- La Paz, Mexico; Mexico City, Mexico
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- 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
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
- Need-based scholarships from $250 to $3,000
Based on 5 Reviews
- Experiment in Mexico08/30/18
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
unknown was a experience in itself. An experience that taught me to try harder than you already are. To push yourself to your limits even when you don't feel comfortable with doing so. Through attempting to speak a different language without humiliating myself, eating food that is appeasing to the eye, but appeasing to the tongue, to building relationships that I thought would never form. My experience in Mexico was a great one that opened my eyes even more to what I could do.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- A Door, Now Opened08/29/18
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,
the Experiment has been there for me, maintaining contact to ensure my well being and satisfaction with the entire trip. Start to finish, I was comfortable in what I was doing, and found myself reaching out because of that comfort. It's easy, when you're not worried, to try new foods, hike higher than you were willing to before (I have to say, the Pyramid of the Sun was amazing and totally worth the stairs), create friendships (I'm still chatting with the people I went to Mexico with, especially my host family), and just ultimately immerse yourself in the culture. My parents were pretty nervous about me going, too, but the Experiment also made that easier on them with articles and updates before and throughout the trip. I feel confident saying that my Spanish improved by a mile, as I lived with six triathlon athletes during the home stay. There was never a dull moment, and I found myself fully involved in my family's daily life. Mexico wasn't my first choice of program; it actually wasn't on my list at all. But because I applied early, hoping for the scholarship (because I couldn't have gone without it) I was asked about my program flexibility. I believe I said something along the lines of, "I had such a difficult time choosing in the first place--any Spanish-speaking country would be unbelievable." So, I ended up in Mexico, and that July was easily the best July I've ever had. My host family was incredible, and while I am biased to say they were the best ones around, the host families of the other kids were equally amazing. Our activities took us from Mexico City, to Cozumel, to Cancun, to La Paz... In each location, a stunning amount of people were welcoming, were coordinating our activities, and understanding that we were learning the language. My group leaders and fellow group members were some of the best people I've ever met--honest, to the point, and fun. It was such a diverse group, and we got along so well. Cave diving, hiking, swimming with sea turtles where National Geographic photographers work, snorkeling (on program or with my host family), shopping in Cancun, eating in authentic restaurants, riding in boats to see sea lions and kayaking to see dolphins in La Paz... This Experiment Abroad revealed to me that I would love to travel abroad in college, and especially stay with host families, because the immersion is where your language skills and cultural understanding really come together. I've realized that I want a job that'll involve travel, because that's the happiest I've ever been. The Experiment truly opened doors for me, and I'd recommend the program to anyone considering traveling abroad during their high school years.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The time of my life08/27/17
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
Biologist guide, and many other people. I felt like I was at my best when I was in Mexico with these wonderful people. I would do all these essays over and over again because this program was most definitely worth it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Exciting and thought-provoking...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
excursions in Mexico City to cave snorkeling in Cozumel, this trip was filled with insights from actual Mayan natives, lessons on prehispanic culture, and plates of tasty Mexican delicacies. 10/10 would recommend!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life Changing09/01/16
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
I had to do it. It would be an amazing opportunity for me to go out of the country for the first time and it was. When I first landed in Mexico City, I did not know what to expect, but once I step foot outside the gates I was greeted by my team leader who welcomed me with their open arms. I later on met my group which consisted about 15 other students, putting that 16 student in total including me and my two team leaders. During our stay in Mexico City, we were introduced to their culture and toured different places within Mexico City. Each place we were taken to had an interesting piece of history behind it, my favorite place that we went to was the Lucha Libre where we watched masked wrestlers wrestle against one another. After our orientation in Mexico City, we then flew to Cozumel for our homestay and Cozumel was where everything changed for me. Living with a host family for the first time, I did not know what to expect. I could no communicate with my host family as my Spanish was a little weak, but the language barrier did not stop me from being able to enjoy my time or for my family to show their interest and care in me and my culture. In Cozumel, that was where we did the majority of the Marine Biology learning, we visited different places such as cielos, centoes, mangroves, and even forests to further better our understanding on Marine Biology. Besides learning in Cozumel, we were able to put ourselves out their with the environment and society and live as a resident of Cozumel. Living in a city with such a fast pace lifestyle, made me realize how much I love being in Cozumel and Mexico in general with a slow pace lifestyle. After a little over a week, we then flew to La Paz where we learned more about the marine life there from some residents who lived and studied there. In La Paz, we were able to snorkel with sea lions and more importantly- able to witness some of the most beautiful stars at night. Before I knew it, three weeks passed by and I was siting on the plane tearing up- leaving this foreign country I fell so in love with. The Experiment gave me one of the most life changing experience I have ever had, and I would encourage anyone and everyone to go on one of their programs. Feel free to contact me with any questions/comments.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend