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“Short Tour and free to walk around.”
Review of Taos Pueblo

Taos Pueblo
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Owner description: Taos Pueblo is the only living Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. We welcome you to visit our village when you travel to northern New Mexico.Taos Pueblo Hours: Monday - Saturday 8:00am-4:00pm and Sunday 8:30am-4:00pm.Guided Tours available daily starting at 9:00 am.Pueblo Shops open daily.Taos Pueblo is expected to be open for the winter season. Any closures would be due to unexpected events within the community and will be posted on our official website.
Reviewed July 29, 2011

We had already had an intro to Pueblo life at Acoma so when we visited this one we expected to hear the stories all over again. They didn't do that and the tour guide kept it short, gave a good overview, showed us where we could go and then left us on our own to explore the stands, shops and buildings. Purchased the photo permit as there is some really pretty scenery. When you go by the adobe home where you smell the bread (right at the beginning) go in and get some of the Indian Cookies. They are really an enjoyable treat along with the surprisingly delicious choke cherry lemonade.
If you have no knowledge of Pueblo life read most tour guides and they should have a good overview of what happened to most of them and about the uprising.

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Reviewed July 29, 2011

The Taos Pueblo is living history. Although a tourist attraction, people still live there so care must be taken to be respectful. We paid 10$ a head to get in and opted not to pay for camera rites. From the parking attendants to the shop keepers to our college-student guide, Cameron everyone was very friendly, warm and seemed happy to have us there. I was expecting some "attitude" based upon previous reviews but I am glad to report that our encounters were all positive. There are frequent walking tours which are a must to learn the history and current situation of the pueblo and the reservation in general. Our guide Cameron was articulate and friendly. Guides do work for tips at the end of the tour-I think it took us about 30-45 min in all. As expected, there are numerous shops. I liked that many of the items for sale are authentic, with the artist present. The prices are still steep overall. After the tour you can wander around on your own, and grab a drink/snack.
If you expect bells and whistles you will be disappointed-it does have a bit of a run down feel to it. Be amazed by the adobe structures, the history and that a small piece of this culture is still active.

2  Thank Famontherun
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Reviewed July 27, 2011

Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico was a trip back in time to the way the New Mexican Indians lived, and still do. The Pueblo is still lived in and around, some living just as their ancestors did. We thoroughly enjoyed the structures and meeting the people who live there today - they have an amazing mixture of modern life experiences and their traditional lives and values - highly recommend! The town of Taos is a nice little place to visit as well - including an original Hacienda in the southwest corner, and the San Francisco de asis Church in Ranchos De Taos (immediately south of the main town of Taos).

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Reviewed July 14, 2011

If you have read the negative reviews, then you are reading of people that care little about history. Fact one, this area is older then Taos. Fact two, the area is without electricity and in the ancient primitive living. Fact three, the culture is not of the city living that many tourists are used to. Items are not created with machines, thus, the prices are a little higher. But, they are not outrageously high as others claim. It is a little crazy to charge to take a camera in. But, many places charge crazy prices for things. Respect their culture as they are respecting yours. If you are focused on money that tight, don't go. Go in open minded to enable the capturing of it all. If you want to see true history and listen to indian stories from some of the older indians, take advantage of this. You will see the building and repairing of some of the pueblos. You will see clean and unclean variety as you do in a city. These were made by hand. Wood was cut by hand. Repaired in the same manner that they were originally built. No Home Depot items purchased. Remember that they were here before us. If you are not open to that, don't waste the indian's time or yours by going and submitting complaints. This is true history. Always respects each other's cultures.

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Reviewed July 8, 2011

When we read that the Taos Pueblo was one of the top attractions in the world, we went to see it. We were terribly disappointed. It was just an opportunity for the people who live there to sell handcrafts, and many of the items for sale were not handmade but cheap machine-made necklaces, bracelets, etc. There was no museum, no display of the way of life when the pueblo was built, no demonstrations. The buildings and small shops were interesting, but things were really run down. The shops all had the same linoleum (it must have been bought by the truckloads) and duck tape to hide the rips and holes. The people who live there were incredibly friendly though, and that was the best part of the experience.
We were really surprised that UNESCO recommended it when there was nothing of educational or scientific value there. I doubt that the people of the original pueblo era had linoleum.

2  Thank Cavernlover
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