Excursions

Excursions are included in your study abroad program price!

Excursions are a fundamental part of the abroad experience. We carefully select weekend excursions that allow you to discover more about the country in which you are studying and are based on cultural and educational importance or sites of natural beauty. Entrance and transportation fees are always included.

The following is a list of our incredible weekend excursions. The excursions for your program will be confirmed in the Program Calendar you receive one month prior to your program start date.

Photo not found. Pacific Beach Trip

The Oaxacan coast provides you with stunning cliffside views of thousands of small bays that dot its coastline. Unlike other coastal areas of Mexico, the Oaxacan coast remains largely untouched and mainly plays host to local tourism. On this...

Photo not found. Monte Albán Pre-Hispanic Pyramids

While in Oaxaca, you will visit the pre-Hispanic ruins of Monte Albán. This former Zapotec capital city is considered one of the most impressive archeological sites in Mexico. The well-preserved ruins sit atop a hill outside of Oaxaca City,...

Photo not found. Mountain Springs (Hierve el Agua)

Hierve el Agua (or Boiling Water) is an impressive natural wonder located west of Oaxaca City. The name is derived from the abundant mineral springs that seethe from the ground, giving the appearance of boiling water. These extraordinary springs...

Photo not found. Tlacolula Market & Teotilán Artisan Village & Ancient El Tule Tree

The central valleys of Oaxaca State are filled with the echoes of the past. Bustling Tlacolula market is Oaxaca's most famous outdoor market where you can find anything from handicrafts to live turkeys. You will visit the classic Zapotec...

Photo not found. Sierra Norte Mountains Hiking Trip

This expansive range of mountains, found just north of Oaxaca City, provides a stark contrast to the colonial city. Passing through dense cloud canopies and pine forests ideal for hiking, you will encounter ancient mountain villages. During...

Saint James Monastery

Travel back in time to the ancient monastery of Saint James built in 1535 and explore its elaborate Gothic cloister and splendid frescoes. The Saint James Convent is rich in history and is the site where Vicente Guerrero, father of the Mexican Republic, was infamously executed in 1831. Step onto the floor of the unfinished church (its massive roof was destroyed during an earthquake 200 years ago!) and search for the tomb of Princess Donají, a Zapotec princess and early convert to Christianity. Legends claims she fell in love with a Mixtec King, the Lord of Tilantongo. It is one of the most ornate yet hidden sites in the entire valley and is now considered a national treasure!


Photo not found. Mexico City (custom programs)

Visit Mexico’s incredibly vibrant and diverse capital city. Built on a lake where the Aztecs founded their capital Tenochtitlan in 1325, this city has evolved and grown for hundreds of years. In the center you can explore incredible per-Hispanic...

Photo not found. Puebla City Tour (custom programs)

Puebla is home to one of the most beautiful and well-preserved colonial centers in Mexico. Take time to explore the historic center and its extravagant gold encrusted churches and azulejos (painted tile) covered buildings. There are endless...

Photo not found. Mitla

Mitla‘s ancient Zapotec ruins date back to two or three centuries before the Spanish conquest and are one of the most significant archeological sites in Mesoamerica. Walking through the ruins with its intricate architecture and segments of...

Photo not found. Ocotlán Village & Traditional Market (semester)

Travel through winding roads of Oaxaca's Central Valley with sweeping vistas and visit the famous black pottery village of Ocotlán. We will visit artisan workshops to learn about this ancient and functional art form. Afterwards, we will...