WESTERN CARIBBEAN • JANUARY 27th – FEBRUARY 3rd, 2008
An American town that moves to the sensuous rhythms of the Caribbean. Conch culture, coral reefs, sleek racing catamarans and rich fishing grounds await. Sample shore excursions: Old Town Trolley & Conch Train; Key West Cup Regatta; World-class Light-tackle Fishing.
Belize is the outdoors. Offshore, the second longest barrier reef in the world invites you to meet its birds and turtles, swim with the rays, snorkel, windsurf, or just hang out. Onshore, Belize is an eco-tourist's paradise, with rainforests and caves (exotic tubing!), wildlife and nature reserves. Noteworthy Mayan ruins await your exploration. Plan an adventure in Belize!
"Guatemala" means "land of many trees". Our port of San Tomas de Castilla provides access to rainforests, a manatee habitat, national parks, and archaeologic sites. Copan, the "Paris of the Mayan world" is a plane ride away. Quirigua, a Mayan ruin known for finely sculpted monuments, lies close to port. Any way you choose, Guatemala offers a quintessential Central American experience.
Once the destination of Mayan women paying homage to Ixchel, Mayan goddess of fertility; today ranked among the world's premier dive spots. Just a ferry ride away: the Mayan ruins of Tulum, spectacularly sited on the sea cliffs. By motorcoach, you can visit the "monumental" ruins of Chichen Itza.
Underwaterworld iconography of the Classic Maya
Sacred plants of the 6th-9th century Maya of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and Honduras
Ethno-botany: plants utilized by the Maya from Classic times through today
Tomb of the Jade Jaguar: what it was like to be a Harvard student and excavating the tomb of the 9th century King of Tikal
Sacred ball games of Mesoamerica: iconography and ballcourt architecture
Pyramid temples and palaces: architectural history of the pre-Columbian Maya
Composition of the universe
The Big Bang Theory and its successes
Computing the universe
The first things in the universe and their aftermath
Global warming and the energy transition
Free will, genetics, and neuroscience
Battlegrounds for emerging technologies
Living ethically in the brave new world
Does The Language You Speak Shape The Way You See The World?
Heartbreak in a Hundred Languages: How We Conceive of Abstract Concepts Through Our Bodies
Homuncular Flexibilility: Adapting Physical Brain Structure to Virtual Bodies
Buying and Selling 1's and 0's: How VR Changes Marketing
Virtual Bodies and the Human Identity: The Proteus Effect
Transformed Social Interaction in Virtual Worlds
Computational science and engineering
An Introduction to high-performance and grid computing
The once and future Web
Evolution: the science (What I've learned covering evolution lo these many years)
Editor in Chief, Scientfic American
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Cruise prices vary from $849 for an Standard Inside to $1,199 for an Outside cabin, per person. (Cruise pricing is subject to change. InSight Cruises will generally match the cruise pricing offered at the Holland America website at the time of booking.) For those attending the conference, there is a $1,275 fee. Taxes are $68.38 per person. All prices and fees are detailed on the BOOK NOW page.
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