Program Details

Dive into Mexico’s lively marine environments as you travel from the coast to the jungle. Snorkel in some of the world’s most diverse waters, observe sea turtles and sea lions in their natural habitats, and hike through ancient ruins.
La Paz, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

Program Description:

Get to know your group in Mexico City before beginning your journey to La Paz, where you will meet with scientists and marine biologists. Snorkel among colorful schools of fish and observe marine animals in their natural habitat on the beautiful island of Espíritu Santo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.

Travel south to the Yucatán Peninsula to experience a totally new natural environment. On the island of Cozumel, you will patrol turtle nesting sites at night where giant sea turtles can often be spotted laying their eggs. Learn about pearl farming and participate in ecosystem restoration efforts by installing artificial reefs. During your time Cozumel, you will also experience daily life with a local Mexican family during your homestay. You can practice Spanish as you share authentic Mexican meals and explore the region’s incredible natural wonders with your host family.

Back on land, you will discover the region’s strong Mayan cultural influence through visits to the ancient archaeological ruins at Coba or Tulum.

Finally, return to Mexico City, home to 20 million people, where you will deepen your knowledge of Mexico’s culture, history, and cuisine. Explore the city, enjoy authentic tacos, visit the famous cathedral in el Zócalo, and stroll through the Frida Kahlo Museum.

Setting Description:
The program begins and ends in Mexico City, giving you time to deepen your knowledge of Mexico’s culture, history, and food from the vantage point of the country’s expansive capital city. Visit the Zócalo, Catedral Metropolitana de la Asunción de María, or Frida Kahlo Museum, or take a walking tour of the old city. As the program moves to the Yucatán in southeastern Mexico — from desert to jungle — you experience a completely different natural environment. Learn about pearl farming on the island of Cozumel and witness ongoing ecosystem restoration efforts through the installation of artificial reefs. Take a late-night beach walk to watch giant sea turtles laying eggs on the sand. Travel to Akumal beach for a guided snorkel excursion with sea turtles and manta rays. Witness the region’s strong Maya cultural influence, and visit the Maya archaeological ruins at Coba or Tulum. Orientation: Mexico City, 3–4 days Homestay: La Paz,* 11–12 days Other Accommodations: Hotels, eco-lodge, ranch

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Need-based scholarships from $250 to $2,200

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 5 Reviews

  • Experiment in Mexico

    Studying abroad in different of Mexico was an experience I would never pass up. Having the chance to swim and snorkel in one of the most biggest and beautiful bodies of water in the world whenever I wanted was awesome! Waking up everyday to a language

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • A Door, Now Opened

    I was nervous right off the bat; picky eater, fear of heights, not a fluent speaker (actually, not even close), and never been out of the country prior to the trip. From the moment I applied for the program to the minute that I'm writing a review post-trip,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The time of my life

    Going to Mexico with all these amazing people from around the world has been life changing. Not only have I learned so much about Mexico and Marine Biology but I have made life long friendships with not only my group but with my host family, our Marine

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Exciting and thought-provoking...

    No one can say that this experience didn't change their life for the better. I spent three weeks with some of the most interesting and cool individuals from around the world. I learned as much from my peers as I did from the tour guides! From the rainy

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life Changing

    Going to Mexico has been a life changing experience. Who knew that being 17, I would be able to climb one of the biggest pyramids, snorkel along with the sea lions and even swim above a shark at one point! When I first heard about the experiment, I knew

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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