St. Louis Community College
Florissant Valley
MAYA
Expedition

ANCIENT MAYA TOUR on March 9-16, 2002
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Organized by Professors Michael Fuller and Neathery Fuller (Anthropology Dept. at SLCC)

PreTrip coordinating Meeting on Feb. 6, 2002 (Wed) at 7 PM
on the Florissant Valley campus in Instructional Resources rm. 112
*The meeting will be videotaped and the tape can be borrowed by out-of-town
trip participants or participants with work conflicts on that evening.*


Round Trip Cost from St. Louis is $1,775
REQUIRED 3 hour credit MAYA ARCHAEOLOGY class (can be audited) is $126
REQUIRED spending money for shopping, etc. is $500
REQUIRED is a valid US Passport.

Where do you send a $500 deposit?
Sonia Ahuja
Overseas Study Coordinator
St. Louis Community College Center
300 South Broadway
St. Louis, MO 63102-2810

Sonia's telephone number is 314-539-5350
Sonia's email is sahuja@cbil.stlcc.edu

DON'T MAKE THE CHECK PAYABLE TO FULLER OR AHUJA
Make the check payable to: SLCC-MAYA TRIP

Who is organizing the tour?
Professors Michael Fuller and Neathery Fuller
St. Louis Community College Center
3400 Pershall Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63135

Michael's telephone number is 314-513-4414
Michael's email is MFuller@artsci.wustl.edu

This is a study tour focusing on the ancient Maya heritage. It is led by two two experienced field archaeologists. They will share important insights into Maya religion, Maya archaeoastronomy, architecture, social structure, literature and Maya art.
Summary of the Trip:
9 March (Sat.) Depart from St. Louis for Miami. Board the Norwegian Sun Cruise at noon.
10 March (Sun) Full day at sea means 8 hours of slide illustrated lectures
11 March (Mon) Arrive at 8 am in George Town, Grand Cayman.
12 March (Tues.) Arrive at 11 am on Roatan in the Bay Islands of Hondorus.
13 March (Wed) Arrive at Belize City at 8 am. Tour ruins of Lamanai.
14 March (Thurs) Arrive at Cozumel at 8 am. Tour ruins of Chichen Itza
15 March (Fri.) Full day at sea means 8 hours of slide illustrated lectures
16 March (Sat.) Arrive back in Miami and fly back to St. Louis
Actually, there will be two and half archaeologists on the tour. Amira Fuller (7 years old) will also be accompanying the trip. She has climbed inside the pyramids of Egypt, ridden camels in Morocco, and explored painted caves in Spain. Don't suggest that she pet any stray animals or she will give you a karate chop!

The cost of this tour includes a medical policy for the period of the trip, all food costs, transportation to and from St. Louis to Miami, and the tours to the archaeological sites of Lamanai (in Belise) and Chichen Itza (in Mexico). It does not include tips, souvenirs, or add on adventures (like snorkling or scuba diving). All food is covered.

We will be staying aboard the Norwegian Sun Cruise Ship. Its maiden voyage was on September 10, 2001. Yes, it will still smell new. The ship is 853 feet long and 108 feet at the beam. It can reach a speed of 23 knots and weights 77,104 tons (wonder if that is empty or full?). It has diesel electric motors. Guest capacity is 2,400 individuals. Our tour group will be approximately 35 individuals. The crew size is 800. Television, radio, refrigerator and safe are available in each stateroom. Outlets run on 110 volts at 60 cycles.


DETAILS OF THE TOUR and a MAP OF THE TRIP
9 March (Sat.) Depart from St. Louis for Miami - a short, direct flight. Board the Norwegian Sun Cruise Ship Cruise Ship at noon. Depart from Miami at 4:00 PM


10 March (Sun) Full day at sea means 8 hours of slide illustrated lectures on Maya archaeology by Michael and Neathery Fuller.


11 March (Mon) Arrive at 8 am in George Town, Grand Cayman. Participate in experimental archaeology Pirate Party on a masted ship in the bay. Depart at 3 PM.


12 March (Tues.) Arrive at 11 am on Roatan in the Bay Islands of Hondorus.


13 March (Wed) Arrive at Belize City at 8 am. Depart ship for pre-arranged tour. Take a one-hour drive from Belize City to Tower Hill. Board a riverboat for a 90 minute cruise of the New River, with its beautiful tropical rainforest, mangroves, orchids and birds. Disembark at the northern end of the New River Lagoon and enjoy a Belizean-style lunch under the cabanas along the shore. Then begin our 90 minute tour of Lamanai , once the largest Maya ceremonial site in MesoAmerica and occupied as eaerly as 1500 BC. The first stone buildings appeared here between 800 and 600 BC. Huge masks depicting dead rulers and gods seem to materialize out of the rain forest, amid the chatter of birds and the haunting calls of howler monkeys. Marvel at copal and ramon (breadnut) trees.

Note: Comfortable clothing, sensible shoes and a hat are required.


14 March (Thurs) Arrive at Cozumel at 8 am. Depart ship for pre-arranged tour. Ferry boat to Playa del Carmen will take 45 minutes. Board a bus for 3 hour trip to the site. A light box lunch and beverage are provided before beginning the tour of the site. Additional food can be purchased. We will be at the site for 2.5 hours during which we will visit the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, the observatory, the ball court, etc. Return to Playa del Carmen and take the ferry back to Cozumel. Catch the cruiseliner before it leaves!

The Mexican government collects up to $10 from any tourist taking a video camera into the archaeological area. Tripods are not allowed. At the site, there is considerable walking on uneven ground. Wear comfortable clothing, walking shoes, a hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent. Depart Cozumel at 8 pm. One of Many websites on Chichen Itza


15 March (Fri.) Full day at sea means 8 hours of slide illustrated lectures on Maya archaeology by Michael and Neathery Fuller.


16 March (Sat.) Arrive back in Miami at 7 am. Disembarking begins at 9 am. Fly back to St. Louis
Are we carefully monitoring the issue of travel safety? Of course!

The most recent State Department webpages are at Travel Safety

Will I have a chance to go shopping? Hey, its Belise and Mexico, of course.
Can I buy a carpet? NO. Can I buy neat jewelry? Yes. Can I buy perfume? Yes.
Can I buy a COPY of a Maya painted vase or a miniature chamool? Yes What happens if I buy a real, ancient artifact? You go to jail in Belise or Mexico!



For tour information contact Dr. Michael Fuller (314) 513-4414
St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley,
3400 Pershall Road,
St. Louis, MO 63135
or
The International Education Office, (314) 539-5350


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