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Tour of Guatemala

Course Details

Join the University of Texas at Austin on an exclusive cultural expedition to Guatemala.

The Professional Development Center at The University of Texas at Austin offers a unique opportunity to travel to historic Antigua, the heart of Guatemalan and Maya culture. Experience the culture, religion, history and archaeology of the region with expert instruction from University professors and Mesoamerican scholars. A unique mix of scholarly classes and corresponding field trips provides a rich travel and learning experience for all participants.

This educational program is based at Casa Herrera, a fully restored 17th century Spanish colonial property located in the heart of Antigua. This teaching facility is operated by the University’s Department of Fine Arts and Art History in cooperation with the Fundación Pantaleón. An extension of the University’s Mesoamerica Center, Casa Herrera focuses on the varied and inter-related disciplines that contribute to the study of Pre-Columbian art, archaeology, history and culture. Visit www.utmesoamerica.org/casa to learn more about Casa Herrera.

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UT Austin Guatemala Tour Arch of Santa Catalina in Antigua
UT Austin Guatemala Tour Casa Herrera wall
UT Austin Guatemala Tour women walking along a yellow wall
UT Austin Guatemala Tour ruins

Lectures and Tours:

  • Antigua Cultural Walking Tour with author Elizabeth Bell.
  • Coffee plantation tour and tasting on the grounds of Finca Filadelfia, one of the oldest and most established coffee estates in Guatemala.
  • History of Religion/Current Religious Practices in Guatemala lecture includes a field trip to the ruins of the historic Iglesia de San Francisco cathedral.
  • A leading archaeologist conducts the Archaeology and Glyphs class, which includes a field trip to Iximche Archaeological Park.
  • Climb to the top of a volcano at Pacaya Volcano National Park.
  • Visit the market in Antigua and learn to select ingredients and prepare salsas unique to this region.

Trip Details

Dates: October 3--7, 2012


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