Art, archaeology of Mexico

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November 27, 2005|By LOS ANGELES TIMES

Discover the arts of Veracruz, Puebla and Tlaxcala on a cultural tour that begins Jan. 12.

The 11-night tour focuses on the art, archaeology and history of the region, east of Mexico City.

"We see archaeological sites, and we see a lot of different types of art - from ancient pre-Columbian to cutting-edge," said tour leader Jean Grimm.

In Veracruz, the group will tour the fortress of San Juan de Ulza and trace the trail of Hernando Cortes, the Spanish explorer who landed there in 1519. The group will also visit the pre-Hispanic city of El Tajin and the Pyramid of the Niches.

In Jalapa, participants will see the ancient Olmec stone heads at the Museo de Antropologma. Also on the itinerary are private haciendas and La Iglesia de Santo Domingo, a cathedral that took 200 years to build.

Cost: $2,695 per person, double occupancy ($550 single surcharge), including hotels, most meals, ground transportation and admissions. International airfare is not included.

Contact: Jean Grimm Art Tours, Tempe, Ariz.; 888-783-1331; mexicanart

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