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McCombs Adventure Program

McCombs Adventure Program (MAP) is an optional pre-orientation adventure for incoming Texas MBA students. MAP provides an amazing opportunity for new first-year students to connect with future classmates, relax and enjoy a great vacation before diving into the hectic life of a full-time student, and spend time with some seasoned Texas MBA veterans who'll be leading the trip.

2014 MAP Trip Locations

Ecuador MAP Trip

  • McCombs Adventure Program Ecuador 2011Date: July 26 - August 3, 2014
  • Price Range: $3,495 - $3,570 

Students will spend two nights in Quito, two nights in Papallacta, and three nights in Coca. Activities include a horseback excursion into the Cotopaxi National Park, a visit to Papallacta's hot springs and mud baths, a river cruise, nighttime rainforest walk, coffee and chocolate making classes, and more.

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Nicaragua MAP Trip

  • Date: July 26 - August 2, 2014
  • Price Range: $2,440 - $2,660

Students will spend two nights in Leon, one night in Ometepe, three nights in San Juan del Sur, and one night in Granada. Activities include a guided hiking tour to the summit of the Cerro Negro Volcano, horseback riding, a zip-line tour of the Mombacho Volcano, a private boat tour of Las Isletas Archipelago, free time on the beach, and more.

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Austin Area MAP Trips

Not sure you can commit to an entire week of international travel? Then take this opportunity to explore around your new town! Both of these trips are one day only and they leave from The University of Texas at Austin campus. Register for one or both and feel free to register your spouse or significant other as well.

Fredericksburg - Wine Tasting

  • Date: July 30, 2014
  • Price Range: $140

Nothing like a little road trip to the Hill Country! You'll visit the Woodrose, Becker, and Grape Creek wineries to sample the area’s unique Texas wines and lunch as well as some shopping in historic downtown Fredericksburg. The trip includes round-trip transportation from Austin.

New Braunfels - Tubing

  • Date: July 31, 2014
  • Price Range: $125

You'll spend the day floating down the Guadalupe River – it doesn’t get much more laid back than this! The trip includes lunch, equipment rental, guide and round-trip transportation from Austin. Participants must be able to swim.

Lockhart - BBQ and Brewery

  • Date: August 1, 2014
  • Price Range: $150

Austin’s barbecue revolution has its roots in this charming town packed with barbeque tradition. Enjoy lunch at one of Lockhart’s BBQ institutions before making your way back to Austin to witness the thriving microbrew community in a visit two local Austin breweries.

How To Register

In order to register, visit the WorldStrides website and select "Register To Travel" on the right side of the page. On this page, you will need to enter the Trip ID for the specific MAP Trip you wish to register for.


A few spaces are still available for Ecuador. If you have any questions, contact Thomas Ward by email or at 512-471-4143.

2014 MAP Trip IDs

  • *Ecuador: 103786
  • Nicaragua: 103787
  • Austin Area: 104086

* Ecuador is currently on the UT Restricted Regions travel list: No University of Texas at Austin student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a Restricted Region. Any participation in travel to a Restricted Region is strictly voluntary, and the participant assumes full responsibility for all risks associated with this travel.

Page last updated: 6/9/2014