The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest – Getting Around – Short Guide

With “The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”, I just published the English edition of my travel guide “Die Ruinenstädte der Maya”. Are you looking for the perfect travel guide to the Maya sites in Mexico and Guatemala? You found it! The Maya Sites Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest This book … Continue reading The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest – Getting Around – Short Guide

Getting around Chiapas – Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan

The Exotic Route – Gulf Coast and Chiapas I call this second part of the travel “the exotic route” because from here on we are leaving the main tourist areas. Except of Edzna, our first destination, all sites belong to the pre-classic area of the ancient Maya civilization. The age of the buildings that you … Continue reading Getting around Chiapas – Palenque, Bonampak, Yaxchilan

Mayapan – last big town of the ancient Maya in Yucatan

Mayapan is a historic site of the Maya in the northwest of the Yucatan Peninsula. It is considered to be the last big Mayan town in the history of ancient Mayan civilization. Mayapan was actually the capital of the Maya in Yucatan for a period of about 200 years. The ruins are located about 40 … Continue reading Mayapan – last big town of the ancient Maya in Yucatan

Yaxhá – Pyramids, Temples, a Lake and the Jungle

Yaxha in mayan language means blue-green water. It is the Name of an ancient city of the Maya civilization in the low-lands of Guatemala. The site is located in the Guatemalan state Petén. It is just few miles from the border to Belize. The name is spoken like Yash-Ha. The ancient town was build near the Lake Yaxha. It is surrounded by a … Continue reading Yaxhá – Pyramids, Temples, a Lake and the Jungle

Ek Balam – The Black Jaguar – Riviera Maya

Ek Balam in Mayan language means “Black Jaguar”. It was a city of the ancient Mayas in the Mexican state Yucatan around 30 km north of Valladolid and 150 km west of Cancun. In 1997 the excavation was started. According to legends that were recorded by the Spanish government during the 16th century after the … Continue reading Ek Balam – The Black Jaguar – Riviera Maya

Cozumel – Pilgrimage to Ixchel – San Gervasio

Ixchel was the goddess of fertility of the ancient Mayas. She was associated with several different attributes like the moon, water, child birth or the rain bow. She was one of several Jaguar Gods to which the ancient Mayas did worship to. An image of the Dresden Codex shows an old woman with claws instead … Continue reading Cozumel – Pilgrimage to Ixchel – San Gervasio

Edzna – Campeche – Pyramid with Living-Rooms

Have you ever visited the ruins of Edzna in Campeche ? Not many people find their way to this amazing city of the ancient Mayas. Edzna – The House of the Itza in Campeche The city is located 1 hour by car from Campeche, the capital of the state of Campeche and around 3 hours from Merida. … Continue reading Edzna – Campeche – Pyramid with Living-Rooms

Tonina – House of the Big Stones – Chiapas – Mexico

From a distance, Tonina seems to be one of highest Maya pyramids you have ever seen. The huge building rises up to a height of 71 m (233ft) above the place in front of it. Several remains of temple buildings are located on the seven levels that create it’s basic structure. In fact, it is … Continue reading Tonina – House of the Big Stones – Chiapas – Mexico

Chichen Itza – Yucatan – Mexico – Most Famous Maya Pyramid

Chichen Itza is the most famous archaeological site with old Maya temples and pyramids in Mexico.  It is a very popular travel destination for tourists who spend their vacation time at the Riviera Maya due its amazing buildings, temples and pyramids. Chichen Itza can be reached within  3 hours by car or bus from Cancun. … Continue reading Chichen Itza – Yucatan – Mexico – Most Famous Maya Pyramid

Palenque – Misty and Mystic

High temperatures and humidity will accompany you when you go for a visit of the ancient Maya town Palenque. The ruins of this town were  covered by jungle for more than 1000 years. When the archaeologist Stephens visited Palenque in 1841 he had to cut a path through the jungle. Today it’s quite simple to get there. The city … Continue reading Palenque – Misty and Mystic

* historical and archaeological travel destinations