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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I'm going to New Mexico in 5 days....has anyone been there before????

Any tips for packing and such or activities to try???


I'm really excited to go.
post #2 of 17
"Hola!"..
can you speak spanish?...at least a bit?
Certainly I not been there but maybe i can to tell you a couple of advices:

1.- Avoid the "Chili" food. If you don´t to eat regularly spicy food maybe you should to Choose so WELL what you going to eat. The Chili is not bad but also is so Strong to some stomachs!

2.-Avoid the Tequila beverages. If you don´t to drink regularly alcoholic beverages, the Tequila is sometimes "Betrayal" ...so you need to be warning of it!

I hope you have a nicely and wonderful time in Mexico lands!

To Bring us pics of the trip my friend!
post #3 of 17
the only thing I've heard is that you should check your shoes before putting them on have fun! and I've also heard that it can get pretty cold in the evenings so you should probably bring a sweater or something for that
post #4 of 17
Just remember that it is a desert/arrid region. I'm sure they will tell you 150 times at least, but be sure to drink enough water! It's very deceptive in such a dry climate if you aren't used to it, but you won't feel thirsty until it's too late, and if you are doing any kind of physical activities (hiking or manual labor), you won't necessarily feel yourself sweating because it evaporates so fast. And bring lotion! Your skin will dry out fast too.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
the only thing I've heard is that you should check your shoes before putting them on have fun! and I've also heard that it can get pretty cold in the evenings so you should probably bring a sweater or something for that

mmm, do I want to know why I should check my shoes.. I know there's snakes and bugs there but I just wanna pretend that there isn't LOL.


I am pretty sensitive to spice foods that is good to know. I won't be of age to legally drink there, so I don't think that will be an issue LOL.


There are 18 of us going and we are mainly visiting pueblo's and such during the day, but what is there to do at night for 20 year olds LOL??
post #6 of 17
Are you camping at all? If so, um, check the sleeping bag too before you get in it at night.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by valanhb
Are you camping at all? If so, um, check the sleeping bag too before you get in it at night.


Oh eewwwwww, but thankfully no we are not camping, although that may be a better alternative to the hotel/motels we are staying in. LOL. By thedescriptions of them, we are staying the rough areas of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by IloveSiamese


Oh eewwwwww, but thankfully no we are not camping, although that may be a better alternative to the hotel/motels we are staying in. LOL. By thedescriptions of them, we are staying the rough areas of Santa Fe and Albuquerque.
yeah, check the sheets then
for at night I'm sure they may be 18 and over clubs if you're into that sort of thing
post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
yeah, check the sheets then
for at night I'm sure they may be 18 and over clubs if you're into that sort of thing

But the legal drinking age is still 21 there right???? its 19 here where I live and 18 in some other provinces....I will be only 1 amoung 4 of the total 18 going that won't be of age.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by IloveSiamese
But the legal drinking age is still 21 there right???? its 19 here where I live and 18 in some other provinces....I will be only 1 amoung 4 of the total 18 going that won't be of age.
there are clubs around here that will let 18 and over in, but the over 21 crowd wear's a wristband to signal they can buy drinks so I'm guessing the situation is probably similar there?
post #11 of 17
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Originally Posted by katiemae1277
there are clubs around here that will let 18 and over in, but the over 21 crowd wear's a wristband to signal they can buy drinks so I'm guessing the situation is probably similar there?

MMM here the legal drinking age is 19, but as long as I can be a tag-along and still go inside is good with me. I don't have to drink to have a good time, besides, I'm sure some of my friends will need a babysitter if they're going to be drinking LOL
post #12 of 17
I was just in Santa Fe a couple months ago, and it's beautiful. Make sure you go all the way up the Sandia Mountains. It was so pretty it made me cry.

You will probably like Santa Fe better than Albuquerque. Everything out there is SOOO expensive, I think in Santa Fe they raised the minimum wage to 8 or 9 something, which is really high (its 5.25 elsewhere).

One very very important thing is to drink obscene quantities of water. Santa Fe is 7,000+ ft elevation, Albuquerque is 5,000 or so. I got terrible altitude sickness in Santa Fe. Dizzy, swollen, thirsty, etc.

