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October 10-17, 2023

Join us as we explore the archaeological sites of Colorado and New Mexico, starting at the Albuquerque Balloon Festival and the eternal city of Acoma, and heading north to Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon.  We will observe the Annular Eclipse from the UNESCO World Heritage site Chaco Canyon.  Chaco was a center for trade and culture for the Ancestral Puebloans from 850 to 1250 AD. Many buildings are aligned to the sun and moon and show knowledge of astronomical observations. 

Mesa Verde Expedition map

Our adventure will begin in historic Albuquerque and Acoma Sky City, the oldest continuously inhabited city in America, founded in 1150. We will then see the International Balloon Festival, where we can soar in hot air balloons.
Heading north we will explore Santa Fe, and then the dramatic landscapes at Abiquiu Valley and Ghost Ranch, made famous by Georgia O’Keeffe’s paintings. At night, we’ll savor this outstanding Dark Sky location.
We will then discover the renowned World Heritage Site of Chaco Canyon, focal point for Pueblo Indian Culture, and will see the Annular Solar Eclipse there. Our adventure will cross into Colorado to historic Durango, of railroad fame, and to Mesa Verde to discover breathtaking vistas and its cliffside dwellings.

With leadership by excellent naturalist and archaeoastronomer Bryan Bates, discover the rich cultural and natural heritage of this fascinating region.

We invite you to join us!
Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc.
For AAAS Travels & Sigma Xi Expeditions

$5,495 per person twin share (or $995 single supplement)
+ air
Mass Ascention Balloon ride: $795 per person

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