Tours to the Americas
Our Americas Trips reveal how the ancients lived.
The following is a list of our upcoming America trips. If you are looking for something unique or not list here, contact us to discuss our custom tour options.
Peru Tour: Inka and Their Ancestors
June 16 – July 1, 2023 | Clark Erickson
From the Moche cities of the north to the fabled Inka sites of the highlands, experience the wealth of Peru’s archaeological past. Caral, ChanChan, Ollantaytambo, and the incomparable Machu Picchu all await, along the enigmatic Nazca Lines and remote Revash and Kuelap. And a highlight will be the Chankillo astronomical observatory built 2,300 years ago.
Mexico Tour: In the Path of the Ancient Olmec
March 20 – 29, 2023 | Karl Taube
Much of the imagery still present in modern Maya iconography had its genesis in Olmec art. Travel from Villahermosa to Chalcatzingo to visit the birthplaces of that art, where the colossal heads and finely carved sculptures emblematic of the Olmec style were found. Also enjoy the spectacular Olmec artifacts on display in the Anthropology Museums of Villahermosa, Xalapa and Mexico City!
Guatemala & El Salvador: Lost Cities of the Ancient Maya Tour
March 10 – 20, 2023 | Stanley Guenter
Journey with Far Horizons on an 11-day expedition through out-of-the-way areas of Guatemala and El Salvador, and discover some of the most influential cities of the ancient Maya, including Dos Pilas, Aguateca, Tazumal, and Joya de Cerén, buried under layers of ash from an eruption of a volcano and declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1993.
The Archaeology of Belize Tour
January 8 – 16, 2023 | Stanley Guenter
Join Far Horizons on this 9-day trip to explore lost Maya ceremonial centers, meet people from the country’s varied ethnic groups, while seeing spectacular wildlife that other countries around the world label ‘endangered’. Travel from the Maya city of Lamanai in the north to the remote ceremonial centers of Lubaantun, and Nimli Punit in the south.
Christmas in Oaxaca Tour
December 20 – 28, 2022 | Guy David Hepp
Join a very special nine-day Christmas trip to Oaxaca that highlights the colorful celebrations of the season. View exquisite colonial architecture, the archaeological sites of Mitla, Yagul, and Lambityeco, and the unique folk art of the nearby villages. Walk through the lovely historic center of Oaxaca and explore Monte Albán, the ancient Zapotec-Mixtec capital, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Mexico’s Yucatan Tour – Off the Beaten Path
February 2024 | Stanley Guenter
Travel deep into the remote southern area of Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula where recent excavations have exposed remains of pyramids and cities that, until recently, were nearly impossible to reach. Hieroglyphic texts found here are changing our knowledge of the Maya by revealing history that has been silent for more than one thousand years!
Capital Cities of the Ancient Maya: Honduras, Guatemala & Mexico Tour
February 2 – 15, 2023 | Stanley Guenter
Explore the capital cities of the ancient Maya and view four UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Begin at magnificent Copán and Quiriguá. Walk through lush tropical forest at Tikal to view towering temples, and end up in Palenque, arguably the most beautiful of the ancient Mesoamerican cities.
American Southwest Tour to New Mexico, Colorado, Utah & Arizona
September 1 – 10, 2023 | Stephen H. Lekson
Tour the Four Corners of the American Southwest: Aztec, Hovenweep, Salinas Pueblo Missions, Laguna and Acoma pueblos, and the UNESCO sites of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde. Join a Native guide to travel by four-wheel drive vehicles into the hidden areas of Canyon de Chelly and Ute Mountain Tribal Park. And enjoy the raucous festivities at the Navajo Nation Fair and Rodeo.
Hidden Mexico Tour: El Tajin to Cantona to Guanajuato
July 15 – 29, 2022 | Karl Taube
Travel from the Gulf Coast lowlands to Mexico’s Central Plateau, and along the way see nine UNESCO World Heritage sites – Tlacotlalpan, El Tajin, Sanctuary of Atotonilco, the Padre Tembleque Aqueduct, El Camino Real Tierra Adentro, and the historic colonial cities of Puebla, Querétaro, San Miguel de Allende, and Mexico City. Added highlights are the rarely visited archaeological sites of the Bajía region.
Tour Central Mexico’s Toltec Heritage
April 29 – May 9, 2023 | Stanley Guenter
The Toltecs are the most mysterious and controversial group from ancient Mesoamerica and the interpretation of their importance to the greater cultural traditions of this region have ranged from seeing them as the “mother culture”, from which all others sprang, to a group that didn’t even exist historically, and were nothing but a figment of the Aztec imagination.
Mound Builders of the USA Tour
September 22 – October 1, 2022 | Timothy Pauketat
Tour the great ancient mounds of the central USA. This unusual ten-day tour travels from the UNESCO site of Poverty Point in Louisiana to the UNESCO site of Cahokia in Illinois, and on to the Newark Earthworks and Great Serpent Mound in Ohio. Along the way, learn about the art and religious beliefs of these mystifying cultures.
Archaeology of Bolivia Tour
May 6 – 21, 2023 | Andrew Roddick
Join Far Horizons on an extraordinary 16-day journey through Bolivia that includes magnificent archaeological sites, indigenous peoples still wearing colorful dress, striking colonial cities created by the Spanish conquerers, and all five of Bolivia’s stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Egyptian Art Tour in Boston, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, New York City
June 7 – 13, 2022| Bob Brier and Patricia Remler
Travel to four US East Coast cities – Boston, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and New York City – to view five outstanding collections of Egyptian art, as well as Cleopatra’s Needle, originally raised in 1475BC in Egypt and now standing majestically in Central Park.
Peru: Hike the Inka Trail
July 22 – August 4, 2022 | Kylie Quave
Hike the Inka Road from Cusco to Machu Picchu and along the way, experience the imposing mountain scenery and explore outstanding Inka stone temples and sanctuaries only accessible by walking this sacred path. Also see Ollantaytambo and Saksaywaman, the enigmatic sanctuary of Qenko, and spend time in the lovely colonial city of Cusco.
Guatemala Tour: The Enduring Maya
Dates TBA | Study Leader TBA
Travel on this 13-day trip to the Highlands of Guatemala. Visit ceremonial centers, meet people from the country’s varied ethnic groups, and learn about religious rituals based on ceremonies with roots in the world of their ancient forebears. And attend the Day of the Dead festivities held in Santiago Sacatepéquez where huge, beautiful kites are flown.