Spring 2016: Contemporary and Ancient Maya in the Yucatan REGISTRATION CLOSED

February 27 to March 5, 2016 | Four-night option and seven-night option


Tentative Itinerary
Cost and Payment Schedule
Required Registration and Release of Claims Forms
Flight options

Six million Maya live today in Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, in both urban and rural settings.  Since Frederick Catherwood and John Lloyd Stephens explored the Yucatan peninsula in the mid-eighteenth century, archaeologists, spiritual seekers, and tourists have traveled the region to learn more about this longstanding civilization. 

Led by extraordinary guides Benito Gritzewsky and Julia Miller, we will visit well-known and more obscure Maya archaeological sites and colonial architecture.  In addition, we will learn about efforts to draw attention to contemporary Maya life as exemplified by the Hacienda Ochil, James Turrell’s Aqua de Luz pyramid, and the Gran Museo del Mundo Maya, all of which opened in 2012.  Rest assured, our travels will be accompanied by outstanding regional cuisine.

We will fly from Houston to Cancun on Saturday, February 27, and return from Merida. Our trip will have a four-night and a seven-night option. Travelers should be prepared for extensive walking, sometimes over rough ground.  This itinerary subject to serendipitous changes.

Space is limited. To register, please download and send in: 1) the registration and 2) release of claims form along with 3) your deposit, which you may pay online here or via phone or mail.

You may send in your forms by scanning or taking photos of them and emailing them to, or you may mail them.

Registration is not complete until the registrar emails you confirmation of receipt of these three items.



Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 


If you are interested in traveling to Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy. 


Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 


Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.


Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced


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