Maya Civilization


Stone of the Sun (Aztec Calendar Stone) at the National Museum of Anthropology, Mexico City

Mexico’s Cultural Treasures

MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Mexico City’s impressive National Museum of Anthropology showcases the region’s endlessly rich and diverse pre-Columbian cultural heritage.

Students at Mayan Ruins of Coba

Coba’s Mayan Ruins on the Maya Riviera

COBA, Mexico – You’d never know it today, but Coba, on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, was once an important and powerful Mayan city. But it has long been in ruins.

Tikal Mayan Ruins and Morning Mist

The Mighty Maya City of Tikal

TIKA, Guatemala —Tikal, in northern Guatemala, was once one the largest and most powerful of the Maya cities. Today it has been most taken over by jungle.

Flores Guatemala Boys Fishing From Canoe on Lake

A Caribbean Island 100 Miles from the Sea

FLORES, Gutemala — I’m on a real Caribbean island. But it’s 100 miles from the sea. Flores is a tiny island village in Guatemala’s Lake Peten Itza. It makes for a convenient jumping off point for visiting the nearby Maya ruins of Tikal.

Photo of Tulum Beach at Mayan Ruins on Mexico's Mayan Riviera

Tulum, The Original Maya Riviera

TULUM, Mexico — There are many Maya civilization sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, but none has a more beautiful location than Tulum, not far from Cancun.

Ek' Balam Tomb of Ukit Kan Le'k Tok'

Ek’ Balam, Maya City of the Jaguar

EK’BALAM, Mexico – It might not be for the vertigo-challenged, but getting to the top of the Acropolis at Ek’ Balam is definitely worth the effort. It is, quite literally, a view fit for a king.

Valladolid's Cathedral of San Gervasio and Main Square at night

A Colonial Town in the Heart of Maya Yucatan

VALLADOLID, Mexico — Valladolid is a place to stop and savor. A charming Spanish colonial town in the center of the Yucatán Peninsula, it’s within easy striking distance of Cancun and Merida.

El Castillo at Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza’s Maya Ruins

CHICHEN ITZA, Mexico – Chichen Itza is one of the most famous, most impressive, and most visited of the Mayan ruins sites on Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.