By David Currier
Chimayo is not Santa Fe.
Santa Fe glistens in the New Mexico sunshine. This exciting state capital is a beacon to travelers yearning to experience the history of the American Southwest.
The Spanish began settling this area in 1598. The city of Santa Fe de San Francisco de Assisi was established in 1608 and became the capital of this northern part of New Spain (in North America) in 1610.
An exciting city unto itself, Santa Fe showcases the oldest church in the United States, 250 art galleries representing local and international artists, art and history museums, energetic bars for evening socializing, cabaret and fine dining. The local Plaza frequently hosts local musicians who entertain passersby while hoping a few dollars get tossed into their guitar case. You’ll enjoy some darned good performances here. Basically free entertainment – but I always support the performing arts.
For travelers who…
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