LOCATION: Cahal Pech, Belize

Intinerary and Accommodations – Belize


The group will be staying the Cahal Pech Village Resort in San Ignacio. Students will be sharing rooms, each with en- suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The resort has a laundry service, which costs $7 per load. The turn around for laundry is 24 hours. Towels are provided. The hotel includes a general room with a television and a dining area where meals will be served. Wifi is also available.

Meals will be eaten at the hotel, and an arrangement will be made to provide us with a mid- workday snack. All of the meals served will be comparable to those found at home. Please let us know if you are a vegetarian or if you require a special diet so that we may discuss the best way to accommodate your needs.

For this program, the students will generally be at the archaeological site during the weekdays and on excursions during the weekend. On occasion, we may choose to deviate from the schedule in reaction to unforeseen circumstances and unique opportunities.

July 22 – Fly to Belize City and drive to San Ignacio. Stop to eat on the way. Evening briefing on safety and logistics
July 23 – Cahal Pech site tour in the morning. Field methods and mapping. Lab intro & Unit setup.
July 24 – Full day of excavations. Afternoon lecture on taking field notes.
July 25 – Full day of excavations. Artifact diagnosis workshop following excavations. Evening dinner in town.
July 26 – Full day of excavations.
July 27 – Excavations through the day. Optional trip to the Iguana Farm in the afternoon. $10
July 28 – Students will visit the ancient Maya capital of Caracol, then visit Rio Frio Cave and Big Rock Falls.
July 29 – Students will tour Actun Tunichil Muknal cave during the day.
July 30 – Full day of excavations
July 31 – Excavations through the day. Ghost stories atop temple in the evening.
August 1 – Excavations through the day. Dinner in town.
August 2 – Excavations through the day. Lecture and movie night following dinner.
August 3 – Closing Excavations. Following excavations, the team will break down site, process and store final artifacts, finish mapping, and do inventory on equipment. After workday, team will shower and travel to Placencia for weekend stay.
August 4 – Snorkeling off of Placencia and island barbecue. Overnight at Placencia.
August 5 – Fly home

Students will visit, Caracol, Big Rock Falls, Placencia, Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave, and the optional Iguana Farm for their excursions.







This project will be available for up to 24 students currently enrolled in 10th through 12th grade who are in good standing at their school.


Total fees for this project are $3350.


  • itinerary
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In addition to the  supervisors that will oversee the excavations, there will be numerous staff members supporting the archaeological team. A brief description of each archaeologist and staff member can be found below: