Featured Guide May 2016 – Tom Gallegos

Tom Gallegos, a native New Mexican born and raised in Taos, has made it his mission to provide authentic cultural experiences in the Land of Enchantment. His immersive tours introduce guests to the magic of New Mexico and receive rave reviews. Asked about a memorable experience as a guide, Tom casually mentioned that a United States senator recently attended one of his tours – and afterwards, she wrote him to say that it was one of the best experiences of her life! Read on to find out more about Tom Gallegos, the man behind True New Mexico.   Why did you become a guide? I became a guide eight years ago after returning to live in Santa Fe from Kansas, where I was an Assistant Professor of Gerontology and Aging at Washburn University and the University of Kansas. I began with week long large group tours through New Mexico with Road Scholar. I was really good at it and received great feedback from visitors. I truly enjoy the opportunity to share our beautiful state with others. Our pueblos and villages rely on tourism, and I try to support them by bringing quality tours. What can someone expect to experience on a tour with you? My tours are designed to “bring the culture through” with authentic experiences that highlight New Mexico’s history, cultures, architecture, art, and cuisine. The unique cultures, history and scenery of New Mexico are best experienced on my Timeless Taos & High Road Tour. Heading north from Santa Fe, we pass through various Indian Pueblos. San Ildefonso and Santa Clara pueblos are home to some of our...