Santa Fe

Book unique things to do offered by locals in Santa Fe.

About Santa Fe

The Author
Former BBC reporter, long-time freelance writer and lifelong a...

Santa Fe is the oldest capital city in the United States. Surrounded by stunning scenery and wide open vistas, the City Different, as it’s also known, lives up to it’s name. More a town than a city, Santa Fe, with a population of about 68,000, is a melting pot of cultures, arts, crafts, cuisine, music, alternative medicine, spirituality and healing. And all in an environment of warm, adobe architecture - no skyscrapers here - under brilliant blue skies. Not bad for one small city!

Alternative medicine and different healing modalities also feature large in Santa Fe. Here you can find acupuncturists, naturopaths, homeopaths, herbalists, aromatherapists, reiki practitioners, hypnotherapists, ayurvedic practitioners and energy healers of all kinds. There’s also no shortage of healing spas, including the internationally known Japanese health spa, Ten Thousand Waves.

And then there are the things that are uniquely Santa Fe, like the burning of Zozobra, an annual event held in early September, that signals the start of three days of fiestas. Zozobra, or ‘Old Man Gloom,’ is a giant puppet effigy, about 50 feet tall, intended to represent all the unhappy and dark events of the past year. Santa Feans write down their personal glooms on a piece of paper and drop them off at the offices of the local weekly newspaper. They are then burned and symbolically released, by the fire.

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