Santa Fe Weekend: New Art, Ancient Traditions - Atlas Obscura Trips
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tourism Santa Fe
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tourism Santa Fe
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tourism Santa Fe
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Santa Fe Weekend: New Art, Ancient Traditions

from $1,280 USD per person for 3 days, 2 nights
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  • 12 People Maximum
  • Easy Activity Level
  • Communities Up Close
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Trip Overview

Spend a weekend immersed in the rich history, deeply rooted tradition, and constantly evolving art-scape of northern New Mexico. We’ll weave our way through Santa Fe and beyond, taking a behind-the-scenes tour of Santa Fe’s artist studios, exploring an adobe farmhouse replete with new media art, and learning the ins and outs of crafting traditional Pueblo pottery. Alongside local artists and tribal members, we’ll delve into the region’s history and heritage, joining our host for a homemade feast-day style meal, dipping our fingers into the healing soil of El Santuario de Chimayo, and satisfying our palates with some famously sweet and smoky heirloom Chimayo peppers.

  • Conversations with local artists
  • Pueblo pottery-making demo
  • Healing Chimayo earth
  • Traditional meal at San Ildefonso Pueblo


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

Arrival & Departure

We’ll meet our group at The Plaza in downtown Santa Fe at 12:30 pm on Friday. The Santa Fe Plaza is located in downtown Santa Fe, roughly an hour from Albuquerque International Airport, or 20 minutes from Santa Fe Regional Airport. We recommend arriving in Santa Fe no later than 10:30 a.m. so you can settle in before meeting up with the group. Our trip will conclude on the morning of Sunday. You can make arrangements to fly out of Santa Fe or Albuquerque or feel free to stick around in Santa Fe and explore the city on your own.


There are a variety of wonderful hotel and Airbnb options available in Santa Fe. Accommodations are not included in your trip, but we recommend staying in downtown Santa Fe. If you’d like accommodation recommendations, our guide is happy to suggest several lovely local hotels. Email if you’d like assistance with lodging.

Activity Level

This trip entails some light activity. Travelers should feel comfortable walking one to two miles outdoors each day.

Health & Safety

Note that Santa Fe, New Mexico stands at 7,100 feet in elevation, which can make physical activity more demanding. Altitude affects some more than others; if you are sensitive to altitude, we encourage you to arrive a day or two early to acclimate. 

  • An experienced local guide to accompany you throughout the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Guided tours and admission to all museums, galleries, and activities.
  • One dinner, one lunch, and a traditional feast meal in San Ildefonso Pueblo.
  • Gratuity for our drivers.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura fans, curious to explore the artistic and cultural offerings of Santa Fe and the surrounding area.
  • Flights and other transport to and from Santa Fe.
  • Airport transfers.
  • 3 nights of accommodations in Santa Fe, NM
  • 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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Trip FAQs

Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated. Let us know your restrictions ahead of time by emailing so we can work with your trip leader to make arrangements.

Upcoming Departures

  • Jun 19–Jun 21, 2020
    from $1,280 per person
  • Sep 25–Sep 27, 2020
    from $1,280 per person
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