Custom Field Study Tours

Cemanahuac offers the most interesting custom field study tours to the most interesting places in the world. From the butterfly sanctuary in Michoacan to the Mayan cultures of the highlands of Chiapas in Mexico. From the magnificent volcanoes of Guatemala to the tropical rain forests of Belize. From the backyard folk artisans of Oaxaca in Mexico to the quetzal cloud forests of Monteverde in Costa Rica. From the Prehispanic archeological sites of the Yucatan to the animals in the Galapagos Islands. We go beyond the obvious and the usual tourist sights to really understand the people and the history and culture of each place we visit.

Are you planning a field study tour for a group? We work closely with the coordinator of each group, large or small, to talk about special interests and the objectives of the field study tour. Each trip is planned from the bottom up…we work within your group’s budget and time frame to offer the most educational and activity-packed program of travel and study.

We can lead trips with special emphasis on archeology, art, cuisine, folk crafts, agriculture, political and social issues, nature/ conservation, and other topics. We’ll take you to both well known and out-of-the way locations and introduce you to interesting people along the way. Using our knowledge of available facilities, speakers, and locations, we handle the logistics and work with the group leader to plan the itinerary and the budget. Tours are conducted in English and simultaneous translations to English of interviews is provided.

Cemanahuac believes in providing a first-class educational field study tours at a reasonable price, within the reach of most travelers. All field study trips include hotels, guidance, transportation, speakers fees, admission fees, tips, and breakfasts. More meals can be provided if desired. The type of hotel accommodations is flexible depending on your budget.

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Valley of Oaxaca – 5 days

This beautiful, highly indigenous region in the south of Mexico offers amazing crafts, culture, and archeology. Using Oaxaca (pronounced wa-ha-ka) City as our base, we follow a cycle of markets that meet in surrounding villages on different days of the week. We see outstanding examples of Dominican 16th century architecture and visit the prehispanic archeological sites of Monte Alban, Mitla, and Yagul. We also visit the excellent museums of Oaxaca and the homes and workshops of weavers and potters.

The Yucatan— the Northern Maya Lowlands – 8 days

This trip focuses on visiting examples of different types of Prehispanic architecture of the Yucatan Peninsula. It complements courses on Maya Culture. The trip starts from Merida and ends in Villahermosa with visits to the following archaeological sites: Uxmal, Kabah, Dzibilchaltun, Chichen Itza, Tulum, Coba, Kohunlich, Xpujil, Palenque, and Villahermosa’s museums. The tour also visits Isla Mujeres, and as an option, Contoy Island. Isla Mujeres is known for its coral reef and the great number of fish that make their home on it. Snorkeling equipment is available for rent on the island. Contoy Island is three hours by launch north of Isla Mujeres and it is a National Bird Sanctuary where pelicans, frigate birds, and ducks make their nesting grounds.

Chiapas and Guatemala—the Maya Highlands and Southern Lowlands – 8 days

The focus of this trip is on the present-day Maya life of the highlands and the majestic archeological remains of the ancient Maya in the area visited. The trip begins at Na Bolom, a study center established by Frans Blom in San Cristobal for the ethnographic study of the Indian population of Chiapas. In Guatemala participants visit the ruins of Zaculeu near Huehuetenango, the mineral baths of Zunil, lake Atitlan, Guatemala’s largest Indian market at Chichicastenango, Guatemala City, Kaminalijuyu ruins, Copan, and Quirigua. Travel to Tikal by air from Guatemala City is also an option.

Veracruz—Tepozotlan, Tula, Tajin, and Tecolutia – 3 days

This trip to the Gulf Coast of Veracruz state includes a visit to the National Museum of the Viceroyalty in Tepozotlan and the Toltec capital of Tula, where the historical Quetzalcoatl started his journey toward the East. From there we go to Tecolutia, a relatively undiscovered beach resort. We end up at El Tajin, the ancient Totonac ceremonial center, which is home of the palo volador dance and the site of the Pyramid of the Niches. It also has sculpture on the ball court similar to that of Chichen Itza.

Chalma and Malinalco – 1 day

The shrine of Chalma has been known as a pilgrimage destination since Prehispanic times, when the god of caves, Ostoc Theotl, was worshiped there. Today it is a major pilgrimage destination for the thousands who come to pay homage to El Senor de Chalma. The Precolumbian site of Malinalco lies on the Cerro de Los Idolos (Hill of the Idols) and is unique in having one of the very few rock-cut early structures in Mesoamerica.

Chalcatzingo – 1 day

Off the beaten path, Chalcatzingo is an archeological site which was inhabited from Olmec to Aztec times. Little archeological work has been done at the site, and cows and goats graze among the ruins. Situated at the bottom of large hills, Chalcatzingo is reknown for its exceptional Olmec (1500-100 B.C.) rock carvings and offers a wonderful view of the valley of Morelos. It is a great place to get away from tourists, have a picnic, and enjoy the Mexican countryside.