Route of the Maya

Map

Map

More than 3,000 years ago the sophisticated Maya culture emerged from the humid rain forests, flourished for centuries, and then vanished. In that time, the they created a complex writing system, devised a calendar equivalent to our own, introduced the concept of zero in mathematics, predicted lunar and solar eclipses, and built the tallest structures in the Western Hemisphere—all while Paris was just a sleepy village.
— OAT

San Salvador

Street Market
Street Market

In San Salvador we visited Boquerón Park, which is situated atop one of the peaks of San Salvador Volcano. We had a good view into the caldera and surrounding areas.

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Joya de Cerén

Hearth Stones
Hearth Stones

Joya de Cerén was discovered by accident in 1976 by a bulldozer driver leveling ground for a government agricultural project.

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Copán

Temple 2
Temple 2

Copán, Honduras, was the capital city of a major Classic period Maya kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD.

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Guatemala City

Civic Center
Civic Center

Guatemala City is the capital and largest city of Guatemala, and the most populous in Central America.

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Panajachel

Lake Atitlán
Lake Atitlán

Panajachel is situated on the northeast shore of Lake Atitlán which might be considered the cradle of Maya theology.

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Antigua Guatemala

Inglesia Merced
Inglesia Merced

Antigua Guatemala is famous for its well-preserved Spanish Baroque-influenced architecture as well as a number of ruins of colonial churches. It sits just to the north and east of three volcanos that dominate the skyline.

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Tikal

Twin Pyramid
Twin Pyramid

Tikal is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

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Yaxhá

North Acropolis
North Acropolis

Yaxhá was a ceremonial center and city of pre-Columbian Maya civilization.

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Lamanai

Mask Temple
Mask Temple

Lamanai was once a major city of the Maya civilization, located in the north of Belize.

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