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Land Northward to Bountiful Tour

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


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


November 5 – 19, 2022


$3,095.00 per person double occupancy

Does not include international round trip airfare

(United States to Mexico City and Cancun to the United States)


Several Book of Mormon historical events are associated with the land referred to as the “land northward”. That is the name given to the area that was the heartland of the ancient Jaredites. The Mulekites landed in the land northward. The Nephites lived in the land northward during a portion of their thousand-year history. The last battles recorded in the Book of Mormon were fought in the land northward. The Nephites called the land northward “Desolation.” And the land northward was separated from the land southward by a narrow neck of land, which was used as a passageway between the land northward and the land southward. During the Jaredite time period (1200 BC–600 BC), the land southward was preserved as a wilderness to get game. The land southward is synonymous with the greater land Bountiful. On this tour you will better understand cities made of cement and a land of large bodies of water. The hill Cumorah, the waters of Ripliancum, the narrow neck of land, the land among many waters, and the city Bountiful will all come to life.


You will visit four LDS temples, eighteen archaeological sites and museums, and nineteen locations associated with the Book of Mormon. Call today to book your space on this once-in-a-lifetime Book of Mormon experience. Call us at 801.226.5200 or email us at BookOfMormonTours@gmail.com


TOUR INCLUDES: fourteen nights in deluxe or best available 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 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.



Day 1: Saturday, November 5, 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, November 6, 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, November 7, 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 will return to Mexico City in the afternoon. (Breakfast, Lunch)


Day 4: Tuesday, November 8, Puebla

After checking out of our hotel, we will visit the Shrine of Guadalupe where we will learn about the origin of the Catholic Church in Mexico. We then continue our 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, November 9, 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, November 10, 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, November 11, 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, November 12, Veracruz

We depart Oaxaca and travel to the beautiful Gulf coast city of Veracruz.  As we arrive, we will have the opportunity to see the LDS temple here and spend the night in our beach hotel. (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 9: Sunday, November 13, Catemaco

Today is a highlight of the tour.  After attending Church, we will check out of our hotel and travel through the area of the waters of Ripliancum (Ether 15:8), a place that has the same meaning in the Aztec (Nahuatl) language, “exceeding large waters.”  We will then visit the hill where leading Latter-day Saint scholars are in agreement as to the location of the hill Ramah/Cumorah mentioned in the Book of Mormon (Mormon 6:2,6; Ether 15:11).  We will drive into the lake-side town of Catemaco for the evening. (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 10: Monday, November 14, Villahermosa

Today we bus along Mexico’s “golden lane” passing by both the “place where the sea divides the land” (Gulf of Mexico), and the “narrow neck of land” (Isthmus of Tehuantepec). (See Ether 10:20.)  As we leave beautiful Lake Catemaco we will pass by the hill Shim (Cintepec) where Mormon obtained the records for his history (See Mormon 1:3, 17).  A visit to the site of La Venta, a place we refer to as the city of “Lib”, will continue our study of the magnificent Olmec culture.  (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 11: Tuesday, November 15, Palenque

We start our day with a visit to the Villahermosa LDS Temple followed by the outdoor La Venta Museum, a place that houses large engraved stone monuments dating to the Jaredite time period.  We will then bus on to the beautiful Chiapas mountains which are located in the area of the “land among many waters” described in Mosiah 8:8. Although only four percent of the population of the country of Mexico live in the State of Chiapas, over 40% of the wild animals live in the Tehuantepec, Chiapas and Lacondone mountains. This is reminiscent of the statement in Ether wherein it states that the “land southward was preserved for a wilderness to get game” (Ether 10:21). We will visit the majestic Classic period Maya ruins of Palenque. We will analyze the panel of glyphs at the Temple of the Cross where we see the glyph that has been translated to mean and it came to pass. Dinner will be provided at the hotel.  (Breakfast, Dinner)

Day 12: Wednesday, November 16, Kohunlich

Today we make our way through the area proposed as the land among many waters.  We will pass by the Usumacinta River, commonly mistaken as the river Sidon in the Book of Mormon.  We will visit the ancient fortified city of Becan, which is remarkably similar to those constructed by Captain Moroni in the East Wilderness of the Book of Mormon, which constructions have been labeled by a leading archaeologist as “the brainchild of some local innovator.”  Tonight, we stay at the beautiful jungle resort of the Explorean at Kohunlich, a favorite of everyone.  (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 13: Thursday, November 17, Chetumal

Wake up to nature at its best in this peaceful jungle setting.  The misty dew on the grass, the sounds of the birds in the tress and the serenity of the eco-resort setting makes this a day to remember forever. This morning we will visit the archaeological zone of Dzibanche, a fertile region where evidence suggests the city Bountiful may have been located where the Savior visited the Nephites.  Dzibanche, meaning “writing on wood,” owes its name to the fact that Temple number VI had a fairly large lintel made from quebracho wood that bears eight glyphs dated to AD 618.  Dzibanche was a major site in the Maya area in the Classic Period (AD 300-900). Afterwards we will go to the archaeological site of Kohunlich, which is best known for its Temple of the Masks, an Early Classic pyramid whose central stairway is flanked by large stucco masks. The temple was built around AD 500.  The giant masks represent the Sun God "Kinich Ahau".  The city rose to prominence in the Early Classic when there were important ties to the cultures of northern Belize.  We travel to Chetumal for the night.  (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 14: Friday, November 18, Playa del Carmen

We travel today to the ruins of Tulum located on the shores of the turquoise blue waters of the Caribbean sea. These Maya post-Classic (A.D. 1200- 1600) ruins were still under occupation when the Spaniards arrived in Mexico in the 16th century.  This relatively small city did not exist during the Book of Mormon time period but represents the continuation of building programs long after the demise of the Nephite society at A.D. 400.  The above does not imply that there were not small settlements around the area during the middle to late Classic time period (A.D. 400 - 800), it simply means that the majority of the buildings were built at a much later time period.  (Breakfast, Dinner)


Day 15: Saturday, November 19, 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)


Please let us know if you would like to extend and stay extra time on the Mexican Riviera.


Fourteen 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


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.




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Richfield, UT 84701

Telephone: 801.226.5200




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