Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Study Abroad
The Ancient Maya and Natural Beauty of Belize
A Maya Exploration Center travel course led by Dr. Michael Grofe

This course is designed for students of varying levels to learn about the Ancient Maya and diverse ecology of Belize. The week with start with visits to three ancient Maya ruins, including the remote and massive city of Caracol. In the southern town of Maya Centre, participants will attend an all day Maya hieroglyphic workshop with local Belizean students. Other activities during the week will include tubing underground rivers, jungle hikes to see wildlife, swimming under remote waterfalls and reef snorkelling. Dr. Grofe's personal research on Maya civilization will be an invaluable soure of learning all along the journey.

The Ancient Maya and Natural Beauty of Belize
Price $1800 ($350 extra for single lodging)
$600 deposit due upon registration
Balance due December 3rd
Dates January 3-10, 2018
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Jan 3, Wednesday: Arrival
All day: Flights arrive to Belize City and taxis to lodge
7-9pm Orientation meeting and group dinner
Overnight at the Black Orchard Lodge (near the airport)
 
Jan 4, Thursday: Maya Temples
7-8am Breakfast and check out
8-10pm Transport to San Ignacio
10-12pm Tour of Xunantunich
12-2pm Lunch and hotel check in
2-4pm Cahal Pech temples
6-7pm Lecture: Dynastic History of Caracol
Overnight at Cahal Pech Eco-Village
 
Jan 5, Friday: Caracol
7-8am Breakfast at hotel
8-10am Transport to Caracol
10-2pm Picnic lunch and visitors center
2-4pm Return to San Ignacio
Overnight at Cahal Pech Eco-Village
 
Jan 6, Saturday: Cave Branch
7-9am Breakfast and check out
9-10am Transport to Cave Branch
10-1pm 7 Mile Cave tubing adventure
1-2pm Lunch break
2-4pm Transport to Placencia
Overnight in Placencia - Seaspray Hotel
 
Jan 7, Sunday: Hieroglyphic Workshop
7-8am Breakfast in Placencia
8-9am Travel to Nuuk Che'il
9-12pm Hieroglyphic workshop
12-1pm Lunch break
1-4pm Hieroglyphic workshop
4-5pm Return to Placencia
Overnight in Placencia - Seaspray Hotel
 
Jan 8, Monday: Cockscomb Basin
8-9am Breakfast in Placencia
9-10am Transport to Cockscomb
10-12pm Jungle tour
12-1pm Lunch break
1-4pm Hike to waterfall, swimming
4-5pm: Return to Placencia
Overnight in Placencia - Seaspray Hotel
 
Jan 9, Tuesday: Snorkeling
8-9am Breakfast in Placencia
9-2pm Reef snorkeling and lunch on boat
2-7pm Free time
7-9pm Final dinner
Overnight in Placencia - Seaspray Hotel
 
Jan 10, Wednesday: Departure
6-10am: Transport to Belize City airport, breakfast on the road
Afternoon flights back to the USA
 

LODGING (subject to change)
Near Airport: Black Orchard Lodge
Hotel services include AC, cable TV,internet access, restuarant, and pool

San Ignacio: Cahal Pech Eco-Village
Hotel services include AC, cable TV,internet access, restuarant, and pool

Placencia: Seaspray Hotel (or similar)
Hotel services include beachside cabana private bathroons, fans, internet access, restuarant, and pool

PRICE INCLUDES
- Lodging
- Breakfasts and lunches
- Private ground transportation
- Water transportation
- Entrance fees
- Local Guides
- Workshop fees and materials


PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Airfare to/from Belize City
- Belize Exit Fee - $35usd
- Dinners


Proceeds from MEC 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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