10 Obscure Maya Ruins to visit in 2012

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The Maya people are renowned for the accuracy of their calendar and their knowledge of the solar system. And of course, they’re known for the infamous date of December 21st, 2012, the day their calendar ends. What does this mean? Is it the prophesized end of the world? Or is it a solar event? No […]

Exploring the Mayan Ruins of Cobá

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Cobá is less than two hours from Playa del Carmen, and is different from the other major Maya sites in the Yucatán for three reasons. One, it is not as fully excavated as sites like Chichén Itzá  and Tulum, and excavation is still in progress on parts of the site. Two, it is located near […]

Tulum: Maya Heaven

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The Mayan ruins of Tulum are located about an hour from Playa del Carmen, and have undoubtedly one of the most breathtaking settings of any Mayan site. In fact, it is the only significant Mayan ruin that lies on the coast, perched high on a cliff overlooking the Caribbean Sea. It wasn’t until the late […]

Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá, El Castillo

My Mundo Maya excursion in the Yucatán began at the pre-Hispanic world’s most celebrated archaeological site, Chichén Itzá. Possibly one of the most complex Maya sites, it was originally built by the Maya and later conquered by Itzás and Toltecs, and ultimately defeated by princes of Mayapán. Having seen so many photos of the site […]

The Mundo Maya: Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico

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When certain people heard I was headed to Mexico recently, their responses were a mix of “awesome” and “be careful,” along with questions like “where” and “are you sure it’s safe?” To answer them all, I replied, “yes it is awesome, yes I will be careful, the Mayan Riviera, and yes, it’s safe.” Here’s the […]

Riviera Maya, Mexico

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Riviera Maya Mexico is a top destination for millions of people and now I understand why. The climate, the jungle, the beach, the ancient ruins, and the culture of the Mayans make this a must- take vacation. I went for a slightly unusual reason – to experience the Mexican holiday which commemorates the dead! Celebrating […]