"The only way to see a Natural Fan Palm Osias"
Ancestors of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians settled in the Palm Springs area centuries ago and developed complex communities in the Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz, Snow Creek and Chino Canyons. Mirroring the migration stories of the Cahuilla, archaeological research has proven that humans have occupied the Tahquitz Canyon area for at least 2, 000 years. We will walk in the footsteps of these Indians ancestors, and learn how they lived off this harsh environment, and how they lived as a people. The Cahuilla Indian name for the Palm Springs area was Sec-he (boiling water); the Spanish in turn named it Agua Caliente (hot water). Later came the name "Palm Springs" in reference to both the native Washingtonia filifera palm tree and the Agua Caliente Hot Spring. The hot spring waters provided the Cahuilla with clean water, a place for bathing. The hot spring's waters were also utilized for healing purposes. There's only one way to see a natural fan palm osias, and that's with Tours by Locals.
This is a special tour in the Palm Springs area and is a favorite for international travelers and locals alike. It's because the Cahuilla Indians are such a intergated part of the Palm Springs area, and they have such a fascinating history, this is one tour you don't want to miss.
We'll start the day at the The Agua Caliente Cultural Museum. It inspires people to learn about the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and other Native cultures. After that we will head to the four major canyons, Palm, Murray, Andreas, Tahquitz, just to name a few. In Andreas Canyon we will get out and do a little nature walk, it's the only canyon that has water running though it year round. If you want we can picnic up in this beautiful natural fan palm osais. After that we'll head to the world's largest fan palm osais, and again do another little nature walk. We'll visit the "Trading Post". We'll head to Tahquitz Canyon, and I will tell you about the legend of "Tahquitz". After this exciting day, we'll need the Hot Springs.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: The Palm Springs Historical Society/The Village Green Area-221 South Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262
This location is easy to find. I can also make arrangemsents to pick you up at any hotel, or were you might be staying in our fair city.
End location: The tour ends in the same spot.I find that tour times can vary up to 20 minutes, depending on the rate guests choose to take in the sights. I like to let you go at your own rate, but if you have time constraints and wish to finish in exactly three hours, let me know, and I'll make sure we move at an appropriate pace.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
The tour is mostly outside and could be affected by weather. This is a walking tour so please be prepared, bring a hat,water,sunscreen and wear comfortable shoes. Now, we will be driving on part of this tour as well.
Your transportation needs will best decided upon talking to me one on one.This will help determined the best source of transportation
There are no extra costs on this tour other than the purchase of any snacks,(you've got to have a DATE SHAKE) beverages, and other personal items.Please don't forget your camera's. I will have one available, and there is no extra charge for me taking pictures of you and your family, I went to school for many years to learn how to take pictures of "TOURIST".Transportation Method: Your transportation needs will best decided upon talking to me one on one.This will help determined the best source of transportation to and from you hotel room, or where ever you might be staying.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 USD - We may stop in at one of the local shop's,and you do see something that catches your eye.Maybe there's a t-shirt that you want to buy as a souvenir. We can stop at one of the many pub's,or bistro's, for a glass of one the many favorite wine's to our area.It's important to know that any of the tour's offered by Tours by Locals can be customized to fit your personal needs. This is what make's Tours by Locals the best company to help arrange your next personal vaction.
I will take you to some of the most famous, beautiful fan palm osias in all of the world. There dedicated to the Cahuilla Indians who lived, and endured in this beautiful desert oasis called Palm Springs.I will tell you about the coming attractions here in the Palm Springs area. I will then help you customize a tour that best suits you needs.
If you have a larger party, and you require a mini-van,small mini-coach(25 people), or you own personal limousine,than of course the are additionl charges that must be provided for to meet your personal accommadations and you own transportation needs. Over the years here in the Palm Springs area I have worked for a lot of different transprotation companys, and can acquire just about any type of transprotation you and you guest may need. Don't forget to take me up in your private jet so I can tell you how the Coachella Valley was created.
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This was our second tour with Jack and a great contrast to the first tour, which was a City tour of Palm Springs. Jack was very knowledgable on the flora and fauna of the Indian Canyons, and brought the whole experience to life for us. At our request, we also added an additional stop at the shops at El Paseo and enjoyed an al fresco lunch Special mention to the fabulous breakfast donuts Jack brought along for the trip too! Another excellent and thoroughly enjoyable excursion