Understand and appreciate both the archaeology and history of the Puebloan cultures, including the contemporary peoples and their relationship and interactions with the larger society. This is a rare and wonderful opportunity to explore the Puebloan culture which is today extant in only a few places.

Home Hospitality

Provided by the Friendship Force club of New Mexico.

Live With a Local

  • Try some local specialties including dishes made with green and/or red chili.
  • See the area’s unique blending of three distinct cultures: Native American, Hispanic, and Anglo.
  • Enjoy professional lectures given by an archeologist whose expertise is the complex cultures of the area.

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit Chaco Canyon Cultural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and several other national monuments. New Mexico is home to 19 Native American pueblos, as well as part of the Navajo Nation, and two groups of Apache – Jicarilla and Mescalero.
  • We will visit several archeological sites where we will attend lectures to learn about the history of each site.
  • Take field trips to Acoma Pueblo, Chaco Canyon Cultural Park, Petroglyph National Monument, Bandelier National Monument, Salinas National Monument, Puye Cliff Dwellings and Taos Pueblo.
We gave them a true taste of New Mexico hospitality and they were well exposed to our native culture, a combination of Hispanic and Native American. We formed friendships and definitely broke down barriers to understanding. - Host from FF New Mexico, September 2015

Ancestral and Contemporary Puebloan Culture in New Mexico

15 Days / 14 Nights Program and Itinerary:

May 8, 2017 – May 21, 2017
Coordinator: Lenore Pardee and Judith Mead, FF New Mexico
lenorerp@aol.com and j.w.mead@centurylink.net

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

May 8

Arrive Albuquerque

Welcome dinner

May 9

Lecture on Ancestral to Contemporary Pueblo cultures

Visit Indian Pueblo cultural center

May 10

Drive to Grants

En route, visit Acoma Contemporary Pueblo

Lecture at hotel in Grants on Chaco Canyon

Spend night in Grants at hotel

May 11

Visit Chaco Culture National Historic Park: Pueblo Bonito, Casa Rinconada, Chetro Ketl, Wijiji, accompanied by local lecturer

Box lunch at Chaco

Return to Grants to spend the night. (It is a two-hour drive over a bad road from Grants to Chaco. We plan to remain at Chaco until it closes at 5 pm)

May 12

Drive to Albuquerque

Lecture on Rock Art

Visit Petroglyph National Monument

May 13

Drive to Santa Fe

Visit Palace of the Governors and several museums dedicated to Indian culture

Spend the night in hotel in Santa Fe

May 14

Visit Bandolier National Monument and Tsankawi Ruins

Spend night in Santa Fe

May 15

Visit Puye ruins, Santa Clara and Taos Pueblos

Return to Albuquerque

May 16

Lectures by contemporary Pueblo leaders

May 17

Drive to Coronado State Monument, Jemez National Monument

Visit Jemez Pueblo

May 18

Visit Salinas National Monument: Abo, Quarai, Gran Quivera

May 19

Visit contemporary pueblos

May 20

Indian dances at Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Farewell dinner

May 21



$1800 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, honoraria for speakers, four nights in hotels, entry fees to museums and archaeological sites, transportation, and all meals except six lunches and four dinners. There is a $750.00 advance payment due at the time of application, which will be returned in full if the ambassador is not accepted for the program.


Wait list only

Moderately Challenging

Know before you go

  • New Mexico is a large state and visiting Puebloan sites will require several long days on the road.
  • Ambassadors will need to be able to walk at least a mile over sometimes uneven and rough terrain. We cannot accommodate any walking aids other than trekking poles.
  • The exchange will take place the latter part of May, and temperatures will be warm, but not hot.
  • There could be some rain.
  • Hats for sun protection are a must.
  • The altitude will be from 5000 to 6500 feet above sea level.
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