“a Unesco heritage site”
Situated in the valley of a small tributary of the Rio Grande, this Pueblo Indian settlement, consisting of adobe dwellings and ceremonial buildings, exemplifies the enduring culture of a group of the present-day Pueblo Indians. It is one of a group of settlements established in the late 13th and early 14th centuries in the valleys of the Rio Grande and its tributaries that have survived to the present day and constitutes a significant stage in the history of urban, community and cultural life and development in this region. Pueblo de Taos is similar to the settlements in the Four Corners area of the Anasazi, or ancient Pueblo people at such places as Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde, and continues to be a thriving community with a living culture.Criterion (iv) Pueblo de Taos is a remarkable example of a traditional type of architectural ensemble from the prehispanic period of the Americas unique to this region and one which, because of the living culture of its community, has successfully retained most of its traditional forms up to the present day. Taos is a remarkable example of a traditional type of architectural ensemble from the pre-Hispanic period of the Americas and unique to this region which has successfully retained most of its traditional forms to the present day. Thanks to the determination of the latter-day Native American community, it appears to be successfully resisting the pressures of modern society.
This is definitely worth a side trip if you are staying in Sante Fe. It was a pretty drive up to the pueblo. When you get there, you take the 30 minute walking tour with a guide who offers a lot of great information. Then you wander around for as long as you want. Many of the residents have shops in their homes selling jewelry, native crafts, drums and food. Try the fry bread with cinnamon and honey on top! I also bought some rolls baked in the traditional outdoor oven. Best yet...the pueblo is dog friendly! They can go on the tour other than going inside the church, but I stood in the doorway with my dog and was able to hear everything.
The community is closed once a year for ceremonies and private time, so make sure to check before you go. The local hotels will know when. In 2014 it was March 8-April 27.
We wish we had arrived earlier in the day, as the town closes up at 5p. We did get fry bread and stew! The artwork and jewelry are unique and beautiful. The town is serene and peaceful, and the people who live there are so nice! A must see!
It's definitely a different experience than a normal museum or tour, since this is where people actually live. The tour is awesome-- definitely do it. Lots of people sell crafts and stuff out of their homes, and they're all super nice and will answer any questions you have. And I agree with karenstl: try the fry bread!
Neat and unique way to experience Native American history and culture. People are very friendly, tour is awesome, food is ono and it is stunningly beautiful. Also you can get beautiful jewelry a lot cheaper than you can in a store or Santa Fe. You can even watch a few of them create some beautiful jewelry. Definitely a must stop.
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