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HONDURAS / GUATEMALA / BELIZE

The Maya and More: History and Culture of Honduras, Guatemala and Belize

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Program #3217RJ
15 Days | 14 Nights
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Itinerary for Nov 6 — Nov 20, 2014

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Type: Hotel

Description: The Fort George Hotel, set on the beautiful coast of Belize in Central America, is an award-winning resort hotel that is convenient to the cultural and commercial attractions of Belize City.

Contact info:
2 Marine Parade
Belize City, Belize
phone: +5012233333
web: www.radisson.com/belizecitybz

Room amenities: Spacious rooms, cable TV, direct dial phone, coffee maker, ironing board and fully stocked mini bar. Portions of the hotel feature views of the Belize coast and handcrafted furniture made by Belizean craftsmen.

Facility amenities: Complimentary Internet at business center for in-house guest, Gifts & souvenirs shop, Two swimming pools, Two restaurants, Café on property, Guest Services desk, Fitness room, Wireless internet in public areas.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for additional info.
Please contact your program provider, Holbrook Travel, for information regarding additional nights after your program.


Day One: Thursday, November 06 - Arrive to Belize City.
Arrive To: Arrive at the Philip S. W. Goldson International Airport in Belize City, Belize.

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 with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Orientation to the program.

Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.


Lodging: Radisson Fort George Hotel and Marina

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Small family owned hotel located in San Ignacio town, 9 miles from the Guatemalan border and 72 miles from Belize City.

Contact info:
No Information.
San Ignacio, 00000 Belize
phone: +501-824-2034
web: www.sanignaciobelize.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, and telephone.

Facility amenities: Pool, tennis court, restaurant, bar, conference facility, and gift shop.

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


Day Two: Friday, November 07 - San Ignacio - Exploring the Lamanai Ruins.
Note: This is a very full day. Activities include boat and bus transfers and considerable walking in potentially hot/humid conditions.

Breakfast: Early breakfast at hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, transfer to the New River dock and embark on a scenic boat ride (approx. 31 miles) upstream to the Mayan ruins at Lamanai. While navigating the calm waters of the New River, try to find and identify some of the many bird species found in the area, including: Black-collared Hawks, Northern Jacanas, Mangrove Swallows, Olive-throated Parakeets, American Pygmy Kingfishers, and Purple Gallinules, to name just a few. If lucky, we may even catch a glimpse of the rarely seen Jabiru Stork! Get close-up views of mangroves and virgin forests flanking the narrow waterway and try to spot the colorful orchids that grow along the river banks.

Disembark at Lamanai for a walking exploration of the more than 50 impressive structures found at the archaeological reserve.

This large Mayan ceremonial center is set in a tropical forest on the banks of the New River Lagoon in the north central region of Belize. Unlike most Mayan sites, the ruins found at Lamanai were built in layers; each generation adding on to the existing structures. Some of the site's highlights include the Jaguar Temple, the High Temple, and the Mask Temple. A beautiful panoramic view of the lagoon and surrounding jungle can be seen from the top of the High Temple. It is believed that the ancient center was occupied during more than 3,200 years, and as recently as in the 18th century.


Lunch: At the site.


Afternoon: Boat ride and bus transfer to San Ignacio.

Late afternoon arrival at the hotel and check-in.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time at the hotel.

Lodging: San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Small family owned hotel located in San Ignacio town, 9 miles from the Guatemalan border and 72 miles from Belize City.

Contact info:
No Information.
San Ignacio, 00000 Belize
phone: +501-824-2034
web: www.sanignaciobelize.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, and telephone.

Facility amenities: Pool, tennis court, restaurant, bar, conference facility, and gift shop.

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


Day Three: Saturday, November 08 - San Ignacio - Optional Birding/Orientation ...
San Ignacio -
Optional Birding/Orientation to San Ignacio Town/Iguana Project/Cahal Pech Ruins and Museum.


Breakfast: Optional early morning birding around the hotel.

At the hotel.


Morning: After breakfast, enjoy a walking orientation of San Ignacio Town, including a visit to a local market. Learn about the fruits and vegetables grown in the region and find out what varieties were consumed by the ancient Maya.

Return to the hotel and visit the Iguana Project. During this interactive experience, learn about local efforts to save the endangered green iguana. Find out the importance of these green reptiles in the Maya culture.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: This afternoon, take part in a guided visit to the Cahal Pech ruins and its museum (approximately 20 mins from the hotel). Learn about Belize's oldest Mayan site.

