To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.
Archaeologist Charlie Love invites you to join him for a guided adventure into the Yucatan. Cancun and countless Mayan ruins await as our journey into the peninsula unfolds. Visit Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza and many other Mayan sites, caves and sinkholes (cenotes) as you spend three nights relaxing in paradise. Next up is three days in Uxmal and surrounding areas. The Lodge at Uxmal is the right place to unwind after a day of exploration. Experience the culture of the area as we visit the local villages surrounding the various sites. Relax on a beach, go deep sea fishing or swim with the dolphins on Isle Mujeres located just off of the coast of Cancun. Island life slows down the pace and gets you recharged for your journey back to the real world. Price includes flights from departure city, island ferry, ground transportation, accommodations, park fees and Archaeologist Charlie Love as your expert guide. Passport required. Limited to 12 guests.
Depart Denver at 10:38AM MST for our short flight to Cancun. We will make our way south to the city of Playa Del Carmen and its beaches. Enjoy some nightlife as we prepare for the week ahead.
After our good nights rest we head to Tulum and its complex of Mayan Ruins that once served as a major port. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea the walled city is very well preserved. Next we travel inland to Coba and its two lagoons. We will stop at several notable locations on our way to Chichen and its fantastic Mayan legacy. Our hotel for the evening will surely put you in a tranquil mood.
After breakfast we walk to the entrance of Chichen Itza and spend the day exploring this massive site. Back at the hotel enjoy local cuisine, night life or swim in the pool under the jungle canopy.
Today we will venture out into the countryside and experience the local culture as well as visit some Cenotes and caves in the area. We finish up our last night in Chichen before heading to Uxmal.
Our back roads trip to Uxmal will no doubt give you a sense of the local living standards. We will visit the small town of Mani and see the location where Friar Deigo De Landa burned most of the Mayan Codex in existence. Our hotel in Uxmal is another tropical gem where swinging in a hammock is part of its charm.
This day begins with a tour of the Uxmal site and museum. Still undergoing restoration this fabulous complex is simply amazing. Iguanas scurry among the limestone ruins as your transported back in time and begin wondering what life was like living in this ancient place. Fine dining and relaxation will meet us back at our rooms for the night.
We venture into the city of Merida to experience its colonial charm and city life. Several stops during the day will keep you in the exploring mood. Join Charlie for drinks this evening for storytelling and laughter. Its our last night in the jungle make it count.
An early morning has us making our way back to Cancun and our 2 days of fun on Isle Mujeres. A short ferry ride will take us to the island just off of the coast of Cancun. The charming night life of this place will really make you feel at home.
This day on the island is yours to do as you wish. Go to the beach, deep sea fishing, whale shark watching or just explore. Find your night spot and finish off the trip with a bang.
We will take a quick ferry ride back to the mainland and make our way to the airport for a 3:30PM departure to Denver. We arrive in Denver at 6:44PM MST.
The weather can be in a word, tricky. While most months are usually very comfortable, temperatures can be cool in the mornings and evenings.
We may encounter some wet ground so be prepared.
While optional it may come in handy. We do have long walks at several stops and a little head cover is nice.
Its very handy to have a small pack for each day. Throw it in your overhead compartment and you are ready to go.
Whether you take stills or video we will have plenty of picture taking opportunities. Bring you chargers and extra batteries.
If you are easily burned don’t forget sunscreen.
We are also available if you have questions about what to bring, just pick up the phone or e-mail us and we will be happy to help.
A good rule of thumb is “be prepared for anything”.
More than anything else I want to teach you to be observant and to ask yourself questions about the landscape, rocks, and fossils you see every day. I want you to see the connections to geology with your everyday life, and I hope you would take with you the scientific logic learned through geology and apply it to what you see and do in the future.
You simply cannot live in or visit Wyoming or the Rocky Mountain West and expect to reach adulthood without having had a geology course. You can of course, but who would respect you?
During your tour you will be examining some of the following subjects; some in detail and others in passing. This trip is about learning. It’s your chance to ride and walk along with an expert and ask questions to your hearts desire. This trip is about Archaeology, Anthropology, Geology and History but we will be covering many topics as we travel the islands.
Archaeology is the study of the human past through its material remains.
Volcanology is the study of Volcanos.
History Mayan history is something Charlie loves to talk about. The history of the peninsula has numerous and interesting lessons and tales to learn from.
Anthropology is the scientific study of humanity. Our guide has spent a lifetime working in these fields and loves to strike up tales of the ancient peoples of the west. Just ask, he’s probably done it.
Geology is the scientific study of the earth. Interestingly, it is a science that encompasses just about every other science it touches. While one can surely argue that Biology is its own discipline, it only takes a few steps backwards to get to the basic elements that make up a cell and then again to the star that formed the elements in the first place. Now place those elements here on the earth, add a few billion years and presto, what do you find? Geology. This Geologic umbrella will cover many of the subjects we will encounter during our trip.
Cultural Anthropology is the study of culture.
Physical Anthropology is the study of humans and non-human primates in their biological, evolutionary, and demographic dimensions.
Linguistics Anthropology seeks to understand the processes of human communications, verbal and non-verbal, variation in language across time and space, the social uses of language, and the relationship between language and culture.
Paleontology is the study of the forms of life existing in prehistoric or geologic times, as represented by the fossils of plants and animals.
Hydrology is the study of the movement, distribution, and quality of water on Earth and other planets, including the hydrologic cycle, water resources and environmental watershed sustainability. You may not realize this but this is an important subject. We will discover the hazards of dam building, as well as, what happens when you build levees on a river. This discussion will open your eyes.
Mineralogy is the scientific study of chemistry, crystal structure, and physical (including optical) properties of minerals. Specific studies within mineralogy include the processes of mineral origin and formation, classification of minerals, their geographical distribution, as well as their utilization.
Climatology is the study of climate, scientifically defined as weather conditions averaged over a period of time. More specifically Paleoclimatology, which seeks to reconstruct past climates by examining records such as ice cores and tree rings. Why do we care? Well the climate of the past may tell us more about the environment of deposition and this concept is key to understanding geology and its structures.
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Balance due - FEB 1st, 2017.
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Price includes airfare from departure city and all connecting flights.
Departs Denver - TBA
Arrives Cancun - TBA
Departs Cancun - TBA
Arrives Denver - TBA
Price is per person, double occupancy.
Additional fee of $510 applies for a single room, call 1-307-871-8583 for details. Airfare to/from your home city are not included. See trip itinerary for included meals.
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Most trips are limited to Mild short walks & hikes.
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