What to Expect: ¡Bienvenidos de Albuquerque! Tour

Albuquerque is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation and it is the epicenter of Southwestern influences and traditions. As the primary metropolitan zone of New Mexico, not only do we have American Indian, Hispanic and Latino and Anglo cultures like most New Mexican towns, but we are truly multicultural with African American, Asian, Middle Eastern and other internationally diverse ethnic communities, creating a unique blend of cultures and heritage that makes it a special travel destination.

On this tour we will hike the nearby Petroglyphs National Monument, one of the largest petroglyph sites in North America. These sacred messages were carved onto volcanic rocks by Native Americans and Spanish colonists between 400 and 700 years ago. “These images are a valuable record of cultural expression and hold profound spiritual significance for contemporary Native Americans and for the descendants of the early Spanish settlers.” -NPS

After our morning hike we will drive along Historic Route 66 from the western mesa at the foot of the Three Sisters Volcanoes, to downtown Albuquerque. There we will enjoy a picnic lunch at one of our favorite local coffee shops and roastery Villa Myrium. They are a family owned business. “In the mid-1960’s, my grandfather built a hacienda in the legendary region of Piendamó, Colombia. It was here that he planted his coffee fields and as a dedication to his daughter Myriam, named it Villa Myriam, which has since yielded some of the best coffee that Colombia is well known for.” -David, owner

Villa Myriam is located adjacent to the future Neon Sign Park, home to the largest collection of classic neon signs of the 20s, 30s, 40 & 50s that once shined along Route 66. These signs have recently been restored, preserved and are now being proudly set on display and shining like new.

After our lunch we will head out east across Albuquerque to experience one of New Mexico’s top destinations. Sandia Peak Tramway. We will soar from the base of the Sandia Mountains in a gondola to the mountain’s peak rising 10,378 feet above sea level. The views at the top of the peak are spectacular on a clear day and you can see 11,000 square miles of New Mexico from above. We will enjoy a moderate hike through the Cibola National Forest along the rim of the mountain. Get ready to soar to new heights and breathe in the fresh air on this exciting introduction to Albuquerque, New Mexico.