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Adventures Afloat: Extension: Mysteries in Stone: On the Trail of the Maya in Guatemala and Copan

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Program #20837RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Feb 8 — Feb 14, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Attractive hotel located within 5-10 minutes drive of La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City, in the city's vibrant Zona 10. Spacious rooms and a variety of amenities cater to business travelers as well as vacationing families.

Ship Information: Not applicable.

Contact info:
1a. Avenida 12-46, Zona 10
Guatemala City, 01010 Guatemala
phone: +502-2-4215151
web: www.radisson.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, cable TV, coffee maker, flat panel TV, hair dryer, internet access, iron/ironing board, complimentary newspaper, event rooms, mini bar, radio alarm clock, and safety deposity box.

Facility amenities: Airport transportation (at additional cost/reservation required), business center, 24 hr bar/lounge, executive desk with internet access on most floors, gym, restaurant, WiFi, laundry services, mobile phone rental, shoe shining services, travel agency, terrace whirlpool, massage services, and shops.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to availability.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Saturday, February 08 - Arrivals in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Arrive To: Arrivals in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door, in the arrivals hall, with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel.

Note: This is an international travel day. No meals or program activities are included on this day. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m.

Lodging: Radisson Hotel & Suites Guatemala City

Type: Hotel

Description: Historic hotel located a few blocks from the town's main square. Inner courtyards, tiled roofs, fountains and antique furnishings give guests the feeling of having stepped back in time.

Contact info:
5ta Avenida Norte No. 17
Antigua, 000000 Guatemala
phone: +502-8320291
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com/

Room amenities: Fireplaces and antique furniture.

Facility amenities: Conference rooms, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Two: Sunday, February 09 - Antigua - Program Orientation/Chichicastena...
Antigua -
Program Orientation/Chichicastenango Market/Introduction to Antigua.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Orientation to the program at the hotel.

Leave behind the hustle and bustle of Guatemala City and head northwest, into the scenic highlands of El Quiche, to enjoy a field trip to Chichicastenango Market

Chichicastenango, or "Chichi" as it is locally known, is the site of a colorful, indigenous market. Mayans from nearby villages and surrounding areas travel to the town on Thursdays and Sundays to bring their products and produce to the market. It is here that the locals exchange gossip and information.

You will also visit the church of Santo Tomas to see how the Mayan religion has blended with Christianity and to learn more about the religious rituals of the people of Guatemala



Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, transfer to the charming colonial town of Antigua.

In Antigua one can witness the interesting blend of old and new on every street corner. Known as "La Antigua Guatemala," this colonial capital was founded with the name of Santiago de Guatemala in 1543. Today, still about the same size as in colonial times, Antigua's cobble-stone streets are lined with colonial buildings including a number of convents, monasteries, churches and chapels around the main square. With the blending of the old with the new, Congress passed a Protective Law for La Antigua Guatemala for the protection of historical buildings and areas that gives much of the city its colonial character.

Lecture: Antigua: Behind the Walls.



Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Antigua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Historic hotel located a few blocks from the town's main square. Inner courtyards, tiled roofs, fountains and antique furnishings give guests the feeling of having stepped back in time.

Contact info:
5ta Avenida Norte No. 17
Antigua, 000000 Guatemala
phone: +502-8320291
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com/

Room amenities: Fireplaces and antique furniture.

Facility amenities: Conference rooms, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Three: Monday, February 10 - Antigua - Walking Orientation of Antigua a ...
Antigua -
Walking Orientation of Antigua a UNESCO World Heritage Site/Casa K'ojom Music Museum.


Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Walking orientation to Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The city orientation will focus on Antigua's history, cultural trends and restoration efforts. During the walk we will visit the City Hall Palace, Palace of the Captain General, and the Cathedral with its majestic ruins. Learn about Antigua's unique cultural lifestyle, Maya archaeology (through the spiritual stone of jade), and the best museums in town at Paseo de los Museos.



Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, learn about local musical traditions during a field trip to the Casa K'ojom Music Museum. Site Lecture: The Evolution of Mayan Music.

The Casa K'ojom Museum is a private, not-for-profit, research center and museum dedicated to the study and preservation of Guatemala's traditional Maya music.



Dinner: On your own, to explore local fare.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Antigua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Historic hotel located a few blocks from the town's main square. Inner courtyards, tiled roofs, fountains and antique furnishings give guests the feeling of having stepped back in time.

Contact info:
5ta Avenida Norte No. 17
Antigua, 000000 Guatemala
phone: +502-8320291
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com/

Room amenities: Fireplaces and antique furniture.