Cahal Pech is a Maya ceremonial center situated near the Belizean town of San Ignacio, in the Cayo District. Its location on the top of a steep hill makes for great views of the Maya Mountains and the Belize River valleys. The complex contains 34 structures including ball courts, stelae, temples, and palaces. Archaeological findings point to Cahal Pech as being one of the earliest Maya settlements in the country—thriving through the Classic Maya Period and possibly beyond. Human bones and corn, cacao, and anato seeds were found at nearby caves, strong indicators that the site may have been used for ritual sacrifices and food offerings to Maya deities.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: San Ignacio Resort Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Attractive lakefront property located 45 minutes away from the Tikal National Park.

Contact info:
1 calle, 5-01, Zona 1
Santa Elena Flores, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-9260880
web: www.petenesplendido.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, direct dial telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry services, pool, conference room, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Four: Sunday, November 09 - Tikal (Flores) - Xunantunich Archaeological ...
Tikal (Flores) -
Xunantunich Archaeological Site/Border Crossing/Orientation to Flores.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Field trip to Xunantunich archaeological site, near the border with Guatemala.

Xunantunich means "stone woman" in the Maya language. This was the name given to the site in modern times since the ancient name is currently unknown. The modern name refers to local stories of a woman's ghost that is said to inhabit the ruins. According to local lore, the woman dresses all in white and has fire-red glowing eyes. She generally appears in front of El Castillo, ascends the stone stairs and disappears into a stone wall.

The core of Xunantunich occupies about one square mile (2.6 km²), consisting of a series of six plazas surrounded by more than 26 temples and palaces. One of its structures, the pyramid known as El Castillo (The Castle) is the second tallest structure of its kind in Belize (after the temple at Caracol).

Transfer to the border of Belize with Guatemala.
Stop for border crossing procedures before continuing with the transfer to Flores (Tikal).
Arrive at the hotel and check-in.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Boat ride with an orientation to the town of Flores.

Usually used as a base for trips to Tikal, this quaint town, set on an island in Lake Petén Itzá, has Mediterranean style architecture and a unique history.

Video presentation: Tikal - Where Only Legend Survives.

Time at leisure to enjoy hotel amenities and relax before meeting for dinner.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time. We suggest getting a good night's sleep in preparation for the full day of activities tomorrow in the Tikal National Park.

Lodging: Hotel Peten Esplendido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Attractive lakefront property located 45 minutes away from the Tikal National Park.

Contact info:
1 calle, 5-01, Zona 1
Santa Elena Flores, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-9260880
web: www.petenesplendido.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fan, cable TV, direct dial telephone, and hair dryer.

Facility amenities: Laundry services, pool, conference room, and restaurant.

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

Elevator: Yes


Day Five: Monday, November 10 - Tikal - Tikal National Park and Museum - UN...
Tikal -
Tikal National Park and Museum - UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Field trip to Tikal National Park archaeological site. During this activity, enjoy on-site instruction on the history and architecture of this impressive Maya complex.

Tikal, with its massive temples rising high above the Petén Jungle, is the kind of exotic place one would expect to see in an Indiana Jones movie. Walking within this enormous archaeological complex can be overwhelming if not accompanied by a knowledgeable guide or a good map. During its apogee in the Classic Period, Tikal was the center of a powerful kingdom that dominated the region both economically and politically. The remains of this once vibrant city are still impressive and include more than 4,000 structures and six of the tallest temples of its kind (some are over 200 feet tall!).


Lunch: At the site.


Afternoon: Excursion to the Tikal Museum.

The Tikal Museum (Museo Sylvanus G. Morley) is a small museum filled with exquisite ceramics and artifacts excavated from Tikal. One of the more notable pieces include the three long-nosed, pale turquoise rain gods.

Transfer back to Flores.
Time at leisure to enjoy the hotel and surrounding area.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Hotel Peten Esplendido

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable hotel built along the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Contact info:
Final Calle Santander
Atitlan, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-7622326
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com

Room amenities: Tile floors and fireplace.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant, and bar.

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


Day Six: Tuesday, November 11 - Fly and Drive to Lake Atitlan - Natural Bea...
Fly and Drive to Lake Atitlan -
Natural Beauty and Colorful Mayan Villages.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to Guatemala City.
Arrive to Guatemala City.
Ground transfer to Panajachel (Lake Atitlan).

