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art & culture • 6 days, 5 nights

Private Trip: Immersive Art and Otherworldly Landscapes of Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico
art & culture • 6 days, 5 nights

Private Trip: Immersive Art and Otherworldly Landscapes of Santa Fe

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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  • Group Size 8 People Maximum
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  • Travel Style
    Communities Up Close
from $2,920 USD per person
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Trip Overview

Lose yourself in mysterious desert landscapes and unique artistic realms on this privately guided experience led by a local art historian. We’ll take you behind the scenes at artist studios, meditate inside a hand-carved cave, and expand our psyches in the House of Eternal Return. Come explore the flourishing art scene, intriguing cultural heritage, and magical setting that have captivated artists from Georgia O’Keeffe to Judy Chicago. We'll introduce you to unique access and unusual insights that will make it clear that the City Different more than lives up to its nickname.

For a day-by-day itinerary description, either inquire with us directly or visit the group trip page, here. Note that the itinerary's pacing and inclusions may be adjusted depending on the size of your group.

  • Artist studio visits
  • Hand-carved art caves
  • Discussions and demonstrations
  • Privately guided experience


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Trip Leader

Elaine Ritchel
Elaine fell in love with art at the age of five. She can still remember being struck by the vibrant colors of van Gogh and Monet—and it’s this same fascination and curiosity that inspires the tours she leads today. She holds a master's degree in Art History and has worked as a gallery teacher and art museum educator in the US and abroad. She specializes in discussion-based teaching and creates meaningful, art-centered experiences that promote visual literacy, inspire personal awareness, and deepen connections with the world around us. After a three-year stint in Croatia, where she worked at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Zagreb and the Croatian Association of Artists, Elaine returned to New Mexico to launch Santa Fe Art Tours. When she's not gathering people together around great works of art, Elaine enjoys exploring the desert landscapes of northern New Mexico and relaxing at her adobe casita with a good book. Elaine is also an arts, culture, and travel writer.

Additional Info

The cost of this trip is $2,920 per person, based on a minimum group size of four participants in double-occupancy rooms at The Parador Hotel during low season. Hotel prices vary depending on seasonality, which will influence the cost of the trip depending on your dates. For a single occupancy room, there will be a supplement (the exact rate will vary depending on your dates). If your group is smaller than four, please contact us for current rates.

The starting per person price is based on five nights at The Parador, a 200-year-old farmhouse in the heart of downtown Santa Fe, offering a variety of rooming configurations. If you're interested in a different level or style of accommodation, we'd be happy to discuss options and price points.

Activity Level

Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to three miles over the course of each day, outside in the sun. We are happy to tailor the pace and activity level to your group. 

Arrival & Departure

We’ll depart for our welcome dinner from El Parador Bed & Breakfast at 6 p.m. on Day 1. El Parador is located in downtown Santa Fe, roughly an hour from Albuquerque International Airport, or 20 minutes from Santa Fe Regional Airport. You’re welcome to arrive and check in at El Parador after 3 p.m. on Day 1. We recommend arriving no later than 5 p.m. Our trip will conclude on the morning of Day 6. Check out from El Parador is at 11 a.m. You can make arrangements to fly out of Santa Fe or Albuquerque or you're welcome to stick around in Santa Fe and explore the city on your own. 

  • An experienced local guide to accompany you throughout the trip.
  • Lodging in double-accommodation rooms at the Parador Santa Fe for the duration of the tour. 
  • Guided tours and admission to all museums, galleries, and activities.
  • Meals as mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Transport to and from Santa Fe.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional food and drink outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Applying for a U.S. visa, if applicable.
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