Category Archives: Location

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 explains how and 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.

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

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

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

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

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