barrancas Blancas Mountain in Dixon, we learning about Vivác’s 18 year story and taste some of the only wine made using 100% New Mexico grapes. Vivác, a Spanish term meaning “high-altitude refuge”, is a family love affair of handpicked New Mexican grown grapes, known by Wine Enthusiast Magazine as the Highest Rated Red Wine Producer in New Mexico’s History. Pair your wines with a decadent and delicious picnic made by your host.
We complete our tour in Santa Fe on our Historical Architectural & Interior walking tour with Tonia Umphrey. Walking down small, winding back roads in the residential historic district intertwined with Canyon Road’s Gallery district you will discover the traditional warmth of New Mexican Pueblo style, the classic elegance of a Spanish Territorial and the tall and narrow pitched roofs of Northern New Mexico style. As we walk along the traditional Acequia (water ditches) in the historic district, learn about their history, and how they continue to be used today to irrigate private residences gardens through a time-old tradition of controlling the opening and closing of the water flow. Celebrate at the end of your walking tour with a glass of Gruet champagne at the Gruet Tasting Room at Hotel St. Francis. Your guide Tonia has been a New Mexico resident for over 25 years and has worked closely with the historic preservation at the Pueblo of Acoma and is one of Santa Fe’s leading Interior Designers
We come full circle across three days, from Santa Fe to Taos, and say our farewells at the Hotel St. Francis in Santa Fe.
What’s Included in the Tour
- Comfortable Transportation pick up & drop off in Santa Fe
- Luggage Delivery Service at Resort
- All Meals including Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- All Accommodations at El Monte Sagrado Resort in Taos
- Heritage Inspirations Water Bottle
- Entry into Ojo Caliente Mineral Hot Springs
- Entry into UNESCO World Heritage Site Taos Pueblo
- Farm to Table Experience with Chef Cristina Martinez
- All Guided Activities and Adventures
- Wine Tasting at Vivac Winery
- Local Guide Tipping
- Discounts on your Pre & Post Hotel Accommodations
What’s Not Included in the Tour
- Airfare to New Mexico
- Tipping for Heritage Inspirations Guide
- Pre & Post Hotel Accommodations
Suggestions to prepare for your Journey
- Northern New Mexico is a very open and exposed landscape in high elevation. Be sure to wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a sun hat. Be sure to drink lots of water on your journey.
- Wear comfortable walking shoes to enjoy exploring.
- New Mexico weather can change without much notice. Wear layered clothing, have a rain layer and light long sleeve layer to protect your skin during sunny days.
- Binoculars are encouraged.
- Tag your luggage with your name to make easy for Bellman delivery service.
- Bring a Daypack with your belongings needed for day excursions to bring in and out of vehicle for activities. Tag your bag with your name.
- Suggestions of what to include: Water Bottle, Rain Layer, Hat, Sunscreen, Snacks and any necessary personal items.
- Heritage Inspirations understands that you will want to enjoy free time in Taos to explore the historical Plaza, shopping and character of the town. There will be time in between our scheduled activities to soak in the flavors of Taos during your visit.
Trip Cost Details
- 4 Minimum Guests per tour
- 8 Maximum Guest per tour (Custom tours can be arranged)
- Cost Per Person Rate Ranging $1550-$1750 + tax
Single Supplement Fees
For Single Travelers who want to ensure a private hotel room without sharing with someone on the group there will be a Single Supplement Fee added to the tour of $100 per day.
Cancellation & Deposit Policy
Advanced Bookings are required.
When booking one our Multi-Day excursions 50% of the Total Trip Deposit is due at the time of booking. Your final deposit is due 15 Days before the Tour Departure Date. Cancellations can be made up to 45 days prior to receive a full refund for your tour departure date.
We regret that exceptions to our cancellation policy cannot be made for any reason, including weather, terrorism, civil unrest or personal emergencies. There is no refund for arriving late or leaving a trip early.
Our mission is to provide you with an inspirational and immersive experience that elevates your sensations, palate and spiritual encounter with the diversity of the Land of Enchantment! From the moment we meet and start our tour together, your guide will take care of your every need or request. We offer you all the details, timing, what to expect and all information necessary to prepare you for each day and activity.
With small groups we are able to really focus in on each participant and engage every interest you have along the way. Our tours are designed to provide an unforgettably extraordinary opportunity exploring and discovering the regions highlighted so that you walk away feeling a personal relationship with the people and places visited.