Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration

This 3 day mini trek will visit the Puuc region of the Yucatan over a long weekend. The Puuc region has some of the most beautiful temples and palaces ever built by the Maya, often referred to as "Maya Baroque" architecture. Dr. Barnhart will be your guide as he explains the art, architecture, geometry and astronomy behind this wonderful and seldom visited region. Participants will fly in and out of Merida, Yucatan and spend 2 days in the Puuc region visiting the sites of Kabah, Labna, Sayil and Uxmal. On the way back to Merida, the tour will stop into Muna and the workshop of Patricia Martin, Yucatan's most talented ceramic artist. Patricia will give a presentation of how she paints her amazing reproductions of ancient Maya ceramics and share her latest works from her humble storefront. A final dinner in Merida will cap off the trip before sunday morning flights back home.

The guide for this tour will be Dr. Edwin Barnhart

Mini Trek - The Puuc Region - Uxmal, Kabah, Labna and Sayil
Price $1300 per person (based on double occupant lodging. Add $150 for a private single room)
$500 deposit due upon registration, balance due 60 days before the trip
Date September 7-10, 2017

Sept 7, Thursday: Arrival
Any time: Arrival to Merida airport and taxi to the hotel
Evening: Dinner together at the hotel
Overnight at Hotel Mision de Fray Diego, Merida
Sept 8, Friday: Puuc Region
7-8am: Breakfast and check out
8-10am: Transport to Kabah
10-12pm: Tour of Kabah
12-1pm: Picnic lunch
1-3pm: Tour of Sayil
3-5pm: Tour of Labna
6pm: Hotel check in
Overnight at the Hacienda Uxmal
Sept 9, Saturday: Umxal and Muna
7-8am: Breakfast
8-11am: Tour of Uxmal
11-12pm: Hotel check out
1-3pm: Lunch and ceramics demo by Patricia Martin
3-4pm: Transport to Merida
7-8pm: Final dinner together
Overnight at Mision de Fray Diego
Sept 10, Sunday: Departure
6am: Breakfast and check out
Morning: Flights out of Merida
End of Tour

Merida: Mision de Fray Diego - AC, private bath, onsite restaurant, pool, cable TV, telephones, and wifi - located 2.5 blocks from the central zocalo
Uxmal: The Hacienda Uxmal - AC, private bath, pool, onsite restaurant, cable TV and wifi - - the oldest Hacienda in Uxmal converted into a hotel

- All lodging
- Private ground transportation
- Breakfasts and lunches
- Archaeologist guide
- All entry fees
- Bottles of cold purified water in the transport

Does Not Include:
- Airfare to/from Merida
- Dinners
- Gratuities (maids, drivers, guides, etc..)

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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