Mike Saunders is our expert archaeology guide in Guatemala. Mike first visited Guatemala in 1991 while working with an archaeological project. At that time, the country was besieged by internal conflict. During the turmoil of these early years, Mike developed a deep respect for the Maya people and their culture, as well as the stunning scenery of highlands Guatemala. For 25 years he has maintained relations with the local community where he first worked. Currently, he is completing his dissertation at Tulane University, researching contemporary Maya spirituality as it relates to sustainable environmental management. Mike’s ongoing research emphasizes the importance of locally sustainable agriculture and its global implications. Meanwhile, he aims to educate people about Maya culture while identifying needs of local communities and providing resources when possible. Mike and his wife currently reside in the Lake Atitlan area where they are raising their son Jaxson alongside his Maya family and friends.