Nestled in the virgin jungles of the far southeastern fringe of Mexico, Chiapas is a magical region for lovers of culture, archaeology, nature, history and anthropology. With its misty rain forests, Chiapas floats between modernity and ancient times—a swirl of bright colors that reflect the region’s diverse people, ecology and religious traditions. Roughly 20 percent of the area’s people belong to indigenous populations that descend from ancient Maya societies. Visit the archaeological sites of Comalcalco, Palenque, Bonampak and Toniná, which feature soaring pyramids, enormous ball courts, colorful murals, unique stone carvings and ancient “skyscrapers.” Stay in the Chan-Kah Resort Village, an eco-hotel with spacious cabañas situated in lush tropical gardens, followed by three days of relaxing in the deluxe Casa del Alma Hotel Boutique & Spa, situated in the gorgeous colonial hill city of San Cristóbal de las Casas. Enjoy meeting local weavers, artists, and farmers along the way as you visit museums, churches, and homes.

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Trip Highlights

  • Explore Palenque, a UNESCO World Heritage site featuring remarkable ancient Maya kingdoms.
  • Journey into the remote village of Lacanjá and hear from an elder about the traditions of one of the original surviving Maya groups who uphold ancient traditions.
  • Learn about the harvesting of cacao and the production of chocolate, complete with a tasting.
  • Experience the grandeur of Spanish colonial architecture during visits to plazas, convents and buildings in San Cristóbal de las Casas.

Smith Faculty Speaker

Donald Joralemon, professor of anthropology, and Phoebe Porter, lecturer in Spanish and Portuguese

Trip Details

  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activity Level: Moderate
  • Cost: $3,995 per person, based on double occupancy
  • Single Supplement: $795 per person
  • Deposit: $1,000 per person, payable to International Seminar Design Inc.

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