New Mexico: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

New Mexico: Trip Preparation & Destination Information

About New Mexico


New Mexico is a captivating destination that seamlessly blends art, landscape, and culture. Its diverse landscapes, from the dramatic desert of White Sands to the rugged Rocky Mountains, provide a stunning backdrop for artistic inspiration. The state's vibrant art scene, especially in Santa Fe, showcases a rich tapestry of traditional and contemporary works, with renowned museums and galleries offering a glimpse into its artistic heritage. Immerse yourself in the captivating blend of artistic expression, breathtaking landscapes, and rich cultural heritage of New Mexico, where every step is an invitation to discover a world where art, nature, and culture converge in an unforgettable journey of exploration and inspiration.

Capital City: Santa Fe

Population: 2,113,344

Time Zone: Mountain Standard Time (GMT-6)

Emergency Number: 911

Outlet: Type A


Cactus in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Chili peppers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Packing List

Building with blue trimmed door and windows in Santa Fe, New Mexico.




Fun Facts

  • New Mexico is known as the "Land of Enchantment." This nickname reflects the state's natural beauty, diverse landscapes, and rich cultural heritage, which have captivated visitors and residents alike for centuries.
  • New Mexico has a rich multicultural heritage influenced by Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo-American cultures. It is home to 23 Native American tribes, and its history is intertwined with Spanish colonialism and Mexican influence. This blend of cultures is reflected in the state's art, cuisine, and traditions.
  • Green Chile: New Mexico is renowned for its green chile, which is an integral part of the state's cuisine. The green chile is harvested in late summer and early fall, and it is featured in a variety of dishes, from traditional stews and sauces to burgers, pizzas, and even ice cream. Green chile is beloved by locals and visitors alike, adding a spicy and flavorful kick to New Mexican cuisine.
  • New Mexico's cultural heritage is deeply influenced by Spanish colonialism. Traditional Spanish colonial art forms, such as retablos (religious paintings on wood), bultos (wooden sculptures of saints), and tinwork are celebrated and preserved in the region.
  • Canyon Road is a historic street in Santa Fe known for its vibrant art scene. It is lined with numerous art galleries, studios, and boutiques, showcasing a wide range of artistic styles and mediums. Visitors can explore the galleries, meet artists, and appreciate the diverse art collections along this iconic street.


Tipping Suggestions: Tips for guides, drivers, and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.

Guides USD $5-10 per person/per day
Drivers USD $5-10 per person/per day
Restaurants (full service)
USD 20% of total bill


1. Where can I find information on travel safety? Click here for the most up-to-date information on safety while traveling.

2. What are the options for public transportation in Santa Fe? Santa Fe offers public transportation through the Santa Fe Trails bus system, which operates several routes throughout the city.

3. Is Uber or Lyft available? Taxis and rideshare services like Uber and Lyft are also available. Keep in mind that the downtown area is walkable, and many attractions are within a reasonable distance.

4. Is the tap water safe to drink in Santa Fe? Yes, the tap water in Santa Fe is safe to drink. The city has a high-quality water supply, and you can find water fountains and dispensers throughout public spaces. It's always a good idea to carry a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated.

5. Do you recommend travel insurance?  While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner,, or from a provider of your choice.

6. How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour, we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.

Luggage Restrictions

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