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NM’s Pueblo Nations make National Geographic’s ‘Best of the World’ list

This photo of Taos Pueblo was one of the images used to illustrate New Mexico’s Pueblo Nations, which were included in National Geographic’s annual “Best of the World” list. (Courtesy Photo via National Geographic/by Inge Johnsson, Alamy)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico’s Pueblo Nations are included in National Geographic’s just released annual “Best of the World” list designed to encourage exploration and travel.

It is the company’s flagship list of 25 extraordinary destinations around the world, themed a bit differently this year as “Dream Now, Go Later” in light of the ongoing pandemic, according to a news release.

“While the pandemic has brought journeys to a standstill, it’s not quieted our curiosity,” George Stone, executive editor of National Geographic Travel, said in a statement.

“The world is full of wonders – even when they’re hard to reach,” he said. “Now is the perfect time to discover something new about an extraordinary place or culture in our world and perhaps dream up your next journey, for when that time comes.”

bright spotThe Pueblo Nations entry talks about Native American activism, the toppling of monuments and a call to honor Po’pay, organizer of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt. It mentions the statue of Po’pay representing New Mexico in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in Washington, D.C.

The short story talks about the 19 Pueblos as sovereign nations and living communities with distinct traditions. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque is the starting point for exploring the Pueblos.

The list was put together by Nat Geo Traveler editors from around the globe – in collaboration with 100-plus publication travel experts.

It includes Pueblo Nations, New Mexico, in the Culture & History category “celebrating inspiring destinations and the communities that sustain them,” according to the release.

The list is designed to deliver “much-desired escapism for people as we enter the ninth month of pandemic precautions in the United States,” according the National Geographic.

The list includes five categories – nature, adventure, culture, sustainability and family – and puts a spotlight on conservation successes, preservation achievements, cultural resilience and tales of communities overcoming obstacles to emerge from the pandemic.

The exploration list includes “Africa’s last Eden” in Gabon; the environmental efforts of Denver, Colorado; the nearly completed England Coast Path, the world’s longest seafront walking trail; and more.

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