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
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
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
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
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
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
Izamal is one of 35 locations in Mexico, who received the title of a “Magic City” by the Secretary of Tourism in Mexico. These are mainly unknown towns, but also San Cristobal de las Casas in Chiapas is one of them. The small town of Izamal has 17000 inhabitants. It was built in colonial style … Continue reading Izamal – Magic City in Yellow Colors