The main part of town has really sweet stuff, make sure you go to the church.

If you lived nearby I'd give you my AAA book!

And enjoy the pinon smell.
post #13 of 17
I'm from Arizona, so I can offer some generalized packing tips.

Bring stuff for layering. It can already be getting up to 100+ (though maybe not where you're going) during the day and down to 50-60 at night (though that may not bother you being from Canada!)

Sunscreen! If you will be outside wear sunscreen. don't forget the part in your hair and your ears and the back of your neck. from 10 am to 2 pm is the most dangerous time.

Like others have said, drink lots of water!

I recommend sunglasses. The sun seems brighter out west and the desert is very good at reflecting light off the dirt and into your eyes.

If you'll be hiking, just be mindful of nature. Just about everything in the desert is designed to poke in some way. And I don't know if they have this cactus in NM, but stay away from CHOLLA! (pronounced choya) Dear god that stuff is awful. Don't even brush up against it. If you get it in your shoes, use a long stick to flick it off.

If you can, visit White Sands, it's beautiful! Though it is south of where you'll be going, so you may not be able to make it there.

Santa Fe mexican food is "frou frou" mexican food. Santa Fe is just frou frou in and of itself, though very beautiful.

Albuquerque (sp?) has a big state university, so I know there will be clubs and such, though you're going after school has ended so some stuff may be closed down.

And mainly enjoy yourself! I love the desert so much and really miss it. It's very different from many areas around the world and (to me) very beautiful.

~Julia
post #14 of 17
I got altitude sickness in Santa Fe, too. Not terrible...just a headache and a little nausea. Drinking plenty of water will help that, and you might want to pack a little Tylenol in case you get a headache.
post #15 of 17
I figured I'd go ahead and respond in this thread for you so you wouldn't have to keep thread hopping.

There's quite a few clubs in Albuquerque that let in 18 and over. My favorite was called the Pulse. I you want to go shopping in ABQ. then try Coronado Mall. There's also a tri-centennial celebration with tons of activities going on in ABQ. now though October. Here's a website with some information about that: http://www.abq300.org/

For more information about ABQ. you can also try: http://www.itsatrip.org/ Click on Visitors for listings of stuff to do. Oh, and if you don't find it on your own, here's an inside link with pueblo information and ettiquite, as you said you were going to visit some: http://www.itsatrip.org/visitors/americanindian/


Right outside Albuquerque is a little town called Madrid. It's a little tiny hippie town with lots of cool shops. While you're there, stop at the Mine Shaft Tavern and get a buffalo burger. They have the BEST I've ever had. And when you're done, go take the tour next door at the old coal mine musem.

Madrid can be found in north central New Mexico, on NM Hwy 14, 17 miles southwest of US Interstate 25, exit 278, at Santa Fe, and 31 miles northeast of US Interstate 40, exit 175 (at a point 8 miles east of Albuquerque)


As far as Santa Fe goes, I've never been there, but have always wanted to go. Here's a website with information about Santa Fe: http://santafe.org/

And if you get a chance you should really go check out the spiral staircase for me at the Chapel Loretto. It's a wonderment of architecture. Here's a link with the wikipedia info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loretto_Chapel
post #16 of 17
I don't really have anything to offer other than that I'm jealous! I hope you have a great time. The Southwest is my favorite part of this country! Places like REI sell great clothing for desert hiking, as well as kits to keep yourself safe. I love my CamelBak hydration pack. They also make day packs that come with a hydration system, which I highly recommend. Make sure you buy some good hiking shoes, if hiking is in your plans.

http://www.rei.com/online/store/Sear..._CAMPING_TOC:N
post #17 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys for the great information. I am worried about the altitude or whatever.... I live on very flat saskatchewan. I'm also worried about the temps too becasue I am very climatized for cold, dry weather, but atleast the places we are staying are going to have air conditioning.

Our evenings are free as well as the one saterday we are there, so we get to decide what to do. Some want to shop, some want to white water rafting or going in a hot air balloon .

thanks again,

Kallie
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