MesoAmerica Tour


The MesoAmerica Tour is a BYU-Idaho academic travel excursion through Mexico, the Yucatan, Guatemala (tentative), and Belize.

What we will do and see?

Highlights include Mexico City Temple, ancient pyramids, rainforests, volcanoes, cathedrals, folkdance, Aztec, Olmec, and Maya ruins, waterfalls, river swims, cave exploration, canyons, boat tours, zip-line treks, traditional textiles, authentic cuisine, service projects, Pathway sites, exotic birding, iguanas, zoos, museums, snorkeling, testimony meeting, white beaches, blue water, great friends, life-changing learning.


First block of Spring Semester 2015. Classes are held on campus for two weeks (April 13-24) then students travel for about four weeks, returning in time for second block.

Program Cost

Tour cost - $2,895 

Tour cost includes all transportation, food, lodging, and entry fees during travel. This does not include tuition.

Additional costs may include: Souvenirs, film, camera, snacks, water (about $2/day), passport application fee, books and supplies for classes, room and board for two weeks in Rexburg prior to travel (you may stay with friends, family, bishop, professor, or in dorms for a low daily rate)

Available Courses

Students MUST take at least 5 credits and can take up to 10 credits. All students will take the required Sociology 490R Latin American Studies - 1 or 2 credits. Current course options include:

  • FDREL 122 Second half of Book of Mormon
  • REL 343 Church History-1900 to Present
  • FDSCI 101 Science Foundations
  • FDSCI 203 Environmental Stewardship
  • FDENG 101 Writing and Reasoning Foundations
  • ENG 350 Literary Themes
  • BIO 490 Special Topics: Identifying Birds of Mesoamerica
  • SOC 390R Mesoamerica
  • SPAN 490 Independent Study: Spanish Tutor/Translator

Application Requirements

Pick up an application packet from a director or from the Religion Department Office (Taylor 202). You can also download an application here.

Take your application to Brother Rowe (Taylor 104). (Slide it under his door if he's not there) You will receive an e-mail notifying you of your acceptance. Once you are accepted, payment of a nonrefundable $300 deposit is required to confirm your place with the tour.

Who can apply?

All BYU-Idaho students can apply regardless of track or major.

Faculty Contacts

Tate Carter

Office: Benson 294K

Phone: 208-496-4608


Jim Papworth

Office: Rigby 306

Phone: 208-496-4394


BJ Rowe

Office: Taylor 104

Phone: 208-496-3953