Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Study Abroad
Ecology, Culture, and Ancient Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
A travel course led by Dr. Kirk French of Penn State 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 be in the eastern Yucatan of Mexico, in the tropical Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, staying at the beautiful 'Lake of Seven Colors' in Bacalar, and exploring the following Maya sites: Calakmul, Kohunlich, Dzibanche, Chicanna, Balam Ku, Becan, and Xupil, in the heart of the extraordinary Chenes region, which few tourists explore. With guidance from Dr. French, a leading authority in ancient Maya hydraulic technology, participants will learn about Calakmul's reserviors and Becan's famous moat. Students will enjoy the beaches of Playa del Carmen and Tulum, take a boat ride trip through the coastal Sian Ka'an Reserve, and experience a private tour of Latin America's largest botanical garden.

Ecology, Culture, and Ancient Ruins in the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Price $1300 (based on double occupancy lodging, add $350 for private room)
$200 deposit due upon registration, balance due 30 days before the course
Date March 5-12, 2011

March 5, Saturday: Arrival and Orientation
Afternoon: Fly into Cancun and shuttle to Playa del Carmen
Evening: Orientation meeting in the hotel and free time in Playa
Overnight in Playa del Carmen
March 6, Sunday: Botantical Gardens
Morning: Puerto Morelos Botanical Gardens tour - largest in Latin American
Afternoon: Travel to Laguna Balacar (5 hours)
Evening: Sunset at the "Lagoon of Seven Colors"
Overnight in Laguna Bacalar
March 7, Monday: Kohunlich and Dzibanche
Morning: Exploring the ruins of Kohunlich
Afternoon: Exploring the ruins of Dzibanche
Evening: Relax at Chicanna Eco-Village
Overnight in Chicanna Eco-Village
March 8, Tuesday: Calakmul
Morning: Travel to Calakmul and biosphere walk
Afternoon: Exploring the ruins
Evening: Back to Chicanna Eco-Village
Overnight in Chicanna Eco-Village
March 9, Wednesday: Chenes Region Ruins
Morning: Exploring Balam Ku and Chicanna
Afternoon: Exploring Xpuhil and Becan's moat
Evening: Transport to Laguna Bacalar
Overnight in Laguna Bacalar
March 10, Thursday: Talking Cross and Sian Ka'an
Morning: The Talking Cross in Felipe Carillo Puerto
Afternoon: Boat trip in the Sian Ka'an biosphere
Evening: Free time in Playa del Carmen
Overnight in Playa del Carmen
March 11, Friday: Tulum
Morning: Exploring the ruins of Tulum
Afternoon: Free time in Playa
Evening: Closing ceremonies and final dinner
Overnight in Playa del Carmen
March 12, Saturday: Departure
Morning shuttles back to the airport and flights back to the USA

Playa del Carmen: Hacienda del Caribe
Hotel services include private baths, AC, cable TV, wireless internet, phones, and a small pool

Laguna Bacalar: Hotel Laguna Bacalar
Hotel Services include private baths, fans, pool, internet access, and an on-site restaurant

Chicanna: Chicanna Eco-Village
Hotel services include private baths, AC, internet access, pool, and an on-site restuarant

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

- Airfare to/from Cancun
- 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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