ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Far Horizons Archaeological & Cultural
Trips is offering art history buffs an in-depth exploration of the
ancient Mayan civilization in Mexico.
Participants in the firm's eight-day tour
spotlighting the ruins of Palenque and Chichen Itza will be guests
of the archaeological teams excavating the sites and have a chance
to enter areas normally closed to the public.
The program, called the Art of Palenque and Chichen Itza, will
raise funds for the Palenque Cross Group Project, which has
spearheaded excavations at the site during the past two years.
The program will be led by Dr. Merle Greene Robertson, one of
the directors of the Cross Group Project and an art historian who
has spent more than 35 years studying and recording the art of the
The tour features four days hosted by the archaeological team at
Palenque, where highlights will include a visit to the Palenque
project laboratory and a dinner with the Cross Group
At Palenque, participants will be able view frescoes, stucco
friezes and hieroglyphic scripts. The itinerary also includes
visits to two other archaeological sites: Dzibilchaltun, a Mayan
city that was occupied for more than 2,000 years, and Chichen Itza,
the most popular site in the Yucatan region.
At Chichen Itza, participants will view features of the Temple
of the Big Tables, which is closed to the general public, and
explore buildings and caverns in Old Chichen, an area seldom
visited by travelers.
The Chichen Itza portion of the trip also includes a dinner
party at the colonial hacienda of the daughter of a renowned
Each client on the trip will receive a signed volume of
Robertson's book "Maya Sculpture From the Southern Lowlands,
Highlands and Pacific Piedmont."
The program is limited to 14 participants.
The cost is $3,595 per person, double, including roundtrip air
fare from Dallas, domestic air fare in Mexico, hotel rooms, most
meals, entry fees and ground transportation. The rate does not
include a tax-free donation of $175 per person.
The program is commissionable to agents at 10%.
A onetime departure is offered July 24. Far Horizons, Phone:
(800) 552-4575. E-mail: [email protected]