Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration

This 4 day mini trek will visit four important ancient Maya cities during the temperate month of April. Flights will go in and out of Villahermosa, Tabasco, a short 90 minutes from Palenque by land. After an overnight in Villahermosa and a stroll through the Olmec heads at La Venta Park, the entire next day will be dedicated to Palenque and its onsite museum. Day 3 will bring the group to the wonderful murals of Bonampak and the remote Golondrinas waterfalls for a picnic and a dip in its aqua blue pools.. On the final day the group will travel up the Usumacinta River by boat to visit the mist-shrouded ruins of Yaxchilan. Heading back to Palenque that night, 5am transports will bring the group back to Villahermosa for early am flights back home.

The guide for this tour will be Dr. Edwin Barnhart

Mini Trek - Palenque, Bonampak, and Yaxchilan
Price $1600 per person (based on double occupant lodging. Add $200 for a private single room)
$500 deposit due upon registration, balance due 60 days before the trip
Date April 26- May 1, 2018

April 26, Thursday: Arrival
Evening: Arrival to Villahermosa airport and taxi to the hotel
Overnight at the Hotel Cencali
April 27, Friday: La Venta Park
7-8am: Breakfast at hotel
8-8:30am: Walk to La Venta Park (Olmec)
9-12pm: Exploring La Venta Park
12-2pm: Lunch and hotel check out
2-4pm: Transport to Palenque
6-7pm: Lecture: Palenque's Dynasty
7-8pm: Dinner together at hotel
Overnight at Hotel Maya Tulipanes
April 28, Saturday: Palenque
7-8am: Breakfast at hotel
8-12am: Tour of Palenque
12-2pm: Lunch at Don Muchos
2-4pm: Palenque museum
6-7pm: Lecture: Tomb of Pakal
7-8pm: Dinner at Maya Restuarant
Overnight at Maya Tulipanes Hotel
April 29, Sunday: Bonampak
6am: Depart hotel
7-7:30am: Breakfast at Valle Escondido
9-12pm: Tour of Bonampak
1-3pm: Picnic at Golondrinas waterfalls
3-4pm: Transport to Frontera Corozal
6-8pm: Dinner at the hotel
Overnight at the Escudo Jaguar Hotel
April 30, Monday: Yaxchilan
7-8am: Breakfast and check out
8-9am: Boat to Yaxchilan
9-12pm: Tour of Yaxchilan
1-2pm: Lunch at museum
2-5pm: Transport to Palenque
Overnight at Hotel Maya Tulipanes
May 1, Tuesday: Departures
5-6:30am: Transport to Villahermosa airport
9-10am: Flights to Houston or Mexico DF

End of Tour

Palenque: Maya Tulipanes Hotel - AC, private bath, onsite restaurant, telephone, cable TV wifi - located in Palenque's most beautiful neighborhood - La Canada
Frontera Corozal: Escudo Jaguar - Cabanas with fans, private bath, mosquito nets, onsite restaurant, and wifi - located on the shore of the Usumacinta River. The finest hotel in town!
Villahermosa: Cencali Hotel - AC, private bath, onsite restaurant, telephone, cable TV wifi - located in the heart of Villahermosa and one of the city's most established hotels

- All lodging
- Private ground transportation
- River boat transport to yaxchilan
- Breakfasts and lunches
- Archaeologist guide
- Evening Lectures
- All entry fees
- Bottles of cold purified water in the transport

Does Not Include:
- Airfare to/from Mexico City, Villahermosa and/or Palenque
- Dinners
- Gratuities (maids, drivers, guides, etc..)
- Comprehensive Travel Insurance (optional for purchase)

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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