before registering to make sure there are spots available.
Experience the magic of Palenque, Mexico with an educational week open to all levels of participants, including beginners. Maya Field Workshops are focused, on-site seminars devoted to introducing you to the world of Maya archaeology, art and epigraphy.
Over six days you will become immersed in the history and culture of an ancient Maya city in a completely unique experience that allows you to learn hieroglyphic writing on site.
Part of each day is spent at the site of Palenque, visiting waterfalls, ancient pyramids and royal courts, publicly accessible areas, restricted areas and ongoing excavations when possible. After stopping for lunch we gather together in a small workshop to learn how to read the hieroglyphs and delve deeply into the lives and dynastic history of its kings, queens, and courtiers.
Dinners are enjoyable times for us to celebrate what we’ve seen, new discoveries we’ve made, and to ask any questions that may have arisen during the day.
A key part of your experience will be the opportunity to learn about an ancient Maya court and its community in its original, genuine setting.
There is no other experience like this in the Maya world; Maya Field Workshops will give you insights into Palenque that few travelers have the opportunity to understand.
TENTATIVE DAILY SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES:
SATURDAY, December 9 - TRAVEL DATE FOR MOST
Arrivals in Villahermosa
Transportation to Palenque and Hotel Maya Tulipanes
SUNDAY, December 10
Morning welcome and orientation visit to Palenque ruins
Afternoon Lecture: Introducing Palenque and the Ancient Maya
MONDAY, December 11 Morning Guided Tour of the Museo Arqueológico de Palenque;
Afternoon Lecture: Introduction the Mayan Language and Hieroglyphic Writing;
Dinner with Evening lecture (optional): The History of Palenque Archaeology
TUESDAY, December 12
Morning excursion to The Palace
Afternoon Lecture: The Royal Dynasty of Palenque
WEDNESDAY, December 13
Morning Lecture: Introduction to Maya Iconography
Visit to Site with Naturalist – Jungle Tour to remote groups
Afternoon lecture: Bonampak and Yaxchilan
THURSDAY, December 14
All day Yaxchilan excursion
Yaxchilan site visit by boat on the Usamacinta River
Evening Lecture and Dinner
Spend Thursday night at the Escudo Jaguar Hotel
FRIDAY, December 15
Early Return to Palenque
Morning Lecture: The Tablets of the Cross Group and Hieroglyphic Workshop
Afternoon Excursion to The Cross Group
SATURDAY, December 16
Lecture: Temples XIX and XXI
Afternoon visit to Temples XIX and XXI
Dinner and evening send-off at Hotel Maya Tulipanes
SUNDAY, December 17 - TRAVEL DATE FOR MOST
Departures for Villahermosa airport