Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Ancestral Pueblo Ruins Travel Course
A travel course led by Dr. Michael Grofe

This week-long educational adventure will bring participants through the ancient American Southwest to learn about the ancestors of the Pueblo people and their modern descendants. Taking a wide loop through three states (New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado), the course will begin and end in Albuquerque. Dr. Grofe will lead the group through modern pueblos and ancient ruins while leading discussions on Pueblo culture, traditions and heritage. Evening lectures will compliment the day tours. The course will culminate with a dawn visit to Chaco Canyon for the summer solstice sunrise at Casa Rinconada and an all day tour of the canyon's amazing ruins. A final morning back in Albuquerque will be spent visiting the New Mexico Natural History and Science Musuem, where an interactive exhibit on the archaeoastronomy of Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon is permenantly installed.

The American Southwest - Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, and Chaco Canyon
Price $1600 per participant (based on double lodging)
($400 extra for single lodging)
$500 deposit due upon registration
Half the balance due April 16th
Remaining balance due May 16th
Date June 16-22, 2017

June 16, Friday: Arrival
Arrive by the afternoon to Albuquerque
Shuttle to the hotel
Evening: Lecture - Ancient History in the American Southwest
Overnight in Albuquerque
June 17, Saturday: Modern Pueblos
Morning: Acoma Pueblo - Sky City
Afternoon: Zuni Pueblo - church mural
Evening: Transport to Gallup and free time
Overnight in Gallup, NM
June 18, Sunday: Canyon de Chelly
Morning: Canyon de Chelly tour
Afternoon: Lunch and transport to Cortez
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Cortez, CO
June 19, Monday: Mesa Verde
Morning: Mesa Verde National Park
Afternoon: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center
Evening: Lecture - Pueblo Archaeoastronomy
Overnight in Cortez, CO
June 20, Tuesday: Atzec and Salmon
Morning: Transport to Aztec and tour
Afternoon: Salmon Ruins - archaeoastronomy links
Evening: Free time
Overnight in Farmington, NM
June 21, Wednesday: Chaco Canyon - Summer Solstice
Pre-dawn: Transport into Chaco Canyon
Dawn: Solstice sunrise at Casa Rinconada
All Day: Exploring Chaco Canyon
Evening: Arrival to Albuquerque
Overnight in Albuquerque
June 22, Thursday: Museum
Morning: New Mexico Natural History Museum
Afternoon: Departure to the airport - shuttle
End of course

LODGING (subject to change)
Albuequerque: Hotel Albuquerque Old Town
Hotel services include AC, cable TV, internet access, restuarant, and pool.

Gallup: El Rancho
Hotel services include AC, internet access, restuarant, and pool.

Cortez: Best Western Turquiose Inn
Services include AC, cable TV, internet access, and pool.

Farmington: The Region Inn
Services include AC, cable TV, internet access, restuarant, and pool.

- All Lodging
- Private transportation
- Breakfasts
- Local guides
- Evening Lectures
- Entry fees

Does Not Include:
- Airfare to/from Albuequerque, NM
- Lunches and dinners
- Gratuities (maids, drivers, guides, etc..)
- Travel insurance (optional for a fee)

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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