Lake Atitlan is a large endorheic (internal drainage) lake recognized as the deepest lake in Central America. It is renowned as one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and its basin is an important source of water for local crops.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Mid-afternoon arrival at the hotel and check-in.

Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure to explore the hotel grounds, relax in a hammock or take a rejuvenating nap before rejoining the group.

Lecture: Lake Atitlan: One of the Most Beautiful and Mystical Lakes in the World.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Atitlan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Comfortable hotel built along the shores of Lake Atitlan.

Contact info:
Final Calle Santander
Atitlan, 00000 Guatemala
phone: +502-7622326
web: www.posadadedonrodrigo.com

Room amenities: Tile floors and fireplace.

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant, and bar.

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


Day Seven: Wednesday, November 12 - Lake Atitlan - Culture and Customs of Surr...
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Boat transfer to the village of Santiago La Laguna for a visit with the notorious Maximón. On-site instruction: Paying Tribute to Maximon, a Mayan "Saint."

Maximón is a “saint” worshipped in various forms by the Mayan people of several towns in the highlands of western Guatemala. His origins are not well known though he is believed to be a form of the pre-Colombian Maya god Mam, blended with influences from Catholicism.

Maximón is represented by an effigy which resides in a different house each year. Devotees visit offering money, spirits and cigars or cigarettes to gain his favor in exchange for good health, good crops, and marriage counseling etc. His expensive tastes in alcohol and cigarettes indicate that he is a very human character, very different from the ascetic ideals of Christian sainthood.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Boat transfer from Santiago La Laguna to San Antonio.

Feel time slow down as you walk into the small village of San Antonio. Watch as Indians, clad in traditional dress, go about creating their handicrafts and traditional weavings as though the world outside did not exist.

Transfer from Santa Antonio back to Panajachel.

Time at leisure to explore Panajachel.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Time at leisure. Meet with new Road Scholar friends on the hotel's veranda, enjoy a nightcap under a starry Guatemalan sky, or get a good night's sleep in preparation for the full day tomorrow.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Atitlan

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 Eight: Thursday, November 13 - Antigua - Chichicastenango Market.
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Begin transfer to Antigua.
Excursion to the famous Chichicastenango Market.

"Chichi," as it is locally known, is the site of a colorful, indigenous market. Mayans from miles around come to “Chichi"on Thursdays and Sundays to bring their products and produce to the market. It is here that the locals exchange gossip and information.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Field trip to church of Santo Tomas to see how the Mayan religion has blended with Christianity.
On-site instruction: The Religious Rituals of the People of Guatemala.

Arrive to Antigua and check-in at the hotel.

In Antigua you can go back in time and also experience the newness that is part of Guatemalan culture today. By the 1980s, an array of cultural activities including art galleries, performing arts, popular arts, films, forums, and cultural life began to redirect the former focus of religious activities which previously consumed the city. This is caused in part by the numerous visitors and the more than 80 Spanish schools which provide an economic base to the city's population. 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 and colonial architecture depict more than 50 monumental buildings including 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.

Return to the hotel.
Lecture: Behind the Walls of Antigua.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time.

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 Nine: Friday, November 14 - Exploration of Antigua - The Colonial Archi...
Exploration of Antigua -
The Colonial Architecture of a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Lecture: Traditional Maya Textiles.
Excursion to San Antonio Aguas Calientes Textile Cooperative to view weavers at work and learn about local textiles.

Return to the hotel.
Lecture: Overview of Guatemala.


Lunch: At the hotel.


Afternoon: Walking orientation to Antigua, including a visit to the Jade Museum which has been featured in National Geographic Magazine and a TV special on the Discovery Channel.

Return to hotel.


Dinner: At a local restaurant.


Evening: Time at leisure.

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 Ten: Saturday, November 15 - Antigua - Culture, Traditions and Customs.
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Field trip to Casa K’ojom Music Museum. Site lecture: The Evolution of Mayan Music.

Casa K’ojom is a private, educational, non-profit research center and museum, dedicated to research, preservation, and dissemination of traditional music of the Mayan communities of Guatemala. Since 1984, founder and current Director Samuel Franco has carried out extensive field work, through several expeditions to different Maya areas during their local Patron Saint celebrations and other rituals, recording their music and photographing their contemporary ceremonies. The museum houses an important audiovisual archive including sound recordings, photographs, and video footage.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Time at leisure to explore Antigua.

