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 the … Continue reading Yaxhá – Pyramids, Temples, a Lake and the Jungle

Ek Balam – The Black Jaguar – Riviera Maya

Ek Balam in the Mayan language means “Black Jaguar”. It was a city of the ancient Maya in the Mexican state Yucatán 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 … Continue reading Ek Balam – The Black Jaguar – Riviera Maya

Palenque – Misty and Mystic

High temperatures and humidity will accompany you when you go for a visit to 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

The Maya Calendar – Part 7 – The Date in the Maya Inscriptions

This post “The Maya Calendar” is an excerpt of the 2nd edition of my book “The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”, a travel guide to the most important Maya sites on the Yucatán peninsula – in México and Guatemala. The 2nd edition will be published as print and ebook in spring … Continue reading The Maya Calendar – Part 7 – The Date in the Maya Inscriptions

The Maya Calendar – Part 6 – Numbers and Mathematics of the Maya – the Vigesimal System

This post “The Maya Calendar” is an excerpt of the 2nd edition of my book “The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”, a travel guide to the most important Maya sites on the Yucatán peninsula – in México and Guatemala. The 2nd edition will be published as print and ebook in spring … Continue reading The Maya Calendar – Part 6 – Numbers and Mathematics of the Maya – the Vigesimal System

The Maya Calendar – Part 5 – The Long Count in the Maya Inscriptions

This post “The Maya Calendar” is an excerpt of the 2nd edition of my book “The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”, a travel guide to the most important Maya sites on the Yucatán peninsula – in México and Guatemala. The 2nd edition will be published as print and ebook in spring … Continue reading The Maya Calendar – Part 5 – The Long Count in the Maya Inscriptions

The Maya Calendar – Part 4 – The Calendar Round

This post “The Maya Calendar” is an excerpt of the 2nd edition of my book “The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”, a travel guide to the most important Maya sites on the Yucatán peninsula – in México and Guatemala. The 2nd edition will be published as print and ebook in spring … Continue reading The Maya Calendar – Part 4 – The Calendar Round

The Maya Calendar – Part 3 -Tzolkin, the Sacred Calendar

This post “The Maya Calendar” is an excerpt of the second edition of my book “The Maya Sites – Hidden Treasures of the Rain Forest”, a travel guide to the most important Maya sites on the Yucatán peninsula – in México and Guatemala. The second edition will be published as print and ebook in spring … Continue reading The Maya Calendar – Part 3 -Tzolkin, the Sacred Calendar