Published On: Wed, Dec 6th, 2017

Dive into Mayan culture beyond the Cancun coast (Chicago Tribune)

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For millennia, the Yucatan Peninsula in southeastern Mexico has been home to the Maya, indigenous people who built magnificent cities centuries before Columbus.

Cancun, on the coast, draws the tourists — about 5 million last year. But the interior of the peninsula offers richer opportunities for going deeper and experiencing more about the life — ancient and modern — of the Maya, who still live in Yucatan, speak the language of their pre-Columbian ancestors and maintain many of the old ways.

Tulum and Chichen Itza are probably the peninsula’s best-known archaeological sites. Both are easy rides from coastal resorts, and both are spectacular. Still, there are many smaller, less well-known sites that, although lacking the renown of their bigger brethren, are more intimate and human-scaled.

Mayapan archaeological site (Photo: Gobierno del Estado de Yucatán)

Click here for full article by David Hammond on the Chicago Tribune

Source: Chicago Tribune

 

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