Getting on/off bus. Driving about 37 miles, around 1 hour. Walking up to 2.5 miles throughput the day on uneven paths.
At the hotel restaurant, we’ll enjoy a buffet including a variety of hot dishes, bread, pastries, yogurt, and fruit, plus coffee, tea, juice, water. Other beverages available for purchase.
Orientation, 9:00 a.m.: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the up-to-date program schedule, discuss roles and responsibilities, logistics, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer questions. All transportation will be provided via bus unless specified otherwise. An instructor will conduct all sessions in a classroom; a certified expert will lead field trips. Periods in the schedule designated as “Free time” and “At leisure” offer opportunities to do what you like and make your experience even more meaningful and memorable according to your personal preferences. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may change due to local circumstances/conditions. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. Afterwards, we will board the bus and depart for a ride along the Cacao Route. We’ll begin with a visit to Cupilco Church, where a local expert will explain the construction and significance of this 19th-century church, with vibrant colors and decorations; we will also have an opportunity to visit the museum located next to the church, a communal project with the church and local to volunteers plus the support from national and international researchers. We’ll continue to Comalcalco archaeological site, a Maya city inhabited from 800 BCE to about 850 CE, peaking around 500 CE. 432 structures have been identified in the 2.7 square miles of the site.
At a local restaurant, we will enjoy a two-course plated meal with water, tea, coffee, fruit water; other beverages available for purchase.
We will then drive to La Luz Cacao Hacienda to witness a demonstration of the harvest by an expert from the hacienda, cleaning and drying the cacao seed. We’ll learn the process of making chocolate from the cacao and other chocolate-based dishes, as we discover how the Mayas cultivated the cacao. Tabasco is the most important state for the cultivation of cacao, generating the largest share of the national product. We’ll then return to the hotel to meet at our private meeting room for a social hour, an opportunity to learn more about your fellow travelers.
We will walk accompanied by our group leader to a local restaurant for dinner, a two course meal plus dessert with water, fruit water, coffee, tea; other beverages available por purchase