Facility amenities: Conference rooms, restaurant, and bar.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Four: Tuesday, February 11 - Antigua - Maya Textiles/Chocolate Museum.
Breakfast: At the hotel restaurant.

Morning: Lecture: Traditional Maya Textiles.

Field trip to San Antonio Aguas Calientes Textile Cooperative to view traditional weaving techniques, textiles, and patterns.



Lunch: At local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a visit to the Choco Museum for a presentation on chocolate.

Learn about this tasty treat, consumed in beverage form by the Maya as far back as 500 B.C. Find out the secrets of chocolate, from its production process to its significance in local culture. Even try your hand at making chocolate right from the cacao beans!



Dinner: On your own, to enjoy local fare.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Antigua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The oldest hotel in Copan, the Marina Copan overlooks the Central Plaza on a former family estate. The hotel, built in traditional style, has been updated with modern facilities while retaining its colonial charm.

Contact info:
Overlooking Central Plaza
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
phone: +504-514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, phone, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, bar, laundry services, gift shop, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Five: Wednesday, February 12 - Copan - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Transfer to Copan



Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Arrive to Copan and check-in at hotel.

Copan is a small town with a population under 5000. Set in a fertile valley, it has remained virtually unchanged since the days when explorer John Lloyd Stephens first arrived in 1839. The quaint cobblestone streets and tile roofs are characteristic of colonial times. The town is quiet and a perfect place to relax.

Time at leisure to explore the town.
Lecture by an expert archaeologist David Sedat: Discovering Copan.


Dinner: At the hotel restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Marina Copan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The oldest hotel in Copan, the Marina Copan overlooks the Central Plaza on a former family estate. The hotel, built in traditional style, has been updated with modern facilities while retaining its colonial charm.

Contact info:
Overlooking Central Plaza
Copan Ruinas, Honduras
phone: +504-514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air-conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, phone, private bathroom.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurants, bar, laundry services, gift shop, and meeting rooms.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.


Day Six: Thursday, February 13 - Copan - Copan Ruins and Sculpture Museum
Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field trip to Copan archaeological site. On-site instruction: Life in Ancient Copan.

The splendors of Copan are represented by its beautiful carvings, inscriptions, and paintings. The Great Plaza, the ball court, several lesser courts, and amphitheater that lie near the base of the Hieroglyphic Stairway are symbolic of the boundaries between the actual and supernatural worlds as games were metaphors for the struggle between good and evil. The Stairway, which has 63 steps is inscribed with a partial history of Copan and is the longest extant Mayan inscription. It features lifelike displays of Mayan temples and sculptures, Mayan stelae, and hieroglyphics.



Lunch: At the site.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Copan Sculpture Museum.

This beautiful museum is located next to the visitors’ center at the Copán archaeological park. Guests enter the museum by a carved door which resembles the mouth of a dragon, and step into a cool and dimly lit tunnel that wends its way down to the main floor of the museum. As the tunnel comes to an end, it opens out into a bright courtyard dominated by a large and colorful replica of the Rosa Lila temple. Although most of us have become used to seeing Maya architecture and sculpture without any color, archaeological findings actually show that Maya cities were once adorned with stucco and bright paint. In addition to the Rosa Lila temple, the museum showcases both copies and originals of stelae, facades, altars, and other sculptures found in Copán.

Return to the hotel.

Lecture: Mayan Medicine



Dinner: At a local restaurant.

Lodging: Hotel Marina Copan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Modern, resort-style hotel located in northern San Pedro Sula. The property can accommodate up to 300 guests.

Contact info:
North of San Pedro Sula Airport
San Pedro Sula, Honduras
phone: +504-25618900
web: www.copantl.com

Room amenities: All air conditioned rooms have private bathroom, Internet access, cable TV, telephones, safety deposit box, coffee maker, and minibar.

Facility amenities: Convention center/banquet halls, two restaurants, a bar, fitness center, 6 tennis courts, Spa, swimming pool, laundry service, and business center. Complimentary Wi-Fi in hotel common areas.

Smoking policy: Yes
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: Subject to availability.
Room type and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program provider, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for assistance in booking additional nights.


Day Seven: Friday, February 14 - San Pedro Sula Local School Visit / Transfe...
San Pedro Sula
Local School Visit / Transfer to San Pedro Sula /Join Program #20807


Breakfast: At hotel restaurant.

Morning: Field trip to a local school.

Lecture: The Educational System of Honduras.

Excursion to the town museum



Lunch: At a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Time at leisure to explore the town of Copan.

Continue with transfer to San Pedro Sula. Late afternoon arrival at the hotel, where you will join your #20807 program.

Check-into rooms and freshen-up before the program orientation & dinner.

Lodging: Hotel y Suites Copantl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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