Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Study Abroad
Maya Cultural Continuity in the Highlands of Guatemala
A travel course oragnized for the students of Professor Isabelle Champlin at The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford.

This course is not offically sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

This seven day travel course will investigate the cultural heritage of the modern Maya of Guatemala and their illustrious anicent history. Students will learn about the modern uses of the ancient Maya calendar and the ways in which Maya religion and culture still thrive in the highlands. Volcano hiking, boat trips across lake Atitlan, and journeys through the mist covered highlands will give participants the opportunity to experience the region's natural beauty. Visits to museums, jade workshops, and traditional markets will also be parts of the week's adventure.

Maya Cultural Continuity in the Highlands of Guatemala
Price $1200 (based on double occupancy lodging, add $300 for private room)
$200 deposit due upon registration, balance due 30 days before the course
Date March 6-13, 2010

March 6, Saturday: Arrival and Orientation
Afternoon: Fly into Guatemala City and transport to Antigua
Evening: Orientation meeting in the hotel lobby and a lecture on Maya History
Overnight in Antigua
March 7, Sunday: Antigua
Morning: Local markets and Jades SA
Afternoon: Walking tour of churches
Evening: Lecture - Maya Calendar Systems
Overnight in Antigua
March 8, Monday: Volcano Pacaya
Morning: Horseback and hiking up Volcano Pacaya
Afternoon: Filadelfia coffee plantation tour
Evening: Lecture - The 260-Day Calendar
Overnight in Antigua
March 9, Tuesday: Iximche
Morning: Tour of Iximche ruins
Afternoon: Arrival to Panajachel - zip line optional
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Panajachel
March 10, Wednesday: Santiago Atitlan
Morning: Boat trip to Santiago Atitlan
Afternoon: Cojol Ya Weaving Museum
Evening: Transport to Chichicastenango
Evening: Story time - The Popol Vuh Overnight in Chichicastenango
March 11, Thursday: Chichicastenango
Morning: Chichi market day
Afternoon: Churches and the city museum
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Chichicastenango
March 12, Friday: Guatemala City
Morning: Hike to the shrine of Pascual Abaj
Afternoon: National Anthropology Museum in Guatemala City
Evening: Closing ceremonies and final dinner
Overnight in Guatemala City
March 13, Saturday: Departure
Morning transport back to the airport and flights back to the USA

Antigua: Meson de Maria
Hotel services include private baths, fans, cable TV, phones, and beautiful roof top views of the volcanoes and city

Panajachel: Hotel Kakchiquel
Hotel Services include private baths, fans, pool, cable tv, internet access, and on-site restaurant

Chichicastenango: Hotel Santo Tomas
Hotel services include private baths, fans, phones, pool, and on-site restuarant

Guatemala City: Holiday Inn
Hotel services include private baths, phones, cable TV, and internet access

- Lodging
- Ground and water transportation
- Entrance fees
- MEC Instructor
- Lectures and course resource packet
- Breakfasts and lunches
- Final dinner

- Airfare to Guatemala City
- Travel insurance
- Dinners
- Tips for Service Providers (drivers, maids, etc..)

Proceeds from MEC Travel courses and tours are the center's primary source of research funding. As such, a portion of the tour costs are tax deductible. MEC will provide participants with receipts and proper documentation regarding the center's 501(c)(3) non-profit status for your records.
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