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 ‘Info’ button for a full description of each of our exciting upcoming tours.
For more information, or to join us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (505) 266-1540. We are happy to help you plan the right trip for you!
Ancient Peoples of the Andes, June 8–22, 2018 Info – FULL
Yampa River Tour, June 1 – 8, 2018 Info – FULL
Highlights of the Northern Plains Tour, September 11 – 16, 2018
Beginning and ending in Bismarck, North Dakota, this new tour will explore some of the unique and fascinating historic places of the Northern Plains. We’ll visit Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site, which preserves the remains of five historic period Mandan/Hidatsa villages, including the “hometown” of Sacagawea, the guide for Lewis and Clark. We’ll also visit a number of prehistoric Native American sites including Double Ditch and Huff Indian Village State Historic sites, well preserved Plains Village Tradition villages, and the Knife River Chert Quarries, one of the largest prehistoric quarry sites in North America.
Best of the Southwest, September 22 – October 2, 2018
Experience the cultural and scenic diversity of the American Southwest. Our trip explores Native American cultures, both past and present, in New Mexico, Arizona, and Colorado. Expert archaeologists accompany our daily visits to some of the region’s most famous archaeological sites. Read our photoblog Best of the Southwest
Peoples of The Mississippi Valley, October 6-13, 2018
Beginning in Memphis and following the Mississippi River south to Natchez, our journey travels through more than five thousand years of history – from ancient earthen mounds to Civil War battlefields. As early as 3500 B.C. and for the next five thousand years, rich and complex moundbuilder cultures developed along the fertile Mississippi River Valley. But in the 1500s Spanish invasions led to a drastic decline in the native population. Amidst the charm of the Old South and the magic of one of the world’s greatest rivers, our trip explores the region’s fascinating cultures. Read blog Touring the Peoples of the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Oaxaca, October 26 – November 5, 2018
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 cemeteries to welcome the dead, who are believed to return to enjoy the food and drink they indulged in during life. Not at all a morbid occasion, the town is filled with celebration.Oaxaca lies in a semitropical valley surrounded by the peaks of the Sierra Madre del Sur. The city’s architecture reflects its rich Spanish Colonial and modern history. Vast ruins of Ancient Mixtecan and Zapotecan civilizations lie just outside the city. Dr. Jeffrey Blomster, an anthropological archaeologist and editor of After Monte Albán: Transformation and Negotiation in Oaxaca, Mexico, will accompany us on our trip. Read the travel blog from 2016:The Lure of Oaxaca: Conservancy tours for the Day of the Dead.
Archaeology of Cuba – New Tour! – November 9 – 19, 2018
Join us for an archaeological adventure of a lifetime to Cuba. We will visit famous early colonial archaeological sites, including the site of the village first spot by Columbus, see Pre-Columbian sites across the island, and drink in the history with museums & colonial architecture in Havana. We will be joined along the way by a number of noted Cuban archaeologists who are experts on specific areas of Cuban prehistoric and historic archaeology. Our tour leader is Dr. Brooke Persons, Office of Archaeological Research at the University of Alabama Museums, an expert in Caribbean and Cuban archaeology. Read about our research team visiting Cuba: The Point Where Two Worlds Collided
To join us on any of these fabulous tours contact us at email@example.com or by phone at (505) 266-1540.
Explore Our Past Tours
We offer our tours on a rotating basis and offer select tours on alternating years. Get an idea of what might be coming up on our tour schedule and plan ahead!
Ohio Moundbuilders, 2015 Info
Hundreds of years ago in what is now part of southern Ohio, a complex culture of moundbuilders flourished. Extensive earthworks, some towering more than 50 feet high, are the legacy of the Hopewell and Adena people. The Conservancy’s tour offers an opportunity to discover more about the Hopewell and Adena cultures with visits to some of their most awe-inspiring mounds and earthworks. Read the travel blog: Moundbuilders’ Of Ohio
French and Indian War, 2016 Info
Join us as we travel across New York and Pennsylvania 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.
