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Ancient Maya

ANAR 155S: The Ancient Maya

A study abroad course offered in Guatemala, Mexico, & Honduras by UCSD

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Study the Ancient Maya in Mexico and Central America! This course examines the ancient pyramids, temples, cities, art, and hieroglyphs of the ancient Maya. During the 17 days of the course we will visit 28 archaeological sites and 4 museums that show us all aspects of this ancient civilization.

Highlights include:

  • Boat rides thru the rainforest 
  • Beautiful colonial cities
  • Monkeys and other jungle animals
  • Delicious Yucatecan food

The goal of this course is for students to gain an understanding of Maya archaeology, art history, and hieroglyphs from the Preclassic period through the Spanish conquest. This is accomplished through direct experience—visiting ancient ruins and studying art and architecture with a UCSD professor. Join us!

Basic Information

Credit: Eight unit, upper division anthropology credit at UCSD. Option of additional four units for a total of 12. 
Approximate Cost: University Summer Session tuition (at UC Student, UC Graduate Student, or non-UC rate) for eight to 12 units, Summer Session registration fees, and $2495 in special course fees. Your course fees will cover all ground transportation in Central America and Mexico (in private van), entrance fees to sites and museums, hotels, breakfasts, lunches, and introductory/farewell dinners. It also covers some special activities such as boat rides. Course fees do not cover airfare and personal costs.
Eligibility: Anyone of legal age, including UC undergraduate and graduate students, students of other colleges & universities, and non-students.


  • Fly to Guatemala & enjoy a welcome dinner (Night: Antigua).
  • Iximche and Lake Atitlan (Night: Antigua).
  • Guatemalan National Museum in Guatemala City, drive to Honduras (Night: Copan).
  • Copan, two museums & Sepulturas (Night: Copan).
  • Quirigua, Guatemala, and scenic Rio Dulce (Night: Rio Dulce).
  • Yaxha and Topoxte (Night: rainforest lodge at Yaxha).
  • Tikal (Night: Flores).
    Seibal and into Mexico (Night: Tenosique Suarez).
  • Yaxchilan and Bonampak (Night: Palenque).
  • Palenque and Misol Ha waterfall (Night: Palenque).
  • Calakmul and Balamku (Night: Xpuhil).
  • Xpuhil, Becan, Chicanna, and Hormiguero (Night: Xpuhil).
  • Hochob, Tabasqueno, & Santa Rosa Xtampak (Night: Uxmal).
  • Uxmal, Labna, Kabah, & Sayil. (Night: Merida).
  • Mayapan, Acanceh, & Dzibilchaltun and cenote swim (Night: Merida).
  • Chichen Itza, Merida Museum, & farewell dinner (Night: Merida).
  • Fly home to California.

More Information

Dr. Geoffrey E. Braswell
Dept. of Anthropology, UCSD
9500 Gilman Drive, MC 0532
La Jolla, CA 92093-0532
858-822-1540 (office)

Departmental Study Abroad