Over Memorial Day weekend I was able to go and visit a girlfriend who’s living in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and we booked a unique hiking experience for that Sunday.
I was a little leery booking the hike over the internet as I’m not a “typical tourist” and I tend to avoid group outings, but something about this hike just “called to me.”
I was very pleased to find the company LLama Adventures whose “Take a Llama to Lunch Day Hike” fit my schedule and budget perfectly! And Leah, who handles the program administration/bookings was efficient, helpful and kind.
On the day of our hike the drive from Santa Fe to Taos was beautiful, and we stopped in Taos for coffee and a quick breakfast of homemade bread (and fresh fig jam) before meeting up with our tour guide Stuart Wilde and being introduced to our llamas.
I can only begin to describe how peaceful, educational and therapeutic this day was. The hike proceeds at a leisurely pace, so I was forced to truly slow down and enjoy the landscape. Along with receiving lots of animal love/interaction from my personal llama K2, I learned so much about natural foliage, indigenous plants with healing properties, the local tree population, area conservation efforts and llamas in general.
We were a small group, and our knowledgeable and friendly guide (Stuart) moved from person to person throughout the day, interacting with each of us, as we hiked. We also stopped frequently for short “lessons” and then had an incredible lunch prepared for us in a gorgeous meadow.
If you find yourself in Northern New Mexico and are looking for a beautiful day trip that will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated and even better educated than when you started. I would highly recommend LLama Adventures.
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