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!

SCENES FOR OUR RECENT TOUR
Hidden World of the Ancient Maya of Chiapas and Tabasco

We begin our adventure in Tabasco and Chiapas at the great Olmec center of La Venta (ca. 600-400 B.C.) The replica Olmec heads are on a platform where they were found in the 1950s.

Our trip archaeologist, Dr. Jeffrey Blomster, explains the Olmec culture at La Venta. We climb the largest Olmec pyramid. It is made of earth and unexplored.

The stone monuments from the site of La Venta have been moved to Villahermosa where we study them. This throne/alter displays exquisite Olmec art.

Dr. Blomster discusses this Olmec head, probably a portrait of a ruler of La Venta.

We visit the Maya center of Comalcalco. All of the buildings are built of fired bricks, unique in the Maya world.

We travel to the Maya center of Palenque and visit the royal palace, mainly built by Pacal the Great in the 7th century.

Pacal build this impressive Temple of the Inscriptions at Palenque. It contains his elaborate tomb.

At Bonampak, deep in the rain forest, the Maya king Chaan Muan II is featured on a huge stelae in the central plaza.

Bonampak hosts the spectacular well-preserved murals that cover three rooms. This scene is of the royal court at Bonampak.

We next travel to the Guatemalan border and take boats to the great Maya center of Yaxchilán located on an oxbow of the Usumacinta River.

In the main plaza of Yaxchilán, there is a small Maya ballcourt.

Temple 33 at Yaxchilán is located high above the river and the main plaza. It is one of the most important buildings in the Maya world and tells of the great ruler Bird Jaguar IV (A.D. 752-772).

On our way to the Maya highlands we make a refreshing stop at the waterfalls of Agua Azul.

Toniná was a major Maya center that rivaled Palenque. Its impressive acropolis rises high above the forest.

Toniná’s acropolis has many levels. Some impressive stucco decorations are well preserved.

A portrait of a Maya king presides over Toniná.

In the beautiful highland city of San Cristobal de las Casas we visit an exhibit about the discovery of the tomb of wife of Pacal the Great of Palenque. These rich funerary offerings attest to her high status.

The old church and cemetery at the modern highland Maya town of San Juan Chamula. Ancient Maya religion is covered with a façade of Catholicism.

The new church at San Juan Chamula is covered with Maya symbols. Healing ceremonies take place inside.

At the Maya town of Zinacantán, skilled workers use hand tools to repair the church that was badly damaged in an earthquake.

At the Maya town of Zinacantán, skilled workers use hand tools to repair the church that was badly damaged in an earthquake.

Weavers of Zinacantán use a backstrap loom to fashion their beautiful textiles.

Our group enjoyed wonderful food and good company in Chiapas.

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!

 Aztecs, Toltecs & Teotihuacános: March 23 – April 1, 2019

Between 200 B.C. and A.D. 1519, the Aztec, Toltec, and Teotihuacán cultures pushed the development of North American civilization to its zenith, before being destroyed by the Spanish invasion.  On this tour, we’ll see the ancient cities and climb pyramids that rival those of Egypt.  Learn More 

San Juan River Trip: May 25 – June 1, 2019 (FULL)

Take an adventure in the heartland of the Anasazi world with our four-day San Juan River Trip, guided by noted author David Grant Noble, whose books include Ancient Ruins of the Southwest. From land and from the vantage point of Utah’s San Juan River, you’ll experience one of the most scenic regions of the Southwest and explore Anasazi ruins accessible only by water. Learn More.

Ohio Moundbuilders: June 5 – June 9, 2019

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 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.

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