Private Tour: Albuquerque Full Day
A stop for lunch at the Pueblo Harvest Café, is a definite option. The Café is inviting with indoor and outdoor seating serving traditional Pueblo flavors and New Mexico style cooking. It gets better! Every Saturday & Sunday at 12 pm the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center offers traditional Native American dances from the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico, as well as Plains Style, Navajo, Apache, and Hopi dancers.
Driving north on Rio Grande Boulevard we can visit the historic Los Poblanos Ranch and the Farm Shop that features artisan lavender products made from organic lavender essential oil along with their farm foods collection fresh from the kitchen located by the Rio Grande River and the Bosque (one of the largest Cottonwood forests in the world).
Down the road, the Tasting Room at Casa Rondeña Winery allows us the opportunity to sample the entire portfolio of fine wines made on the winery premises. The Tasting Room staff is knowledgeable about wine, and we can not only taste, but also purchase award-winning wines. The gift shop is filled with items from local artisans. We can also have a glass of wine on the patio and walk the beautiful grounds. It is like a quick trip to Italy with Tuscany style buildings, gardens and ponds. The Boulevard continues through a winding path by farms and extraordinary houses to Corrales a small village to the north of Albuquerque. Tours to Corrales and beyond are also available.
Next, a visit to the prehistoric Pueblo Indian village of Kuaua, one of many large settlements established during the Classic Period (1325 to 1600 A.D.) of Anasazi Culture. The site, located on the west bank of the Rio Grande just north of Albuquerque, includes the remains of 1,200 interconnected adobe-walled surface dwellings and storage rooms, six kivas and three ceremonial plazas. Also located on the site is a Spanish Pueblo Revival style museum. We can climb down inside a restored Kiva by ladder to experience the ancient center of spiritual life for the Anasazi people.
A drive to the Sandia Tram is another possibility. This trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. At sunset the desert skies produce a spectacular array of color, and your vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and the Land of Enchantment. We can take 1-3 people on this tour. for more please call.
- Bottled water
- Local guide
- Hotel pickup
- Hotel drop-off
- Transport by private vehicle
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
- Food and drinks, unless specified
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
- A maximum of 3 people per booking
- This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
This was my first visit to Albuquerque. Since the Marriott Pyramid North offered the Corn Maiden Tour as a local attraction, I was confident that it would be worthwhile. It turned out to be even more outstanding and amazing. I listed my background and interests of architecture and Native American culture, and my tour complemented all of my requests. My guide was an Archeologist with years of experience with the New Mexico culture and the region. My personal day tour went north up the El Camino Real Highway where we saw the beautiful panoramas of volcanos and wonderful mountain scenery. My guide narrated an overview of the Turf Shurn Tui Pueblo area; the Sandia Pueblo area; a tour through the Bernalillo adobe architecture; the Coronado Historic Site of the Kuaua Pueblo on the Rio Grande River; and the Santa Ana Casino area. We had an authentic New Mexican lunch at Silvia’s Saloon in Bernalillo. We walked through the Los Poblanos Ranch to see the lovely lavender fields, mix of Adobe and Greek architecture, many artifacts collected from the settling of the region, and taste the wonderful food they created on the farm. We then drove by many luxurious homes of some of the well-known families of New Mexico. We stopped at the Pueblo Harvest, near the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center where they have indigenous Dance Festivals. There I purchased authentic Native American goods and jewelry at the Shumakolowa Native Arts Shop. Then we ended the tour with a walk through the Old Town plazas, patios, architecture, and shops. My guide Mae knew many people of the communities along our route. What an extensive and excellent day of discovery!Thank you so much to Mae and Corn Maiden Tours for the opportunity to absorb all of this culture of Albuquerque in one day!Judith C. White, BS, MS-GIS
We spent an entire day with our guide Any Atkins from Corm Maiden Tours. She was very attuned to our interests and made sure we were able to see a variety of sites and make the most of this visit. She was very knowledgable about the area and able to answer any questions. I would definitely recommend booking this tour.