Maya World
Maya World
Maya World
Maya World
Maya World
  • For thousands of years the Maya Civilization has awakened curiosities, enigmas and mysteries. The legends originated over has led to a growing number of scientists, archaeologists and visitors coming to Central America to discover and learn the true history of one of the most brilliant civilizations in all history.

The Maya trail through Guatemala, Belice & Honduras:

The journey begins in Guatemala City where you take a flight on Taca Airlines or a motor coach to Flores.

 

From Flores travel, discover and enjoy the mysterious history of the Maya civilization with its archaeological sites at  Tikal, world famous for its more than 3,000 buildings. Arise at dawn for the incredible experience of witnessing the jungle as it awakens from the cusp of the pyramid.  

 

Your next stop has a much more intimate flavour. Visit the archaeological site of Yaxhá, which has more than 500 structures and is situated in an enviable setting that can be seen from temple 2016, from where the panorama includes lagoons, the jungle, the pyramids and all of the fauna and flora that surround you.

 

El Ceibal, located just 20 km. from Sayaxhé, will be your next archaeological park, recognized as a ceremonial centre of first order and known as “the Maya art gallery”, thanks to its numerous well conserved steles.  

 

If you are an adventurer, you can visit the most recently discovered archaeological site: El Mirador. This is a true jewel, comprising around 4000 pyramids, of which 3,500 are in the process of being explored to discover the unknown treasures from the splendour of the Maya civilization. This luxurious journey requires a three-day trek through the rainforest from the village of Carmelita (ALWAYS WITH A GUIDE) or a short helicopter ride.

 

Continue your trip to Belize by plane or motor coach.

 

In Belize, the first stop is Lamanai, an archaeological site that suffered the longest occupation and is renown for the mixture of remains that include those of Christian Missionaries from the XVI Century.

 

Follow the trail to Xunantunich, an enchanted place where you can “breathe” the air that the Maya breathed, see the lifestyle first-hand, etc. The structure of El Castillo will thrill you with its history written in stone, its friezes.

 

The trip continues toward the south, where Caracol awaits you with its five structures and its astronomical observatory. From there, head toward Punta Gorda, take a ferry to Puerto Barrios (Guatemala) and glide down Río Dulce from the town of Livingston, (where you can see the garífuna and follow their dances), the Castle of San Felipe (a Spanish fortress from the XVII Century) and an extensive variety of flora and fauna such as crocodiles, alligators, water foul, manatees and even sweet water sharks, to Lake Izabal.

 

There are now only two Maya sites to visit for now:

 

Quiriguá, for its large number of steles and zoomorphism that relate some of the customs of its inhabitants, the lives of their leaders and their battles with neighbouring cities, especially against the bordering city of Copán.

 

So the last stop is the must-see, Copán archaeological park (Honduras), from where, and the reason for which the population praised them. The ancient inhabitants of Copán held astronomy as having such importance, that they went so far as to develop a monarchic model based on the predictions, with which they managed to guarantee cosmic order and thereby control the population.

 

The Maya trail through el Salvador & Guatemala

The adventure commences in the smallest country of the Americas. El Salvador boasts several Maya archaeological sites, so you may visit some of them before arriving at the zone of  Petén, in Guatemala.

 

Begin with the archaeological site of San Andrés, which constituted a regional ruling centre, both ceremonial and administrative, between the years 600 and 900 AD.

 

Nearby you will find the Tazumal archaeological park, a must for history and archaeology lovers since it contains both Maya and Olmec remains.

 

Before continuing on to Joyas del Cerén, take advantage of being very close to the Pacific coast to go surfing on the world-renowned beaches of la Libertad.

The Central American Pompey, a village that was buried by ash after the eruption of the Laguna Caldera Volcano in the year  600 AD. This eruption caught the local Maya “in fraganti” causing the inhabitants to escape running and leaving all of their belongings behind. Now we are able to appreciate the daily life of a Meso-American pueblo of some 1,400 years ago.

 

Return to San Salvador to take the flight to Flores, Guatemala.

 

 

From Flores travel, discover and enjoy the mysterious history of the Maya civilization with its archaeological sites at  Tikal, world famous for its more than 3,000 buildings. Arise at dawn for the incredible experience of witnessing the jungle as it awakens from the cusp of the pyramid.

 

Your next stop has a much more intimate flavour. Visit the archaeological site of Yaxhá, which has more than 500 structures and is situated in an enviable setting that can be seen from temple 2016, from where the panorama includes lagoons, the jungle, the pyramids and all of the fauna and flora that surround you.

 

El Ceibal, located just 20 km. from Sayaxhé, will be your next archaeological park, recognized as a ceremonial centre of first order and known as “the Maya art gallery”, thanks to its numerous well conserved steles.  

 

If you are an adventurer, you can visit the most recently discovered archaeological site: El Mirador. This is a true jewel, comprising around 4000 pyramids, of which 3,500 are in the process of being explored to discover the unknown treasures from the splendour of the Maya civilization. This luxurious journey requires a three-day trek through the rainforest from the village of Carmelita (ALWAYS WITH A GUIDE) or a short helicopter ride.

 

 

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