April 1–11, 2019
In the footsteps of the ancient Maya, we visit their magical temple complexes, explore their bountiful rainforests, and enter their ceremonial underground cave systems. We will visit the majestic Tikal on a day trip to Guatemala. We depart the jungle for a private-island paradise to experience the magnificent coral reefs. The brilliant colors of the water distinctly change hues with the geology below. There are many types of geologic formations along the coastline of Belize. Each houses a unique ecosystem, with different varieties of corals, sponges, crustaceans, mollusks and fishes native to the Caribbean. The vibrant marine life can be viewed by leisurely snorkeling. (No SCUBA diving on this trip.)
Trip leaders are archaeologist Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., HMNS curator who has participated in excavations in Belize, marine geologist André Droxler, Ph.D. of Rice University’s Department of Earth Science and Baker Institute who has spent his career studying coral reefs and global change, and Amy Featherston Potts who has produced numerous Museum trips in her tenure as Director of Adult Education.
In this exclusive trip offered to HMNS, Dr. Droxler will take our group to the private-island research center at South Water Caye that, until now, has only been shared with his students and fellow researchers. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit research sites with a researcher who will explain the geology of the majestic reefs and coastlines.
Registration: click here to register online, call (713) 639-4629 or at the HMNS Box Office.
Registration requires a deposit of $1,000 per person, completed registration form (page 14) and copy of your passport. By registering, you understand and agree to the Participant Requirements, Responsibilities and Notices (pages 10-11), and Registration and Cancellation Information (page 13) of this document. Availability and room preference is based by order of registration. Final payment is required by December 5, 2018.