As I am stuck at home sniffing, wheezing, coughing and sneezing with this lousy cold I might as well get some blog posts out of the way.
On the same bus tour of the Albuquerque, New Mexico area that took us to the top of Sandia Peak, we visited Acoma Pueblo, the City in the Sky situated on a 367-foot sandstone bluff at an altitude of 6,460 feet. Founded in 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo is the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America.
We started out at the Sky City Cultural Center where our group was split into two to be loaded on to smaller buses to make the climb up to the pueblo.
It was already a cold January day and as the bluff sticks up out of the mountainside, when we stepped out of the buses there was no protection from the wind.
At one point there was some light rain. But the air was clear and the views magnificent.
Life in the pueblo is supposed to be lived as it has for centuries, with no electricity or modern conveniences.
The row of port-a-potties attested to that fact.
Most people who own houses here have other residences in the city. Although on the website it mentions that spiritual leaders live on the mesa year-round.
Evidently there are no interior stairs. These ladders are used to go from floor to floor.
Just a note that photography is limited. You must obtain a permit at the Cultural Center and no video is allowed. One gentleman tried to take his iPad on the tour but was asked to leave it behind.
As you can see, the streets remain unpaved and some of the terrain is rough.
This dog happily followed us around on the tour.
No modern conveniences means no microwave ovens! Try finding room for this oven on your kitchen counter.
After the shower, a beautiful rainbow appeared. If you look closely you will see it was “echoed” to the left.
A new home being constructed. Note the modern windows.
At several locations on the walk we had the opportunity to purchase pottery created by local artisans. I didn’t take any photos as I was not interested in buying anything. Although it was all beautiful I am trying to keep more stuff from coming into my house. You can see some examples here.
We were given a tour of the cemetery and the interior of the San Esteban Del Rey Mission, but no photography was allowed inside.
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