Tikal, Uaxactun, Rio Azul, Xultun and the Peten Region of Guatemala - March 2019

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Join us for the March 2019 Maya Field Workshop in Guatemala! We will focus our week of archaeological learning at the great ruins of Tikal, nestled in the remote forest of the northern Peten region. There we will visit temples and palaces, learn about the city’s rise and fall, and how hieroglyphs and decipherment continue to revolutionize our understanding of Maya history and culture.

The MFW will also visit the nearby sites of Uaxactun (birthplace of our internationally known guide, Carlos Vivar) before heading North to the seldom visited Rio Azul and Xultun, where we will camp.

We take a good deal of time in classroom-like environments, learning details about the latest advances in Maya archaeology, art history and decipherment.The MFWs are an immersive, enlightening, and fun experience for everyone.

Come along on for another fabulous adventure!

Tikal: Tales of Ancient War, Conquest and Rebellion

The great capital of Tikal lies at the geographic center of the Maya world, and it played a decisive role in the development of Classic Maya civilization. During the 2014 Maya Field Workshops we visited Tikal and other nearby ruins, exploring their history and archaeology in detail, including many new finds. We’ll examine how a warlord from highland Mexico targeted Tikal and Uaxactun in 378 A.D, overthrowing its kings and establishing a new political order lasting decades.  Join us at these sites on the 2019 Maya Field Workshops for a fascinating adventure and learning experience.


Where we'll go:

 Much more detail to be posted in coming days!

Tikal - Few archaeological sites in the world can compare to Tikal. This majestic site, still largely buried in the rain forest, was one of the largest of all Maya cities and the major Classic Maya capital of the central lowlands. Archaeologists began excavating here in the 1950s, and subsequent studies have led to a detailed and nuanced picture of Tikal’s dynastic history and regional interaction with the rest of Mesoamerica. The Maya Field Workshops will spend two days at Tikal, highlighting the very latest discoveries about its connections to Teotihuacan and its long-standing rivalry with its rival, the Kanul court based at Calakmul.

Uaxactun - A short distance north of Tikal is another impressive site, Uaxactun. Here one of the earliest Maya archaeological projects took place in the 1920s, led by the Carnegie Institution of Washington. While it seems to have had close relations with its neighbor Tikal, Uaxactun was evidently the seat of a long-lived royal court with its own kings and dynastic identity. At Uaxactun the MFW will focus on how the goals and methods of Maya archaeology have changed over the last century.

Rio Azul 

Xultun -  

Flores (Nohpeten) - We end our adventure in Flores, the charming island town that was originally the seat of the Itza kingdom conquered in 1697. The amazing story of its resistance to Spanish domination lasted nearly two centuries. The legacy of this last Maya conquest lives on around Lake Peten Itzá, where we will see the burgeoning development of modern Guatemala directly juxtaposed with ancient and colonial history.


Preliminary Itinerary:

  • MARCH 16th to 23rd 2019
    Tentative Itinerary for Peten workshop.

    16th Saturday Arrivals in Flores, Tikal staying at the Jungle Lodge

    17 th Sunday Tikal (Early history) Jungle Lodge

    18th Monday Drive to Rio Azul (Camping)

    19th Tuesday Rio Azul (Camping)

    20th Wednesday Visit to Quinal, Return to Uaxactun (Camping)

    21 st Thursday Uaxactun; Drive to Xultun (Camping)

    22nd Friday Xultun; Return to Tikal and Jungle Lodge

    23rd Saturday Tikal (late history); Closing dinner in Flores 

    24th Sunday departures

Optional Day Trip to El Mirador on Sunday! - Roundtrip flight from Flores, additional $650 per person.

(For those going to El Mirador, your return home departure from Flores would be Monday, 25th.)


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