New Mexico is the State in the Union with the higher percentage of Hispanic population (approximately 50%). Spanish is so widespread here that it is the official language, along with English.
Just like all the Spanish speaking areas of USA, the closeness to Mexico affected New Mexico history, cities layout and culture.
The Hispanic people living in the north are descendants of either the Spanish colonists, who arrived in the 17th -18th century, or of the Mexicans, who arrived during the 20th century. Nowadays, in the most isolated villages, you can still hear people talking in an ancient Spanish, the one spoken by the former colonists in 1600 A.D.
The cultural identity in New Mexico is very diverse and includes different ethnic groups, such as Native Americans, Spanish, Mexicans, and Anglo-Americans.
What Do See and What to Do When in New Mexico
Mountains and deserts are “the main characters” in New Mexico, and each of them has its special way to inspire visitors. Their long history and their mysteries keep on calling people from all over the world.
We visited the small town of Vallejo and learned of many of the roots where people have migrated along the west coast. My family lives in Vallejo, CA and runs www.pestcontrolvallejo.com. After visiting Vallejo, NM, we learned there are a lot of similarities in how the cities were founded.
In the old city of Albuquerque, you can still taste that special old Spanish and the Native American presence in churches, squares, streets, etc. You can walk around all day across the thousands of candles lit up in winter, and rest in one of the New Mexican restaurants serving super-hot meals. Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway will offer its passengers a great view of the city, from 10,378 foot.
Roswell is synonymous with mystery. Visiting Roswell UFO Museum and research center will help you understand what actually happened during that famous night in 1947. Roswell is also rich in archeological, historical and cultural initiatives for smaller children as well. The Historical Centre of SouthEast New Mexico is worth a visit: here you will find an old-fashioned house filled with original objects. The Centre also hosts art and historical exhibition during all the year.
Taos is the place where New Mexico different cultures meet. Almost everything here has a Spanish name: the river the Rio Grande, the mountains Sangre de Cristo, the Taos Pueblo. Everything here is peace and mindfulness.
Santa Fe is the place where visitors can find a little bit of old Europe among the Rocky Mountains. Here local culture meets the Spanish colonialism, creating a brand-new experience which blends ancient traditions and the wildest nature. Local food is something special here, with echoes of the Mexican cuisine and European one.
Serra Bianca’s peaks surround Ruidoso City, between the Lincoln National Forest and Valley of Fires. If you love skiing, here you will find the multi-level ski track of Ski Apache, ready to make you have a Hispanic taste, a new adventure.
Travelling through New Mexico will be such a fascinating journey for everyone: lonely travelers, couples, groups, and even families. Everyone will find their special location to stay and will discover their own New Mexico.