Maya Country

 
 

After experiencing Peru:  Land of the Ancient Incas last June, our curiosity of the Mayas piqued.  Along with Machu Picchu, Chichen Itza became one of the new ancient wonders of the world so we had to go there.  We took an 8-day trip to Yucatan with Betchart  Expeditions from 9-17 February.  We flew to Merida, the capital of the Yucatan, where we met our small group and guide, Dr. Bruce Love.  Bruce is an anthropologist who has been studying the Maya culture since 1977.  He has published on Maya archaeology and cultural anthropology, hieroglyphic writings, as well as the modern Maya culture.  We were very fortunate to have him as our guide. 


The Maya civilization developed out of the fertile culture created by the Olmecs, the people that spread across the Mexican highlands and along the Pacific coast as far as Guatemala during the 1st millennium BC.  The Maya civilization reached its peak during the Classical Period between 250-950 AD.  They controlled a huge area of Mesoamerica which covered what today is Guatemala and Belize and part of Honduras and El Salvador plus the Mexican regions of Chiapas and Tabasco and, of course, Yucatan and Quintana Roo.  Some of the distinctive characteristics of this highly developed Maya civilization are their immense stone cities, an accurate calendar, astronomic observatories, irrigated agriculture, and a highly accurate written language based on detailed hieroglyphs. 


Come along and explore it with us by clicking first on “Merida, Dzibilchaltun & Chicxulub” at the top of this page. Six other locations follow.  We hope you enjoy.


Mary Anne and Joe

 

Yucatan:  Land of the Ancient Maya

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