Explore the Wonders of the Past
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. Click here to see all our tours >>
January 11 – 21, 2018 Info
Join us in Veracruz, Mexico’s oldest port city, for an exciting look at the Ancient Olmec, Totonac, Huastec, Aztec and later Spanish cultures that have dominated the region for thousands of years. Nestled in a tropical paradise, lost cities, unique architecture, and archaeological sites that defy current cultural classification await our arrival. Joining us will be Dr. John Henderson, noted scholar on the Maya and Professor of anthropology at Cornell University
February 15-25, 2018 Info
From A.D. 300 until 900, a brilliant culture flourished in the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico – the Classic Maya. Stunning to see, join us to explore the most splendid sites of the Maya! Including Mayapán, the last great city of the Maya, was surrounded by a five-mile wall. It dominated the northern Yucatán from about A.D. 1250 until its destruction in a revolt in 1440
March 29-April 8, 2018 Info
Join us to explore rain forests, snow-capped volcanoes, and magnificent lakes: 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-day 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.
April 22 – 29, 2018 Info
Join us as we spend a week exploring the Chesapeake Bay’s rich 17th and 18thcentury culture. Our exciting journey will take us from the colonial capitals of Annapolis, Maryland and Williamsburg, VA, to the first permanent English colony in North America at Jamestown, to George Washington’s home at Mt. Vernon.
June 1 – 8, 2018 Info
Join us for a downriver adventure in Colorado and Utah, where you’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 you’ll visit remote archaeological sites, including Fremont culture rock art panels and prehistoric rock shelters. David Grant Noble, SW expert and notable author of Ancient Ruins of the Southwest, will accompany the tour.
Ancient Peoples of the Andes, June 8–22, 2018 Info
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 of the ancient civilizations of the Peruvian and Bolivian Andes promises to be an unforgettable adventure. Accompanied by John Henderson, an expert in the region’s archaeology, we’ll learn about the vast empires that once reigned in the land. In the Inca capital of Cuzco we will explore sites such as Coricancha, an Inca temple where the walls were once covered in gold. In Bolivia, we’ll see the winter solstice sunrise through the Sun Gate of Tiwanaku.