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 >>
Hundreds of years ago in what is now part of southern Ohio, a complex culture of moundbuilders flourished. Extensive earthworks, some towering six stories high, are the legacy of the Hopewell and Adena people, who flourished in the eastern United States from about 800 B.C. to A.D. 400. Mica and copper ornaments, ostentatious burials, and the remains of large wooden structures are often found at their mound sites. Our tour offers an opportunity to discover more about these cultures with visits to some of their most awe-inspiring mounds and earthworks, which are now “short-listed” for designation as a World Heritage Site. Learn More.
Cliff dwellings are among the most amazing archaeological sites in the world: walls and doorways, towers and kivas, all tucked neatly into sandstone cliffs. More than 700 years ago, the Anasazi and Sinagua cultures of the Four Corners region called these sites home. Warm and dry during the winter, the secluded pueblos may also have protected villagers from attacking enemies.
Our tour will journey to the most famous of the region’s cliff dwellings, as well as modern-day pueblos and several Conservancy preserves, and be guided by archaeologists well-versed in the region’s prehistory. Learn More.
Join us as we travel across New York, Pennsylvania, and Maryland to explore the rich history and archaeology of the French and Indian War. This epic struggle involving Native Americans, the English and French Empires, and Colonial forces, was one of the first global conflicts and a defining moment in American history. On our journey we will meet with historians, archaeologists and native people at a variety of archaeological sites, museums, and interpretive centers. Learn More.
Explore the vast cultural system of Chaco Canyon and the extensive network of outlying communities that developed in northwestern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado from A.D. 800 to 1130. We’ll visit Pueblo Bonito and other spectacular great houses in Chaco Canyon as well as the great kiva at Casa Rinconada. Learn More.
For over a thousand years the Calusa, Tocobaga, and Seminole dominated southern Florida. They developed complex civilizations, created breathtaking artwork, and constructed monumental earthworks. Time and again, they defeated those who attempted to subjugate them. Our exciting journey will take us from the ancient mound center at Crystal River to the man-made island of Mound Key, the Calusa’s capital. Learn More.
Join us in Oaxaca, Mexico during one of the most unusual festivals anywhere – the Day of the Dead. On this day, people prepare home altars and decorate cemeteries to welcome the dead, who are believed to return to enjoy the food and drink they indulged in during life. Learn More.