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.

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

Tikal – Mayan Pyramids and Temple Ruins in the Jungle of Guatemala

Tikal is an ancient Maya town located in the rain forest of the low-land of the department Peten in Guatemala. It was known since the Spanish have conquered the highlands of Guatemala and was never completely forgotten. Cortez passed the area, but did not mention the existence of the town. Various expeditions have been undertaken to … Continue reading Tikal – Mayan Pyramids and Temple Ruins in the Jungle of Guatemala

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

Uxmal – Built by a Magician in one night – Yucatan

 Built by a Magician in one night The early history of Uxmal is nearly unknown. The city is located in the north-western part of the Yucatan peninsula, 60 km south of Merida and can be reached from there by car in less then one hour. The name Uxmal might derive from the Mayan word ox-mal what means “three … Continue reading Uxmal – Built by a Magician in one night – Yucatan

Bonampak – Mayan Temples in the Selva Lacandon – Chiapas, Mexico

Bonampak – Maya Temples in the Selva Lacandon – Amazing Temples and Pyramids Bonampak is a very special travel destination. It is located in the Selva Lacandon, the forest of the Lacandons. It is west of the river Rio Usumacinta and around 30 km from Yaxchilan. All this is located in the lowlands of Chiapas and just beside the border to Guatemala. Famous … Continue reading Bonampak – Mayan Temples in the Selva Lacandon – Chiapas, Mexico

Maulbronn Monastery – Medieval Cistercian Complex in Germany

Legend says monks have been looking for a place for a new monastery . Accompanied by a mule they wandered through the woods . At the place where their mule stopped to drink, they decided to build the monastery and called it Maulbronn (= Fountain of the Mule) .   The Maulbronn Monastery was established … Continue reading Maulbronn Monastery – Medieval Cistercian Complex in Germany

Xaman-Ha – The unknown temple ruins of Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya

I bet that most inhabitants of Playa del Carmen haven’t a clue, that they live in a town, that was inhabited by ancient Mayas during the post-classical era. The amount of tourist who stay in Playa del Carmen during their vacation but never visit the small temple ruins of Xaman-Ha might be nearly 100%. I … Continue reading Xaman-Ha – The unknown temple ruins of Playa del Carmen – Riviera Maya

Yucatan Peninsula and Riviera Maya – Getting Around – Visit All Famous Maya Ruins

Yucatan with it’s eternal sunshine, it’s amazing beaches and the turquoise colored waters of the Caribbean Sea is a very popular travel destination for all kinds of tourists. The traveler can find many different travel accommodations along the Carribean coast line for all budget levels. The settlements vary from (meanwhile) big cities like Cancun or … Continue reading Yucatan Peninsula and Riviera Maya – Getting Around – Visit All Famous Maya Ruins