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Detailed information about the Community-Based Ecotourism in the Yucatán Peninsula study abroad program is available. The link contains itinerary information concerning upcoming programs, including itinerary, courses/payment schedule, syllabus and ecotourism. There is also a FAQ section, as well as Internet links and e-mail information. Among the program’s activities are climbing Mayan ruins, visiting colonial cities, exploring historic haciendas and visiting biosphere reserves.


  • The Yucatán Peninsula in Southeastern Mexico separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico.
  • There are many Maya archaeological sites throughout the peninsula and Mayan languages are still widely spoken there.


Enrich your educational experience by taking advantage of at least one of the numerous opportunities available for study abroad. The Web site link below allows you to do a search for universities which, together with TTU, offer study abroad opportunities for your particular agricultural discipline. Explore the various opportunities and complete the online application for study abroad at this Web site. In person, you may find out more about TTU Study Abroad programs through the Overseas Resources Center located on the TTU Campus in Room 110J of the International Cultural Center.

The Community-Based Ecotourism in the Yucatán Peninsula study abroad program is a four week adventure sponsored by the Department of Landscape Architecture. It provides a unique combination of study abroad experiences and the opportunity to participate in a service-learning project. In Yucatán, students visit natural, cultural and historic sites, such as Mayan ruins, internationally recognized biosphere reserves, and colonial cities.

Some of the sites visited included ecotourism venues of various descriptions from large corporate operations, to individual and Non-Government Organization (NGO) facilities and community-based programs. One week involves a stay at the Kaxil Kiuic Biocultural reserve where students study, work and sleep in solar powered, thatched roof cabañas.

Students also meet with civic leaders and researchers in the tourism, cultural and environmental fields to become familiar with the unique and significant characteristics of the region. Special guest lecturers include prominent conservationists, anthropologists, and archeologists. The service-learning portion of the program provides an opportunity for students to help implement some of the concepts and principles of community-based ecotourism that they have learned and experienced during the trip.

They meet with residents from a rural Mayan community who wish to supplement their subsistence life style with tourism income while preserving and promoting their unique heritage and natural environments. The students provide design ideas and solutions for the community based on their studies and travel experiences. The program concludes with a visit to the Caribbean coast for a visit to the Sian Ka’an Biosphere reserve and the Xcaret eco-park, as well as some time to relax and unwind at the beach.

Charles Klein
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture | (806)742-3771