The Olmec civilization dates back to the 2nd century BC when favorable environmental conditions allowed the society to thrive. This high productivity encouraged population growth from which an elite class developed and, accordingly, so did demand for objects of creative expression. During this trip we visit the birthplaces of this art, where the colossal heads and finely carved sculptures emblematic of the Olmec style were found.
This unusual expedition will take us into truly remote areas of Mexico to explore some of the more elusive Olmec sites. See La Venta, San Lorenzo, and Tres Zapotes, where the first of the Olmec colossal heads were found in 1862. Climb the mighty cleft volcanic mountain to see the beautifully inscribed boulders at Chalcatzingo, way off the beaten tourist trail. Visit museums housing major collections of Olmec art including the vast open-air museum of Parque-Museo La Venta, the Carlos Pellicer Museum in Villahermosa, the Xalapa Anthropology Museum, not only filled with exquisite works of art, but also presenting one of the loveliest edifices in Mexico, and view the Olmec objects on display at the National Museum of Anthropology, housed in a unrivaled award-winning structure in Mexico City.
Won’t you join Far Horizons and only 13 others on this very special 10-day journey to the world of the ancient Olmec?