The Maya Empire: Belize to Tikal, January 9 – 19, 2017 Info
Explore the southern reaches of the Maya Empire – from the ancient cities found along the coast of Belize to Tikal, located deep within the Guatemalan rain forest. John Henderson, professor of anthropology at Cornell University and noted author of The World of the Ancient Maya, will accompany the tour.
The Hidden Maya of Chiapas & Tabasco, February 15 – 25, 2017 Info
This tour takes us to some of the more out-of-the-way, but spectacular, Maya ruins in southern Mexico that flourished between A.D. 300 and 900. We begin in the tropical lowlands and end in the fabulous highlands of Chiapas among the modern Maya people. We’ll see tremendous pyramids, unbelievable sculptures and murals, and modern arts and crafts. Our guide will be noted Maya scholar, Dr. John Henderson of Cornell University. Read about two of the amazing ruins visited on this trip: Winter Archaeological Adventures to the Maya World
Aztecs, Toltecs & Teotihuacános, March 25 – April 3, 2017 Info
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. Accompanying us will be Dr. John Henderson a professor of archaeology at Cornell University and one of the leading experts on the cultures of Mesoamerica.
San Juan River Trip, June 3-10, 2017 Info
Join one of our most popular adventures into the heartland of the Anasazi world. 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. We’ll begin our adventure with two full days of site visits on land, then we’ll board our boats and float down the San Juan River for four days, stopping often to visit Anasazi ruins accessible only by river. David Grant Noble, noted author (his books include Ancient Ruins of the Southwest), will be our guide. Read the travel blog:San Juan River Trip 2015
The Empire of Cahokia & the Ancient Mississippian World, June 8-12, 2017 Info
Explore the Empire of Cahokia. Intriguing earthworks still remain constructed by the Native peoples in the Heart of America during the Middle Mississippian culture that flourished from A.D. 900 to 1500. You’ll visit such sites as Cahokia, the center of one of the earliest and most sophisticated prehistoric civilizations north of Mexico. Cahokia at it’s height was more metropolitan than London of the same period. First attributed to more ancient and Old World cultures, the great earthen mounds once bordered nearly every major waterway of the Midwest. Many still standing are among the largest prehistoric earthworks remaining in America.Various Well Respected Experts and Archaeologists in the region’s archaeology will accompany us on this fascinating journey.
The Archaeology of Canada: Ontario & Quebec, August 19-27, 2017 Info
Join us as we travel across the provinces of Ontario and Quebec to explore the rich history and archaeology of this region of Canada. The country will be celebrating 150 years as a nation, but has a rich and complex history that begins far earlier. On our journey through Canadian Archaeology we will meet with historians, archaeologists and Native Peoples at a variety of unique archaeological sites, spectacular museums, and exceptional interpretive centers. Explore our photo travelogue of this new tour: The Archaeology of Canada!
Chaco Canyon in Depth, September 9-17, 2017 Info
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 1140. 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. To complete the experience, we will tour the modern day Pueblo of Acoma and spend two memorable nights camping in Chaco Canyon. Read the travel blog:Touring Chaco Canyon in Depth 2015
Ancient Cliff Dwellers of The Southwest, Fall 2017 Info
They rank among the most amazing archaeological sites anywhere: walls and windows, 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 cliff dwellings home. Warm and dry during the winter, the secluded pueblos may also have protected villagers from attacking enemies. Read the travel blog from our 2015 Tour:Traveling the Southwest of the Ancient Cliff Dwellers’
Veracuz: Ancient Cultures of Mesoamerica, January 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. Read travelogue of our 2018 trip with video of the stunning site of Cantona.
Maya of Yucatán and Calakmul, February 15-25, 2018 Info
Maya World of Copán & Guatemala Highlands, 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. Explore our photo travelogue from the 2016 tour “Traveling The Maya Highlands of Guatemala and Copán”. Learn more about Dr. Henderson Traveling Professor Henderson’s World of the Ancient Maya.
Colonial Chesapeake, April 22 – 29, 2018 Info – FULL
To join us, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (505) 266-1540. We are happy to help you find the right trip for you!