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Land Northward Tour

(Mexico, Puebla, & Oaxaca)

8-Day Tour to the Lands of the Book of Mormon

With BOOK OF MORMON TOURS

(We are the Pioneers of the Book of Mormon tour)

July 11 – 18, 2020

$1,995.00 per person double occupancy

Does not include international round trip airfare

(United States to Mexico City and Oaxaca, Mexico to the United States)

 

The land northward probably extended into what is now known as the Mexico City valley, where Mexico City is located. As such, we are justified in identifying the Mexico City valley as “the northernmost part of the land.” A good possibility also exists that sites like Monte Alban in the state of Oaxaca (land northward) were controlled by the first century BC Nephites. The archaeological evidence at Monte Alban shows that a minority civilization gained control during this time period, quite possibly the Nephite-Mulekite fusion. This suggests that Mulekites were living in the areas of Oaxaca-Mexico (land north-northward) during the period of 26 BC. The archaeological record supports strong settlements in the land northward (Oaxaca-Puebla-Mexico) during this Preclassic Period. Sites such as Monte Alban, Teotihuacan, and Cholula were all active city centers prior to the coming of Christ (see Helaman 6:9–10, 12).

 

On this tour you will see the Book of Mormon history come to life as we travel throughout the area proposed as the land northward and the land of Moron. You will visit Mexico City, the Museum of Anthropology, Teotihuacan, Cholula, Puebla, Oaxaca, Mitla, Monte Alban, two LDS temples, nine archaeological sites and museums, and six locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Places visited on the tour are identified as documented in the highly acclaimed book Exploring the Lands of the Book of Mormon by Joseph L. and Blake J. Allen. 

 

TOUR INCLUDES: seven nights hotel accommodations, 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 and author Blake Allen.

The tour deposit is $500 per person. The total payment is due 60 days prior to departure. The deposit 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.

Call today to book your space on this incredible Book of Mormon experience. 1.801.226.5200 or email us at info@ldstours.com.

 

Itinerary

Day 1: Saturday, July 11, Mexico City

Our flights take us to Mexico City, one of the largest cities in the world with a total population of more than 26 million in the valley.  Upon arrival we will transfer to our hotel. (No meals included)

 

Day 2: Sunday, July 12, Mexico City

This morning we will attend church with local members.  We will then visit the LDS Temple and Visitor’s Center of Mexico City.  In the afternoon we will visit the beautiful National Museum of Anthropology, one of the most spectacular museums of its kind in the world. Touring the museum will provide us with an excellent overview of our tour as we are exposed to many beautiful exhibits ranging from ancient pottery to gold and jade jewelry.  Lunch will be provided while at the museum. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 3: Monday, July 13, Mexico City

Today 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 return to Mexico City in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 4: Tuesday, July 14, Puebla

After checking out of our hotel, we will stop at the Shrine of Guadalupe where we will learn about the origin of the Catholic Church in Mexico. We then travel to the city of Cholula, which is home to the largest-based pyramid in the world.  It dates to the pre-Classic era (500 BC).  It was destroyed at the time of Christ and has been built over several times. A Catholic church sits peacefully on top of the pyramid today. We will spend the night in Puebla. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 5: Wednesday, July 15, Oaxaca

Today we head into the rugged mountains of Oaxaca. The Oaxaca valley has archaeological evidence that dates to the Jaredite time period and as a result is considered to be the ancient area of the Jaredite lands called Moron.  LDS scholars believe that the Jaredites landed on the Pacific side and moved inland and that a branch of their society settled in the Oaxaca (pronounced Wa-Ha-Ca) area.  Three kingships later they moved to the Gulf Coast area.  Olmec/ Jaredite settlements began to show up along the Gulf Coast between 2000 and 1500 BC.  As we arrive in the colonial city of Oaxaca, we will visit the site of San Jose Mogote dating to 2600 BC and having Mesopotamian style stonework which may indicate their coming from the Tower of Babel area and time period. (Breakfast, Dinner)

 

Day 6: Thursday, July 16, Oaxaca

Today we will visit the Zapotec ruins of Mitla, a post-Book of Mormon site, but one that has some fascinating history associated with it.  Although built about AD 700, it shows outstanding accomplishment in the workings of cement and intricate design.  A visit to a local artisan shop and the world famous Tule Tree, believed to be one of the oldest trees on earth, will conclude our day.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 7: Friday, July 17, Oaxaca

This morning we will climb by bus to the top of the mountain where the ancient Zapotec ruins of Monte Alban are located. Here we will summarize the three civilizations identified in the Book of Mormon: the Jaredites, Mulekites and Nephites. It was at Monte Alban where evidence of a written language was first discovered in Mesoamerica. The site dates from 500 BC to AD 700 and may have been controlled by the Nephites beginning at the reign of King Mosiah at about 100 BC.  In the afternoon, we will visit the black pottery shop and learn of how this beautiful pottery is created.  A visit to the Santo Domingo Church and Museum will complete our visit to the city which was home to Benito Juarez, a contemporary of Joseph Smith, and Mexico’s only pure native President.  (Breakfast, Lunch)

 

Day 8: Saturday, July 18, Flights Home

We transfer to the airport where 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. (Breakfast)

 

TOUR INCLUDES:

• Seven nights deluxe hotel accommodations

• 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

• Escorted by professional tour director Blake Allen

 

7-day extension available to Veracruz, Hill Cumorah, Villahermosa, Palenque, land Bountiful, and Belize.  See Land Northward to Bountiful tour.


Prices and itineraries are subject to change.  

Provided meals are noted at the end of each day.  

Time will be given for optional second or third meals during the day.

 

BOOK OF MORMON TOURS

PO Box 970250 • Orem, UT 84097 • Telephone: 801.226.5200

www.BookOfMormonTours.com • info@ldstours.com

 

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