TOURS | 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 & South America; and now Canada too. Click on the links below to learn more about our upcoming tours!

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2019 San Juan River Tour

David Grant Noble, our archaeological interpreter, explains the enigmatic Hovenweep ruins.

Hovenweep is known for its many towers that reach to three stories or more.

The masonry at Hovenweep is in the Mesa Verde style and dates to the 13th century A.D.

A wet spring produced many wildflowers, including this barrel cactus.

Huckleberry Ruin perched on a canyon rim is an outlier of Hovenweep.

Our crew readies the rafts for the four-day trip down the San Juan River.

Inflatable kayaks add some excitement to our trip.

We hike to 16-room house, located in an alcove high above the river. It was never occupied.

The Ancestral Puebloans carved steps in the canyon wall to get to settlements on the river.

David discusses amazing petroglyphs at Butler Wash, some of the most impressive in the Southwest.

These petroglyphs date to the early Basketmaker period, around 2000 years ago.

These figures may recount the experiences of shamans.

David talks about the River House cliff dwelling that dates to the 13th century.

At the NA granary at River House was used to store food.

We hike into Chinle Wash. The alcove contains a cliff dwelling.

Eight granaries in Chinle Wash were used to store food. They are only accessible to the agile climbers.

Baseball man is a colorful pictograph in the canyon.

We relax at camp on the river. Our guides prepare delicious meals.

Faster water is fun, but we have no dangerous rapids.

We see many desert bighorn sheep in the lower canyon, including these rams.

On the river.

Near the end of our trip we pass Mexican Hat Rock.

For more information, or to join us, contact us at tours.tac@gmail.com or by phone at (505) 266-1540. We are happy to help you plan the right trip for you!

2019

French Indian War Tour: September 7 – 14, 2019

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.

Chaco Canyon in Depth: September 7 – 15, 2019

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. We’ll also have the unique opportunity to visit many of the most important outlying communities that are integral parts of the entire Chacoan complex still being uncovered by researchers. Learn More.

Cliff Dwellers of the American Southwest: September 12 – 22, 2019

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.  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.

Native Peoples of Florida’s Mangrove Coast: October 12 – 18, 2019

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.

Oaxaca during the Day of the Dead: October 25 – November 4, 2019 

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.

2020

Explore Veracruz: January 2 – 12, 2020

Join us in Villahermosa, Mexico for an exciting look at the Olmec, Totonac, Huastec, Aztec and 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. Jeff Blomster, a leading scholar on the cultures of Mesoamerica at George Washington University. Learn More.

Maya of Yucatán and Calakmul: January 2 – 12, 2020

From A.D. 300 until 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 Dr. Scott Hutson, professor of Mesoamerican Archaeology at the University of Kentucky. Learn More.

Guatemala Highlands and Copán: March 12 – 22, 2020

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-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.  Learn More.

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