- From the remote jungles of
Honduras to the pristine rivers of the American Southwest, our
archaeological tours promise exciting adventure. Whether you like touring Maya temples or learning
about North American rock art, you'll be sure to find a Conservancy
tour that fits your interest. For more than 20 years, the Conservancy has conducted tours
ranging in length from four days to two weeks. Expert guides
always accompany our tours, providing unique insights about the
places we visit. Tour regions include the American Midwest, Southeast,
and Southwest, as well as Mexico and Central and South America.
- Here are a few of the exciting tours we're
offering in the coming months.
- Click on info for a description
of each tour
- Maya of Yucatán and Calakmul
January 9-19, 2014
- From A.D. 300 until A.D. 900, a brilliant culture flourished in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico – the Classic Maya. Accompanying us on our tour of some of their most splendid sites will be Cornell University’s Dr. John Henderson, one of the nation’s leading scholars of the Maya.
- Guatemala and Honduras
February 13-23, 2014
Rain forests, snow-capped volcanoes, and magnificent lakes make up the landscape of the ancient Maya in the highlands of Guatemala. On our tour you’ll experience a complete spectrum of history from ancient Maya ruins to modern Maya cities. Our travels will take us from beautiful Lake Atitlán to the Honduran rainforest, where we will visit Copán, considered the crown jewel of the southern Maya cities. Cornell archaeologist John Henderson, author of The World of the Ancient Maya, will lead the tour.
- Aztecs, Toltecs and Teotihuacános
March 29 - April 7, 2014
Two thousand years ago, cultures that have long since vanished from Central Mexico constructed magnificent temples and pyramids. Today, these monuments of the Aztecs, Toltecs, and Teotihuacános remain a testament to the fascinating people who built them.
This tour takes you to a number of sites, including those previously inhabited by the Olmec, a culture once known throughout the region for its art style. You’ll also visit the monuments of the Aztec, a civilization that witnessed the arrival of the Spanish. You’ll explore Teotihuacán, once a great urban center with a population of 200,000. Cornell archaeologist John Henderson will accompany us on the tour.
- Yampa River
June 1 – 8, 2014
Join us for a downriver adventure in Colorado and Utah, where we’ll float through Dinosaur National Monument and experience incredible scenery first described by explorer John Wesley Powell. On our 70-mile journey down the Yampa and Green Rivers we’ll visit remote archaeological sites, including Fremont culture rock art panels and prehistoric rock shelters.
- Effigy Mounds of the Upper Mississippi Valley
June 7 – 10, 2014
In what is now Wisconsin, prehistoric Native Americans constructed about thousands of earthen mounds, more than in any other area of comparable size. We'll visit the best surviving examples of these fascinating constructions, with an emphasis on sites of the Effigy Mound Culture, the characteristic moundbuilder culture of the Upper Midwest which created mounds in the shapes of mammals, birds, and reptiles.
June 20 – July 5, 2014
From the golden tombs of the Moche on Peru's coastal plain, to the splendor of Cuzco and the magic of Machu Picchu high in the Andes, our tour promises to be an unforgettable adventure. Dr. John Henderson, an expert in the region’s archaeology, will join us.