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.
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
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
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
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
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