Lecture: Maya Spirituality (with a reenactment of a religious ceremony).

Religious ceremonies were a large part of the Mayan culture. Their calendars provided them with many occasions to have ceremonies, feasts, and banquets. Ceremonies usually had lavish decoration, beautiful costumes, storytellers, actors, clowns, and musicians. Religious ceremonies usually started after a period of fasting. The ceremony itself usually started with purification rites followed by prayers, chanting, and ritual dancing. All ceremonies involved the burning of incense.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Free time to explore Antigua by night.

Lodging: Posada de Don Rodrigo - Antigua

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Overlooking Central Plaza
Copan Ruinas, 00000 Honduras
phone: +5046514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, and phone.

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

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


Day Eleven: Sunday, November 16 - Copan - UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Transfer to Copan.


Lunch: At a local restaurant en route.


Afternoon: Border crossing procedures at the Guatemala - Honduras border.

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.


Evening: Time at leisure.

Lodging: Marina Copan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Overlooking Central Plaza
Copan Ruinas, 00000 Honduras
phone: +5046514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, and phone.

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

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


Day Twelve: Monday, November 17 - Copan - Copan Ruins and Sculpture Museum.
Breakfast: At the hotel.


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.


Evening: Free time to relax at your hotel or enjoy an evening out in the town of Copan.

Lodging: Marina Copan

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Contact info:
Overlooking Central Plaza
Copan Ruinas, 00000 Honduras
phone: +5046514070
web: www.hotelmarinacopan.com

Room amenities: Air conditioning, ceiling fans, cable TV, and phone.

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

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


Day Thirteen: Tuesday, November 18 - Copan - Chocolate: The Sacred Mayan Beverag...
Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Field trip to a local school (if in session).
Lecture: The Educational System of Honduras.
Visit the home of a local archaeologist for a demonstration on transforming cacao into chocolate.

Lecture: History of Cacao – The Sacred Mayan Beverage.

Before chocolate was a sweet candy, it was a spicy beverage. Some of the earliest known chocolate drinkers were the ancient Maya of Central America. The Maya mixed chocolate with cornmeal, chile peppers, honey, and water. They poured this concoction from cup to bowl and back again until a nice, thick layer of foam formed on top. Maya priests presented a chocolate drink at sacred altars during special religious ceremonies. They also made offerings of cacao seeds to the gods.


Lunch: At the local restaurant.


Afternoon: Excursion to the town museum.

Time at leisure to explore the town of Copan.

Lecture: Modern Medicine in the Land of the Maya.


Dinner: Enjoy a festive evening with a poolside BBQ dinner at the hotel.

Lodging: 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: http://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 Fourteen: Wednesday, November 19 - San Pedro Sula - Sepulturas Archaeological ...
San Pedro Sula -
Sepulturas Archaeological Site/Museum Visit/Guamilito Market.


Breakfast: At the hotel.


Morning: Field trip to the Las Sepulturas site.
Las Sepulturas is a small archaelogical site, less than 2 km from the main Copán complex. This is where the Copán aristocracy lived.

Site lecture: Sepulturas - The Story in the Stellae.
Transfer to San Pedro Sula.


Lunch: At a local restaurant.


Afternoon: Excursion to the San Pedro Sula Museum which features an outstanding display of the early history of Honduras and the city.

Visit to Guamilito Market featuring Honduran artisans, crafts and produce from around the country.

Guamilito Market is the best place in Honduras to purchase everything from rum, coffee and vanilla, to handicrafts. The first rule at Guamilito is to barter any price that is given to you. Handicrafts include handmade wood carvings, as well as the woven baskets and panama hats from Santa Barbara. These items have colorful patterns and are a real bargain.

Site lecture: San Pedro Sula.
Time at leisure.


Dinner: At the hotel.


Evening: Time at leisure to enjoy your last night among your new Road Scholar friends or get a good night’s rest in preparation for your international travel next day.

Lodging: Hotel y Suites Copantl

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Fifteen: Thursday, November 20 - Depart from San Pedro Sula. Arrive to the U...
Breakfast: At the hotel (depending on flight time).


Morning: Transfer to the Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedo Sula for your flight home.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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41 meals: 14 breakfasts, 13 lunches, 14 dinners
11 Expert-led lectures
22 Field trips

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