Mexico Study Tour 2008

Students participate in the informal economy,
Chamula, Chiapas

Climing the stairs to the Chapel of San
Cristobal, Chiapas

UFV Geography has been taking up to 18 students to Mexico every other year since 1993.  This year's edition covered much the same ground as in 2006, but with some new faces on the instructional front.

From May 1 to 23, Geography instructors David Gibson, now emeritus, and Garry Fehr, the department's new cultural geographer, were assisted by Latin American Studies' instructor Stephen Piper in leading 17 students throughout the central and southern portions of Mexico.

A few of the learning activities included hiking in the cloud forest in the Pronatura Reserve, a boat ride along the Canon del Sumidero, and some shopping - yes, it is part of a geographic education! - in both traditional and modern markets in rural and urban settings. 

The group connected with Mexican university students in Oaxaca, observing religious festivals in Tlaxcala and Cacaxtla, and visited with traditional artisans including weavers, potters, artists and brewers of mezcal. 

Finally, there was the piece de resistance of exploring extraordinary Mayan ruins, and a constant sampling of excellent Mexican cuisine every day!

The class spends a nice evening at the
Zocalo in Oaxaca

Preparing the path for the pilgrimage of
Our Lady of Ocotlan

There is a vendor somewhere under these
balloons in the square at Oaxaca

Stay in the boat!  An alligator takes a dip in
Canon del Sumidero, Chiapas

A Rivera mural decorates a wall in Mexico

Some mariachi entertainment in Hidalgo
Square, Mexico City

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