Mixing Business with Pleasure: Cultural Experiences with Lasting Impressions

It’s easy to step inside cultural experiences with lasting impressions in New Mexico.

Here are our top picks to make it even easier to blend work with play and New Mexico’s unique heritage.

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Miss Indian World (Marble Street Studios)

Gathering of Nations Pow Wow (Albuquerque)

Close to 3,000 American Indian dancers and singers representing more than 700 tribes in the United States and Canada gather in Albuquerque every April for the annual Gathering of Nations Pow Wow. Activities and events include the crowning of Miss Indian World, singing, dancing, shopping, a traders market, native food and music.

Taos Pueblo (Taos)

This Pueblo, located just outside modern-day Taos, is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Pueblo is nestled against the Taos Mountains, offering spectacular vistas framing the harmony between land, sky and humanity. The Pueblo is open to visitors throughout the year and is a popular destination during its annual pow wow.

More about visiting Taos Pueblo can be found here.

Acoma Pueblo
Acoma Pueblo

Acoma Pueblo (Albuquerque)
It is believed that Acoma Pueblo has been inhabited for more than 800 years, making it one of the longest continually-inhabited communities in the country. This UNESCO World Heritage Site sits atop a high mesa, giving it the moniker “Sky City.” Residents carry on age-old culinary and artistic traditions. The Pueblo is open to visitors, and is home to the Sky City Cultural Center & Haak’u Museum.

Read more about day trips to Acoma Pueblo here.

Museum Hill (Santa Fe)

Possibly no area in the Southwest can boast the variety and significance of exhibits you’ll find on Santa Fe’s Museum Hill. This museum district is home to the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, the Museum of Spanish Colonial Art and the Museum of International Folk Art, each celebrating a wealth of art and history.

World-Class Flamenco (Albuquerque, Santa Fe)

Flamenco is a Spanish folk art bringing together dance and rhythmic guitar and vocalizations. Performers have to bring attitude, drama and flair, and New Mexico’s performers are among the best in the world. Not only is Albuquerque home to the National Institute of Flamenco, which hosts a week-long festival every year, but Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town will soon open a performance space dedicated to flamenco artists. The Lodge at Santa Fe also hosts a summer flamenco series along with other performances throughout the year.

No matter your destination or season you visit, you can get lost in New Mexico’s history and traditions.

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