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Land of Nephi Tour with Mexico City

11-Day Deluxe Tour

July 8 – 18, 2017

$2,695 per person double occupancy

Includes all internal airfare

Does not include international airfare

(United States to Guatemala City and Mexico City to the United States)

 

Following the death of Lehi and Sariah, Nephi was warned by the Lord to depart from his brothers, Laman and Lemuel. Along with many who were living in the area of Izapa, Chiapas, Mexico at the time, Nephi traveled to the highlands of Guatemala where he built a city which was called the city of Nephi. For four hundred years the highlands of Guatemala served as a backdrop for the events recorded in the books of 2 Nephi, Jacob, Enos, Jarom, Omni, Mosiah and Alma. Come with us on this eleven day all-inclusive journey, as we visit places that are documented as Nephi, Ishmael, Middoni, Helam, the waters of Mormon, the east wilderness of Zarahemla, the land of Lehi’s first inheritance and the land northward at Teotihuacan.

 

On this tour you will see the Book of Mormon history come to life as we travel throughout the area proposed as the land of Nephi. You will visit the LDS temples in Guatemala City and Quetzaltenango, eight archaeological sites and museums, nine locations associated with the Book of Mormon and other places of interest culminating with the site of Izapa where you will see the Tree of Life stone and finally the magnificent site of Teotihuacan.

 

Tour Includes: ten nights hotel accommodations, three internal air flights (a $400 value), two or more meals daily except on first and last days, first-class bus transportation, entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary, taxes and tips on group items, literature and maps pertaining to your tour, and escorted by professional tour director Blake Joseph Allen.

 

Full payment is due in order to reserve your space on this tour.  The regular deposit amount of $500 is non-refundable; however, it may be transferred to another tour if taken within 12 months of the original scheduled tour departure. See terms and conditions for details. Prices and itineraries are subject to change.

 

ITINERARY


Day 1: Saturday, February 11, Guatemala City

Our flights take us to Guatemala City, the city of Eternal Spring. Upon arrival we will transfer and check into our deluxe hotel.

 

Day 2: Sunday, February 12, Guatemala City

After attending church with the local saints, we will visit the Guatemala LDS temple and then later, the National Museum of Archaeology of Guatemala where we will analyze Kaminaljuyu’s stela 10, an altar that dates to 147 BC and may suggest a transfer of kingship from King Noah to Limhi (see Mosiah 18 & 19).  We will then visit the large relief map of Guatemala in order to orient ourselves with the geographical overview of the country in relation to the Book of Mormon. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 3: Monday, February 13, Guatemala City

Our air flight will take us to the awe-inspiring, Maya archaeological zone of Tikal, occupied from 600 BC to AD 750. This dense rain forest is considered by many to be the East Wilderness where the Nephites, under the direction of the military leader Moroni, built many fortified cities during the 1st century BC (see Alma 50:7-15). New evidence shows a strong relationship between Teotihuacan and Tikal at the close of the Book of Mormon history which resulted in the downfall of the Nephite nation. In the early evening we will take a return flight to Guatemala City. (Breakfast, Lunch).

 

Day 4: Tuesday, February 14, Lake Atitlan

This morning we will check out of our hotel and explore the archaeological zone of Kaminaljuyu, a place considered by many to have been settled by Nephi in the 6th century BC (see 2 Nephi 5:5-10).  We will then bus to Antigua, the old Spanish capital of Guatemala. Several buildings date to the 16th and 17th centuries.  We will visit the jade factory prior to continuing on to Lake Atitlan.  En route, we will pass by the Cakchiquel Maya village of Patzicia, almost entirely destroyed by the 1976 earthquake. We will recount the courage and faith of the missionaries and members of the Patzicia stake. We will continue on our trek to the village of Panajachel, and check into our hotel that is nestled on the shore of Lake Atitlan.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Wednesday, February 15, Lake Atitlan

Flanked by three dramatic volcanoes, Lake Atitlan has been a scenic retreat for over 2000 years. It has been proposed by many LDS scholars as a site for the Waters of Mormon where Alma organized the church of Christ in the first century BC (see Mosiah chapters 18 and 19). The day will consist of a cruise on the lake to see the area where an ancient city was covered by water. This city may have been Jerusalem mentioned in Alma 21:1 or it may have been one of the other cities mentioned in 3 Nephi 9:7. The afternoon will be free for shopping or relaxing or other available activities. A presentation on the historical literature of the Book of Mormon will be presented by your tour director in the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, February 16, Quetzaltenango

After a leisure morning, we will check out of our hotel and pick up Alma’s trail as we make our way through the wilderness to the Valley of Alma. Our journey will take us to Quetzaltenango, the second largest city in Guatemala and the location of the new, second temple in Guatemala which we will see prior to checking into our hotel that overlooks the city square.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 7: Friday, February 17, Tapachula

After checking out of our hotel, we will visit the village of Almolonga, renowned for its pure water and lush vegetable gardens, a place that may have been occupied by Alma and his followers (Mosiah chapters 23 & 24). We will then travel down from the highlands to the Pacific coast where we will cross the border into Mexico and check into our hotel in the nearby city of Tapachula. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 8: Saturday, February 18, Mexico City

Today we will visit the archaeological site of Izapa. While visiting Izapa, we will see Stela 5, the “Tree of Life Stone”. This engraved stone dating back to 300 BC may depict Lehi’s dream as recorded in first Nephi. Following our visit of Izapa we will transfer to the airport for a flight to Mexico City. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 9: Sunday, February 19, Mexico City

We begin our day attending church with the local saints.  Afterwards, we will visit the LDS temple and Visitor’s Center.  In the afternoon, we will visit the National Museum of Anthropology, one of the most spectacular archaeological museums in the world. Touring the museum will provide us with an excellent review of our tour and expose us to many beautiful exhibits ranging from ancient pottery to gold and jade jewelry. We will return to the hotel for the night. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 10: Monday, February 20, Mexico City

This morning we will visit the ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. Occupied from about 200 BC to AD 900, Teotihuacan was one of the largest populated cities in the world during its peak. The inspiring pyramids of the Sun and Moon attract millions of visitors to this most popular archaeological zone in Mexico. This may have been the great city built by King Jacob of the Gadianton Robbers (See 3 Nephi 7). We will also see the Shrine of Guadalupe where we will learn about the origin of the Catholic Church in Mexico. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 11: Tuesday, February 14, Flights Home

Transferring to the Mexico City airport, we will check in for our flights home. Our journey to the Book of Mormon lands has come to an end, but we will take with us memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Included in the Tour:

● Ten nights in deluxe hotel accommodations

● Three internal air flights, a $400 value

● Two or more full meals daily

● First-class bus transportation

● Entrance fees and guide service to places listed on the itinerary

● Taxes and tips on group items

● Literature and maps pertaining to your tour

● Escorted by professional tour director, Blake Joseph Allen.

Provided meals are noted at the end of each day.

Time will be given for optional third meals during the day.  Prices and itineraries are subject to change.

 

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