About Us

Eat, drink and discover Santa Fe as you experience the City Different from a local's view

We have a passion for telling stories and creating unique gastronomic experiences that allow people to connect through food. Join us for our authentic, one-of-a-kind tours and experience Santa Fe through the eyes of a local.

Our immersive, small-group food & history tours allow our guests to experience Santa Fe's unique food culture, rich flavors, and intriguing history. We sample the best of Santa Fe food & drink, while exploring hidden corners of the city and learning why it is truly the City Different.

We emphasize the social experience of our adventures - we believe that great company pairs well with a great meal.

We take great pride in the experience guests have while on our tours - read more about what makes our tours special here.

 

See What Others Have Written About Us

Read the feature article about us in the Santa Fe New Mexican

 

Check out Santa Fe Travelers' blog post about our Sip & Savor Plaza Tour

 
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Owner & Founder, Wander New Mexico
 

Meet Joe

Chief Chile Connoisseur

I was inspired to launch Wander New Mexico in 2016 after dreaming for several years about starting a travel business while working as a management consultant in Dubai and San Francisco. Like many, I've been drawn to the breathtaking landscapes, rich culture and history, and unexpected discoveries in this special corner of the earth (and marrying into a third generation New Mexican family also helped!). 

Making, eating, and learning about food & drink is my passion! Before moving to Santa Fe, I lived and traveled around the country and the globe, visiting over 80 countries. Five years in Dubai gave me the opportunity to travel around the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia and sample delicacies like Cambodian fish head soup, Ethiopian injera bread, and Moroccan tajine. A stint in San Francisco sparked my passion for wine, and I love exploring the excellent, and lesser-known wine scene in New Mexico. I'm also a homebrewer, and enjoy experimenting with local ingredients and brewing seasonal speciality beers for friends and family.

I can't wait to share everything that this incredible region has to offer! You can reach me at joe@wandernm.com. Happy travels!

 

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Meet Alison

head of content and Exploration

Growing up, my frequent visits to my family in New Mexico left a strong impression on me - enchiladas and chile for family dinners, the smell of piñon wood in the winter, the sunsets and expansive skies. Although I grew up in Massachusetts, New Mexico always held a special place in my heart. It wasn't until after trying my hand at a few different life pursuits (studying Arabic in the Middle East, a master's degree in public policy, and a corporate job in San Francisco) that I finally decided to reconnect with my family's roots in New Mexico. 

Besides food, I love spending time outdoors - hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and camping. When not chronicling my journeys around Northern New Mexico I work at my day job as a policy evaluator for state government.

Oh, and I am married to Joe.

 
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Meet Jackie

Tour Guide & Enchilada Eater

Growing up in New Mexico, I learned to love our unique cuisine at a young age. When I left home for culinary school, I made sure to take gallons of frozen red and green chile to sustain me until my return. I used that chile to make pans of enchiladas for my new friends, and to introduce them to a food they may have never tried before. While volunteering on farms throughout Europe in my mid 20’s, it was the thing I missed most about home. These days, whether I’m leading a tour in New Mexico, or somewhere else in the world, I always make sure to be a  champion for our wonderful state and its truly magical cuisine. 
 

As a tour guide with Wander New Mexico, I am able to share my love of food, travel, people, and most importantly, New Mexico with guests from all over the world. I can’t wait to share these things with you as well!