On this tour we visit a selection of the most important Maya sites of southern Mexico, from the city-states of Palenque and Chichén Itzá, with their monumental art and architecture, to smaller sites such as jungle-cloaked Yaxchilán and Bonampak, with its unique, vivid frescoes. All along the way Dr. Taube lends his expertise in the iconography and religion of the Maya to our understanding of the monuments and their meaning.
Day 1, Dec 28, 2017
Antigua, Guatemala, World of the Maya Symposium
Arrive in Guatemala City, where you are met and transferred to the Villa Colonial in Antigua for a Welcome Dinner and the first presentation by our Guest Speakers.
Days 2-4, Dec 29-31, 2017
Morning excursion to Holmul, La Corona, and El Mirador archaeology labs in Antigua and Guatemala City. Fly to Flores in the afternoon of Day 2, followed by a full program of presentations, excursions, and other activities with our Guest Speakers. Overnights at the Villa Maya in Flores.
Day 5, Jan 1, 2018
The finely engraved monuments of Yaxchilán, cloaked in jungle vegetation, lie along the beautiful Usumacinta River. The exceptional carvings here tell of years of conflict with surrounding Maya centers.
Day 6, Jan 2, 2018
Bonampak / to Palenque
At remote Bonampak (“Painted Walls”), we view the magnificent and highly detailed Maya frescoes discovered in 1946, their colors still bright, depicting details of Mayan courtly life, then continue to Palenque.
Day 7, Jan 3, 2018
In Palenque's graceful ruins, we learn how its detailed hieroglyphics helped reveal the intriguing history of the Maya. We have a full day to explore this magical city, with its massive Temple of Inscriptions and spectacular tomb of Lord Pacal, the boy king.
Days 8-9, Jan 4- 5, 2018
Uxmal / Puuc Route
We drive north on January 4, and the next day explore the ethereal city of Uxmal, an oasis of peace and the finest achievement of the harmonious Puuc architectural style.
Day 10, Jan 6, 2018
Mayapán / Merida Maya Museum
We explore Mayapán, thought to be the last great Maya capital, and Merida’s Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, then continue to Chichén Itzá.
Day 11, Jan 7, 2018
Chichén Itzá is justly famous for its massive “castle” pyramid of 365 steps, one for each day of the Maya calendar. We gather tonight for our Farewell Dinner tonight.
Day 12, Jan 8, 2018
Cancun / Depart
Depart for home via Cancun.