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*Faculty-Directed: Development & Sustainability in Mexico
Merida, Mexico; Valladolid, Mexico (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Winter
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Type of Program: UCCS Faculty-directed Programs
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UCCS Faculty-Directed: Development & Sustainability in Mexico


Due to under-enrollment this trip has been cancelled for the Winter 2019-2020 term. Please contact with any questions.


Explore the Yucatán Peninsula and learn about development, sustainability, ecology, and archeology on this 8-day faculty led trip to Mexico. This program will run January 10-17, 2020, during winter break. You will get to explore ancient ruin sites, receive guest lectures from university faculty, and discover Mexican/Yucatán cuisine!

Student will earn academic credit for this program: GES 4460 (3 credits)

Deadline to apply is October 30, 2019. Total cost for this trip will be $1,600 USD

Trip Itinerary

Program Dates: January 10 - 17, 2020

January 10 - Arrival in Cancun; coach and guide for transfer to hotel in Valladolid; walking tour of city

January 11 - Cenote Suytun excursion with local guide; return to Vallodolid hotel

January 12 - Visit Chichen Itza archaeological site with local guide; tranfer to Merida hotel

January 13 - Guest Lecture and evening cooking class; return to Merida hotel

January 14 - Boat Tour for Celestun & Pink Flamingo excursion; Guest Lecture; return to Merida hotel

January 15 - Guest Lecture; Hacienda Sotuta de Peon excursion; return to Merida hotel

January 16 - Sisal Excursion

January 17 - Transportation to airport; Departure to USA


Program Cost: $1,600

Cost Breakdown:

UCCS Application Fee & Deposit - $175 (due October 30, 2019)

Tumlare Program Fee - $1,425 (due October 30, 2019)


7 Nights Accommodation (internet included at hotels)

Breakfast Daily

Local, Ground Transportation & Guides

Activity Fees

Cooking Class

Not Included

Airfare; Personal Costs & Daily Spending; Tuition and Fees for Credit


Valladolid is a city on Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Its colonial buildings include 16th-century Convent of San Bernardino of Siena, with an ornate wooden altarpiece, and baroque-style San Gervasio Cathedral. Casa de los Venados has Mexican folk art and furnishings. Cenote Zací is a sinkhole pool with stalactites. The underground cenotes of Samulá and X'Kekén lie southwest. Farther west is the Mayan site Chichén Itzá.

Mérida, the vibrant capital of the Mexican state of Yucatán, has a rich Mayan and colonial heritage. The city’s focal point is Plaza de la Independencia, bordered by the fortresslike Mérida Cathedral and white limestone Iglesia de la Tercera Orden, both colonial-era churches built using relics from ancient Mayan temples. The Casa de Montejo, a 16th-century mansion, is a landmark of colonial plateresque architecture

Application Process & Deadlines

Students participating in this program will need to complete the following items with the UCCS International Affairs office by the listed deadlines:

UCCS International Affairs application (due October 30, 2019) - click the Apply Now button at the top of this page

UCCS International Affairs $175 non-refundable registration fee & deposit (due October 30, 2019) - download cash receipt during application process

Students participating in this program will need to complete the following items with the program provider - Tumlare - by the listed deadlines  (payment information will be provided once confirmation the trip will go is received):

Tumlare program fee of $1,425 (due October 30, 2019) - program fee payment information at


GES 4460 - Field Studies in Geography (3 credits)

Students will receive academic credit for participation in this program. Please note that UCCS tuition for 3 credits is not included in the total program cost; students will be charged UCCS tuition to their UCCS student account.

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Winter 2020-2021 09/13/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
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