Maya Exploration Center: Education Through Exploration
Study Abroad
The Ancient Maya Ruins of Copan and Quirigua
A Study Abroad Course for the Students of Professor Isabelle Champlin - University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and Professor Cathy Barkley - Mesa State College, Colorado »View the 2007 archive of this course

This course is designed for college level students to learn about ancient Maya History, Science and Culture. The guides/instructors are top scholars in the field of Maya archaeology conducting ongoing research.

The Ancient Maya Ruins of Copan and Quirigua
Price $1050 per student (add $200 for single lodging)
Deposit of $200 due upon registration, balance due 30 days before the course
Date March 9-15,2008

March 9, Sunday: Arrival and Orientation
Students fly into San Pedro Sula, Honduras and meet private transport to travel the two hours further into Copan. Once in Copan, they check-in to their hotel and attend a brief orientation meeting. For those who still have energy, the Tunkul Bar is likely to have live music that evening.
March 10, Monday: Lectures and Town
Morning: Lecture: Ancient Maya History
Afternoon: Tour of museum in town
Dusk: Sunset from Stela 10
Evening: Lecture: History of Copan
Overnight in Copan
March 11, Tuesday: Copan Ruins
Morning: Tour of Copan Ruins
Afternoon: Tour of Onsite Museum
Evening: Free Time
Overnight in Copan
March 12, Wednesday: Quirigua
Morning: Transport into Guatemala
Afternoon: Tour of Quirigua
Evening: Lecture: Maya Calendars
Overnight in Rio Dulce
March 13, Thursday: Rio Dulce
Morning: Boat tour of Rio Dulce
Afternoon: Fort San Felipe
Evening: Lecture: Ancient Maya Geometry
Overnight in Rio Dulce
March 14, Friday: Copan Community
Morning: Transport to Copan
Afternoon: Horseback in Copan Valley
Evening: Closing ceremonies and final dinner
Overnight in Copan
March 15, Saturday: Departure
Early morning transport to San Pedro Sula and flights out back to the USA

Hotel Marina in Copan: In the center of town, phones, internet, pool, on siite restuarant

Hotel in Rio Dulce: TBA

- Lodging
- Breakfasts & lunches
- Final dinner
- Ground transportation
- Water transportation
- Entrance fees
- Archaeologist instructors and tour guides
- Lectures
- Course resource packet

- Airfare to and from Honduras
- Travel insurance
- Dinners

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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