All posts by Christian Schoen

Christian Schoen is a globetrotter, travel writer and author of the very successful travel guide “Die Ruinenstädte der Maya”, published in Germany.
He loves to visit temples, pyramids and any kind of ancient ruins. The SLR in his hand, he can be met on adventurous hiking tours in tropical jungle landscapes – sometimes – or just somewhere in his neighbourhood, the Black Forest Mountains in Germany.

The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest

What I missed in all my travels through the world of the Maya was a book that concisely explained where the interesting Mayan ruins are located, how to get there, a short guide which otherwise was limited to the description of the Maya sites and lacked the overload of restaurant and hotel descriptions.   Because … Continue reading The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest

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

Getting Around Peten – Guatemala – Visit All Famous Maya Ruins

The third and last chapter of this article will guide you deep in the pre-classic period of the Mayan history. We leave Mexico now and cross the border to Guatemala. In the second chapter we watched the Maya sites in Chiapas. The last station was Palenque. And here in Palenque I begin. Flores and the … Continue reading Getting Around Peten – Guatemala – Visit All Famous Maya Ruins

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

  Yaxhá means “blue-green water” in the language of the Maya. This ancient city of the Maya culture can be found in the lowlands of Guatemala in the state of Petén. The border to the neighboring country of Belize is just a few kilometers away.   The city was built in the immediate vicinity of … Continue reading Yaxhá – Pyramids, Temples, a Lake and the Jungle