Tag archives for Maya

Cancun may get more attention, especially during Spring Break season, but its sister city to the south, Playa del Carmen, is the real gem of the Riviera Maya.

Journalist Joshua Berman’s firsthand account of any thinking traveler’s dream: sleeping under the stars on top of a Maya temple in the middle of one of Central America’s largest tropical forests on the last day of the Long Count calendar.

Port of Call: Belize City

Chances are, the world won’t end in December, and neither will the interest in the Maya’s culture. Belize boasts one of the greatest concentrations of excavated Maya sites of any Central American country, so cruise passengers who tender into Belize City have their pick of ruins to explore (in addition to fabulous wildlife, natural wonderlands, and tasty local treats).

When most people think of the Maya, their minds jump immediately to Mexico, but this ancient civilization exerted profound influence throughout Central America. Let Fabio Amador, a Salvadoran expert in Mesoamerican archaeology for National Geographic, take you on the ultimate cultural journey through the Maya of Central America — from places that were inhabited more than 10,000 years ago to modern towns that celebrate their ancient heritage in unexpected ways.

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Tabasco in the Age of Maya

It may be the end of one calendar era, but the people are still hungry. Tabasco has served as a crossroads for cultures and cuisine ever since the Olmec civilization advanced astronomy, calendar keeping, and other scientific activities that paved the way for the Maya reign. (Photograph by Monica Muller, Flickr)

Our Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans, is on a journey to explore the most significant sites of the ancient Maya in Mexico — and finding (mis)adventures along the way. Read about how Andrew broke into a museum in Camalcalco, cracked the code of the “Maya doomsday prophecy” (it’s shorter than you’d think), and visited the place…

Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is crowded with natural wonders, and on Tobias Nowlan‘s recent visit, he was able to experience several of them with the help of local guides. Below, he offers a quick selection of some of the region’s more unusual adventures. @font-face { font-family: “Cambria”; }p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal { margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; font-size:…