The University of Texas at Tyler, in collaboration with the Maya Research Program, will offer a public Friends of UT Tyler tour that explores the ancient and modern Mayan culture, Dr. Teresa Kennedy, UT Tyler Office of International Programs executive director, announced.

Led by Dr. Thomas Guderjan, UT Tyler associate professor of anthropology, the "Maya Highlands New Year's Eve Tour" will feature certain parts of Mexico and Guatemala. Cost is $3,600 per person and includes ground transportation, room and board and most meals. There is a $500 non-refundable deposit.

Full payment deadline is 5 p.m. Oct. 29. Participants will travel Dec. 28 through Jan. 9. To sign up, call 903-565-0391 or visit www.mayaresearch program.org. For additional information, visit www.uttyler.edu/oip/friendsofuttyler.php.

"During this 13-day journey, we will explore ancient Mayan sites in the spectacular highlands of Mexico and Guatemala," said Guderjan, who also serves as the Maya Research Program president and oversees the Blue Creek Archaeological Project in Belize.

"We will also visit the World Heritage site of Palenque and remote Tonina, explore the colonial cities of San Cristobal and Antigua and meet traditional Maya people who live our contemporary world."

Space is limited, and a valid passport is required.

Affiliated with UT Tyler, the Maya Research Program was established in 1992 and is a non-profit corporation sponsoring archaeological and ethnographic research in Middle America.

UT Tyler introduced the Friends of UT Tyler Travel Program in order to offer extraordinary international travel opportunities along with the expertise of UT Tyler faculty members to friends of the university.

The trips offered through the Friends of UT Tyler Travel Program are to special places with which the faculty tour leader is extremely knowledgeable. The tour leader shares information and insight that would not be available with a regular tour or trip.

For more information, contact Emily Phillips, UT Tyler Office of International Programs study abroad/international insurance adviser, 903-565-0391 or ephillips@ uttyler.edu.

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