ISLA MUJERES ETHNOGRAPHIC FIELD SCHOOL OPTIONAL ADD-ON ACTIVITIES AND ADDITIONAL RESEARCH TIME
SWIM WITH THE WHALE SHARKS during their annual migration off the shores of Isla Mujeres. Whale sharks are the world's largest omnivores, and can live in excess of 80 years, growing to a maximum size of 60 feet long and 70,000 lbs, They are considered the gentle giants of the sea.
This bucket-list excursion includes private vessel transport to the Whale Shark location, multiple professionally guided water drops to observe these amazing creatures in their natural habitat (plus Giant Mantas if you're lucky), sandwiches and soft drinks onboard, as well as a post excursion relaxing swim with staff-made ceviche and guacamole off the beautiful shores of Playa Norte. An experience not to be missed!
Cost: ~ $150USD
PADI OPEN WATER CERTIFICATION DIVE SCHOOL is a highly recommended optional add-on.
Dive certification will underscore your understanding of the complex relationship between the environment and culture, especially in regard to sustainable tourism and local political economies.
Students may select the appropriate level of dive training if they are beyond beginner -- up to and including Assistant Instructor PADI Certification. Dr. Pierce is a certified Dive Master and would be happy to provide assistance or advice if needed.
Documents supporting levels above beginner will be needed for registration in advanced courses; please indicate your level of PADI Certification in your Application.
Cost: ~ $500USD
OUR FLEXIBLE EXCURSIONS INLAND TO THE YUCATAN MAYAN RUINS AND CENOTES can include visits to world famous Mayan historical ruin sites Chichén Itzá (Piste) and Ek' Balam (Temozón), as well as multiple cenotes in the Valladolid area. Chichén Itzá, Ek' Balam, and cenotes can be visited in a single day excursion if desired.
Climb to the top of the Acropolis surrounded by butterflies at Ek' Balam, and walk amongst the stila in the Temple of Warriors and visit the massive Ball Court at Chichén Itzá -- declared one of the World UNESCO Sites and 7 Wonders of the World in 1988.
Cenotes are spectacular underground water-filled sinkholes, often used as water supply or for sacrificial purposes by the ancient Maya. Cenotes are known for their incredible geological stalactite formations and mystical ambiance.
Cenote options include Cenote Suytun, Cenotes X'Keken and Samula, Cenote Agua Dulce, and Cenote Palomitas.
Cost: ~$80 - $800USD
ADDITIONAL SUPERVISED RESEARCH TIME ON THE ISLAND can be arranged with Dr. Pierce if schedules allow. Available to 6 Week Advanced Methods students only, attendees can extend their stay on Isla Mujeres up to one week before the official start of class, and an additional one week after.
Please contact Dr. Pierce at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries.
Cost: $400USD per added week