Program Details

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

Program Overview

Program Description:

Dive into Mexico’s lively marine environments and regional cultures as you travel from the coast to the jungle. Snorkel in some of the world’s most diverse waters, witness sea turtles and sea lions in their natural habitats, and hike through ancient Mayan ruins.

Get to know your group in Mexico City before beginning your journey to La Paz, where you will meet with researchers and work closely with a marine biologist. Snorkel among colorful schools of fish and observe sea lions in their natural habitats on the beautiful island of Espíritu Santo, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. During your homestay, live with a Mexican family and experience daily life. Practice your Spanish as you explore the region’s incredible natural wonders and culture with your host family.

As the program moves to the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico, you will experience a totally new natural environment. On the island of Cozumel, learn about pearl farming and witness ecosystem restoration efforts through the installation of artificial reefs. Do the night shift of turtle nest patrol to hopefully watch giant sea turtles laying eggs in the sand. See the starfish at El Cielo to learn why they call it “the sky.” Back on land, you will discover the region’s strong Mayan cultural influence through visits to the archaeological ruins at Coba or Tulum.

Your Experiment concludes in Mexico City, where you will deepen your knowledge of Mexico’s culture, history, and cuisine from the vantage point of the country’s expansive capital city. Taste authentic tacos, visit the famous cathedral in el Zócalo, and stroll through the Frida Kahlo Museum.

To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/MXM.

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
Cost:
$5290

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
Need-based scholarships from $250 to $3,000

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 3 Reviews

  • The time of my life
    5.0
    08/27/17

    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...
    5.0
    08/15/17

    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
    5.0
    09/01/16

    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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