Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli


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.

Itinerary at a Glance

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
Guatemala City

Depart for home.



Four-day symposium based at Antigua and Flores, Guatemala, featuring five of the world’s legendary figures in Maya studies
Explore the majestic temples of Tikal and Copán
Visit Quirigua, boat down the Rio Dulce to the coastal village of Livingston
Enjoy the experience of traveling with Maya expert Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli


Length: 12 days
Cost From: $5495  
Arrive: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Depart: Guatemala CIty, Guatemala
Lodging: 11 nights hotels and lodges
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Archaeology, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level:

Overland travel with walking tours, cultural explorations