Mexico Study Tour 2006

Scoping the pyramids at Teotihuacan

Lunch is ready at a taco stand at Tlaxcala

UFV Geography has been taking up to 16 students to Mexico every other year since 1993.  The trip typically runs 22 days and credits vary from 9 to 16 depending on the student's interests and component courses eligible for enrollment.

In 2006, from Apr 27 to May 19, Latin American Studies' Stephen Piper helped our own Dave Gibson lead 16 students to Mexico City, and then by boat, bus, auto and ox-cart through the provinces of Oaxaca, Chiapas, and Tlaxcala.

Students learned about the pyramids and the built and religions landscapes of urban and rural communities, the cultural mosaic of the southern provinces, an economic landscape that varies from industry to farming, and, of course, the pyramids at Palenque and Teotihuacan.

The tour sampled some great cuisine and, of course, some classical Mexican refreshments (!) along the way.

Birds-eye view Centro Historico, Mexico City

Informal economic activity Mexico City

Studying (yea right!) the Chiampas at Xochimilco

Birds-eye view of Avenue of the Dead, Teotihuacan

Spanish colonial architecture characterizes this colourful street scene, Oaxacala

Surveying the Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque

Climbing the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan

Out of the monsoon, San Juan Chamula

The Old Basilica of Santa Maria, Guadalupe

Decorating the street in Tlaxcala to celebrate the Fiesta Nuestra Senora de Ocotlan

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