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Itinerary Highlights


1 day, 1 night

  • Chichen Itza:  Explore the northern and southern zones of these ruins, which exemplify Puuc architecture.
  • Balancanche Cave: Visit the site’s caves, which were not only sources of fresh water for the ancient Maya, but were also believed to be the entrances to Xibalba, the underworld.

2 days, 2 nights

  • Celestun National Park: Take a boat ride in the park to view the beautiful and unique pink flamingos in their natural habitat, and cruise through the dense mangroves that surround this biosphere.
  • Archaeological Tour: On your way to Campeche, stop to tour the archaeological site of Uxmal, and view the remarkable Pyramid of the Magician.

2 days, 2 nights

  • Palenque Archaeological Site: Explore this UNESCO World Heritage site, one of the state’s most important tourist destinations. Prepare to be confronted by the largest Mesoamerican step pyramid, the Temple of Inscriptions, spotted with hieroglyphics that have contributed significantly to the study of Mayan civilization.

2 days, 1 nights

  • Walking Tour of Chetumal: The city is situated on the western side of Chetumal Bay, near the mouth of the Río Hondo. Chetumal is an important port for the region and operates as Mexico’s main trading gateway with the neighboring country of Belize.

Playa del Carmen
2 days, 2 nights

  • Tulum: Tour the town that was once a Mayan fortress, that came to prominence in the 13th century as a seaport after the decline of the Mayan civilization.
  • Xel-ha: Snorkel, relax, and swim into the warm waters of this beautiful, calm cove.
Price: $3,348
Trip ID: 152151
Register By: 01/31/2018

Meet the Faculty

Helmut Publ

Professor of Anthropology and Sociology
Dr. Publ received his B.A. (1970) and his M.A. (1973) in anthropology from the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico, his Ph.D. (1986) in anthropology from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, and a C.A.S. (1998) in sociology from Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Much of his professional experience has been in cultural anthropology, archaeology, physical anthropology, ethno-history, and sociology. He has conducted extensive ethnographic, ethno-historic, and archaeological field-work throughout Mexico, Guatemala, the American Southwest, Peru, South America, and other Latin American countries. His varied research interests include culture change, trade and exchange systems, social and political structure, language and culture, the development of complex societies, and symbolism and folklore. Before coming to Harper College, Dr. Publ taught anthropology and worked as a research assistant at the National Museum of Anthropology, at the National Institute of History and Anthropology, and at the University of the Americas, all in Mexico City, Mexico. He also taught linguistics as an adjunct faculty at the International Institute of Linguistics in Mexico City, and served as an adjunct faculty in anthropology at Loyola University in Chicago. Dr. Publ became a full-time faculty member in the Anthropology /Sociology Department at Harper College in 1995 and has served as chair and co/chair of that Department since 1999. He continues to be actively involved in a range of professional activities and maintains a strong commitment to his students and to quality education.