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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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