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.

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

La Venta Museum Park – Olmecs

This article is about the La Venta Museum Park in Villahermosa. La Venta was one of the main ceremonial centers of the Olmecs who are believed to be the ancestors of the Mayan culture. La Venta itself was located on an Island in a swampy area beside the river Tonalá near the Golf of Mexico. Due to the construction of an … Continue reading La Venta Museum Park – Olmecs

Yaxchilan – Riverside of the Rio Usumacinta

Yaxchilan is a Maya site in Chiapas in the south of Mexico, located directly at the south bank of the Rio Usumacinta, that is todays natural frontier  between Guatemala and Mexico. The known history shows that Yaxchilan was settled from 359 AC  to ~800 AC. A range from the pre-classic to the classic period. There have been … Continue reading Yaxchilan – Riverside of the Rio Usumacinta

El Mirador – Pyramids hidden in the Jungle – Guatemala Adventure

The highest pyramids and the largest Maya town ever detected, El Mirador in Guatemala is not only a site full of superlatives. It is the most adventurous travel destination for people interested in the ancient culture of the Mayas. El Mirador – A Real  Treasure Hidden in the Rain Forest No street, just mule trails across … Continue reading El Mirador – Pyramids hidden in the Jungle – Guatemala Adventure