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Our exceptional tour studies the vast Inca Empire, which once reached from Chile to Colombia, as well as the fascinating Lambayeque, Mochica and Chimú peoples. Touring begins with Lima’s museums and then we travel north to Chiclayo to see the Moche tombs of Sipán and its fabulous museum as well as adobe pyramids and temples at Bat
án Grande and Túcume. Traveling south along the coast, we visit ongoing excavations and at Trujillo, we visit the adobe city of Chan Chan and other coastal sites. Tour highlights include Cerro Sechin, renowned for its unique stone carvings; the early temple-fortress of Chankillo; and Caral, a newly excavated city believed to be 5,000 years old. The tour continues with a four-day visit to Cuzco and the sacred Urubamba Valley and two days at Machu Picchu.

Aug. 22 Sept. 7,


Led by Professor John Rick
Stanford University


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Northern Chile & Easter Island
with an Optional 5-day Extension to Patagonia

The enigmatic giant statues on Easter Island and the mysterious geoglyphs of northern Chile will be the highlights of this unusual tour. In northern Chile visits include pre-Inca fortresses, the archaeological remains of the Atacameño culture, enormous areas of perfectly preserved geoglyphs, fine museums, lovely old colonial churches and Santiago. Lastly, we study the fascinating prehistoric Rapa Nui culture during our seven-day stay on remote Easter Island.

Nov. 2 16,


Led by Professor Jo Anne Van Tilburg
University of California


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Lords of the River and the Plains:
The Northern Maya Kingdoms

This exciting tour takes us into Mexico's Yucatán and Chiapas states, where we will visit some of the finest cities of the classical period. Touring begins in Cancun, our introduction to the Spanish invasion and the vibrant modern Maya culture. We then visit Chichén Itzá, Uxmal and several smaller Maya sites to see some of the finest architecture and sculpture of the classic Maya world. Highlights of this tour include the seldom-visited Toniná, plus the renowned cities of Palenque, Calakmul, Yaxchilán and Bonampak plus two days in the highlands around San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Jan. 3 18,


Led by Professor William Saturno,
Boston University


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Olmec Sculpture

Central Mexico
Our journey through the heart of the Aztec empire will begin with Mexico City’s fine national museum and the recently excavated Templo Mayor and end with three days in Oaxaca, giving us time to explore the historical sites and craft villages in the region. We will study the influence of the earlier Toltec and Olmec civilizations on the Aztecs and the similarities that linked Aztec cities such as Tlatelolco, Tenayuca and Tula. Cholula, sacred city of the feathered serpent god Teopanzolco, Cacaxtla and Mitla provide a panorama of provincial towns, each with its distinctive character built upon regional cultural traditions with ancient pre-Aztec roots. Although these civilizations have perished, traditions and culture persist in the festivals, colorful markets and in the crafts and mural painting tradition. Our journey will cover scant miles but an abundance of history..

May 2 15,


Led by Professor William Saturno,
Boston University



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