(PRLEAP.COM) Lapeer, MI – July 11, 2007 – In addition to exploring the natural environment of the Yucatan Peninsula, Travel Adventures’ New Worlds Science and Spanish Immersion trips take students groups on a tour of Chichen Itza – the newest edition to the Seven Wonders of the World list.
The Mayan city of Chichen Itza, located in the Mexican state of Yucatan, was chosen as one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” by approximately 100 million people around the globe.
Chichen Itza, which in the Mayan language
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means “at the mouth of the well of the Itza,” was one of the most important Mayan political, commercial and religious centers of the classic period, but it fell into decline after the emergence of Mayapan as the new focal point of regional power in the Yucatan Peninsula.
The city is home to several buildings that are remarkable both for their architectural design and their religious and scientific significance. Among these are the Temple of Kukulkan (Feathered Serpent), the Observatory, the Temple of the Warriors and the Sacred Cenote (Well of Sacrifice).
The Temple of Kukulkan, one of the tallest and most notable structures in Mayan architecture sits on a 55.5-meter wide rectangular platform and rises to a height of 24 meters. Each of its four sides has 91 steps and the platform that crowns the pyramid is considered the 365th step, meaning there is one for each day of the solar calendar.
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teachers specifically looking for exciting ways to expand their curriculum beyond the classroom, “Yucatan Adventure” tours are 8-9 day excursions focusing on the natural environment and culture of the region. Student groups (as small as six) visit prestigious national parks, nature preserves, jungles, and caves, as well as small towns and cities. A local guide is with the group throughout the trip and special “step-on” guides and/or naturalists are added whenever the learning opportunity can be enhanced.
Travel Adventures is one of the most trusted names student travel and is staffed by former educators who recognize the importance that student travel can play in the lives of young people. The New Worlds Science and Spanish Immersion Programs have an educational focus and are designed to provide the students with unique hands-on learning experiences.
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