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Introduction to the Mayan World Tour 2019

The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has once again teamed up with The Mayan Traveler, this time for a special “Intro to the Maya” program. This 8 day/7 night tour to Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is designed to be easily affordable for four or more VVAC members, to begin and end in Cancun which allows the best air option at the cheapest prevailing fare and to provide a simple “all inclusive” guaranteed maximum price.

February 2 through 9, 2019  The VIP guide on this tour will be Juan Canul, a Center favorite.

Included in the tour are visits to and tours of - Valladolid, Ek Balam, Hacienda Selva Maya, Cenote Saamal, Chichén-Itzá, Mayan Village of Yaxchuna, Uxmal Light and Sound Show, Uxmal, Kabah, Calakmul, Ichkabal (Costa Maya’s most recently excavated Mayan ruin), Bacalar Lagoon, Tulum and the typical Caribbean fishing village of Puerto Morelos - as well as two formal lectures – An Introduction to the Maya and the Yucatan Maya War of the /strong>

For those of you new to Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula it is blanketed with lush jungles, studded with beguiling cenotes and towering Maya temples and edged by sparkling Caribbean seas. The tour will explore these diverse wonders on an adventure from the Maya ruins and inland colonial towns to the beautiful Caribbean Coast. With a free “pre-transfer” morning at the lovely seaside town of Puerto Morelos you and either just laze around the village or take some optional tours – snorkeling, bird watching, fishing, shopping, beach walks, etc. - that you might choose.

The activity level for this to is light/moderate. While there is no sustained hiking on this trip, the group will be walking for 2–4 hours on most days across uneven terrain.

For more information and a detailed itinerary contact Jim Graceffa at 928-301-5214 or email dr.jvg1@gmail.com

Excursion to Paquime and Mata Ortiz

Join the Center on a guided excursion to Northwest Chihuahua, Mexico .  This four-day trip includes the United Nations World Heritage site of Paquimé, the most important archaeological site in northwest Mexico and the American Southwest., the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, the Mormon settlements of Colonia Juarez and Colonia Dublan, and a side excursion  to the cliff dwelling of Olla Cave in the Sierra Madre Occidental.  This non-tourist part of Mexico offers a rich cultural mix of Mexicans, Mormons, and Mennonites and the spectacular landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert.  

Trip Dates: November 6-9, 2018

Trip Dates:  February 14-17, 2019

Cost per person: $650 double occupancy; $720 single occupancy ($300 nonrefundable if cancelled) includes all transportation, tours, hotel in Mexico, entrance fees, and tips.

Limited to 10 participants. Click HERE for a trip flyer.

Day 01—Depart Catalina Inn, Catalina, Arizona at 6:00 a.m., to the great  archaeological site of Paquimé.  After touring the museum and ruins, check into the Nuevo Casas Grandes hotel and have dinner.

Day 02—Breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda followed by a tour of the Mormon community of Colonia Juarez, and a discussion of Mormon settlement patterns and the agricultural economy of this part of Chihuahua.  The rest of the day will be spent in the pottery village of Mata Ortiz, visiting the homes of many artists to learn how the pots are made, painted, and fired.  

Day 03—After breakfast in the Hotel Hacienda drive to Olla Cave, one of dozens of cliff  dwellings in this part of the Sierra Madre.  This site is particularly unique because of the large adobe structure used by the prehistoric inhabitants to store grain.  T

Day 04—After breakfast and check-out, tour one of the most beautiful neighborhoods of Colonia Dublan and then begin the return journey to the Catalina Inn arriving about 5:00 p.m.  

Rooms at the Catalina Inn on February 13 and February 17 are NOT included if desired.