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Explore ancient Maya culture on tour of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Explore ancient Maya culture on tour of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula
Tourists are dwarfed by El Castillo at the Chichen Itza ruins in Yucatan, Mexico. (Ross D. Franklin / Associated Press)

Discover the history and culture of the Maya on an in-depth 14-day tour of Mexico that traverses the Yucatan Peninsula.

The excursion, offered by Archaeological Tours and led by William Saturno, an archaeologist and Maya scholar, begins in Cancun with a visit to the Museo Maya de Cancún and its collections of Yucatan artifacts.

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From there participants will explore the ruins of Ek’ Balam, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, Kabah and Calakmul, near the Guatemalan border, which contains the Yucatan’s tallest pyramid.

Other highlights include a cruise on the Usumacinta River to reach the ancient city of Yaxchilan and a visit to the the ceremonial center of Palenque.

Dates: Dec.1-14

Price: From $6,995 per person, double occupancy; single supplement available. Includes accommodations, all meals and entrance fees. International airfare not included.

Info: Archaeological Tours, (866) 740-5130

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