From the intricate, ornate frieze at Holmul to the exquisite stelae of Quiriguá and the lovely sculpture at Copán, we revel in the elegant artistic achievements of these sites. Our journey connects the historic and political relationships between majestic Tikal and these related sites, and our visit to remote Holmul, with project director Dr. Estrada-Belli to guide us, is a unique opportunity. We end our journey with a visit to ancient Kaminaljuyú and the fine museums of Guatemala City.
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
Flores, Guatemala, World of the Maya Symposium
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
We are able to enjoy a second day at Tikal, where the sheer scale of its gargantuan temples is one of its surpassing wonders. As we explore, we learn how Tikal’s rulers controlled the central Petén area for three centuries.
Day 6, Jan 2, 2018
At Holmul, Guest Speaker Dr. Estrada-Belli will tell us about the discovery of a large, rare polychrome stucco frieze that has helped to clarify the power struggles between two major Maya dynasties.
Day 7, Jan 3, 2018
Rio Dulce / Livingston
On the peaceful Rio Dulce, flowing to the Caribbean, we boat to the picturesque port of Livingston, home to the Afro-Caribbean culture of the Garifuna.
Day 8, Jan 4, 2018
Quiriguá / Copán
At Quiriguá, we find the impressive carved stelae and sculpted calendars that provided an essential source for the study of Maya civilization, then head to Copán, with its legendary hieroglyphic stairway.
Day 9, Jan 5, 2018
Copán has been called “the Athens of the New World” for the beauty of its sculptures and architecture. We spend the day exploring its exquisite treasury of art, on site and in its extraordinary museum.
Day 10, Jan 6, 2018
Copán / El Puente
After further explorations at Copán, we head to El Puente, a largely unexcavated Late Classic site.
Day 11, Jan 7, 2018
To Guatemala City / Kaminaljuyú
At Kaminaljuyú, we view the remains of a major pre-Classic Maya city discovered beneath Guatemala City’s western edge, visit the city’s best museums, then gather for our Farewell Dinner.
Day 12, Jan 8, 2018