The pyramids

 

A visit to the Maya ruins is not complete without a tour of the largest pyramid in Ciudad del Mundo, also known as the Pyramid of the Magician. This enormous structure stands 113 feet (34 m) tall and reaches up into the clouds at an astounding 45 degrees. It is surrounded by countless tourists waiting in line to get their photos taken there.

However, despite the huge crowds and long waits, this isn’t some cheesy theme park type destination — you feel like you are being allowed to explore a sacred place. Many people even bring their kids here to learn about the ancient civilization that once stood strong in these parts.

There have been reports of poor behavior such as drinking and smoking from those who visited years ago. I would be willing to bet that most visitors wouldn’t consider it, but it could hurt your experience if you come across as being disrespectful to the culture or the environment.

The locals still work hard to protect and preserve what belongs to them, which is only fair since they were first inhabitants of the area.

The fallen kingdom

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The Maya were known for their advanced calendar watching systems and ancient mythology, but what many people don’t know is that they were also highly innovative industrial civilizations. For thousands of years, they produced vast quantities of beautiful stone sculptures and hieroglyphics as well as sophisticated paper works and accounting schemes. These are all characteristics commonly associated with modern civilization.

It was through this process that they developed lots of valuable properties in my opinion, such as palm oil, cacao, and several medicines including cancer treatments and antibiotics. Cocoa hardens when roasted making it very versatile food!

By keeping its inhabitants too busy to build empires or conquer other kingdoms, Maya civilization flourished only by feeding itself and maintaining internal peace. It was not until the arrival of Spanish Christians in the early 16th century that the Maya began to flee their dwindling cities and villages. Stations have been set up along public roads leading into the forest to guide travelers escaping the spread of western disease and infection.

Numerous studies show that frequent exposure to classical music programs can help children develop higher level reasoning skills and appreciate different styles of musical expression. This has helped numerous communities worldwide embrace the “listening model” of education which emphasizes enjoyment of music as a way to improve cognition and coordination.

These concepts have become so engrained in our culture that we no longer recognize them as innovative inventions, instead attributing them to ancient cultures.

The lost cities

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Archaeologists used to think that most of the evidence for ancient Maya civilization was buried under later ages, but that’s changing.

In 2013, after years of digging by volunteers with local group Grupo Cazadores de Palenque (PCP), excavators discovered an amazing hidden city called La Rotunda en El Narbona, or “The Round City in El Narbonne” located next to the ocean in San Salvador del Galeo, Spain. And it's just the beginning! In 2014 and 2015, excavations continued into adjacent areas discovering more buildings and features, bringing researchers new clues about the layout and organization of the city.

Combined, the discoveries made so far represent the remains of at least one urban center stretching over 45 acres, built near the coast and covering 12 square miles. This makes Tikal much larger than Rome is when measured by area filled with architecture.

Also found were large amounts of stone tools showing signs of having been used in tool making. It appears these people were farmers who grew crops such as maize and probably also beans. Another surprising find was the number of scrapes and cuts on door frames, which suggests there were many burials associated with this culture.

These are all indications of careful planning and execution during the construction of this site. There’s no evidence of war here, only peace.

The jungle gyms

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When I was in Guatemala, my friends and I would go to many ruins sites. We would run through the rain, had fun, and made mistakes.

One of the most exciting but also dangerous things we did while exploring is climb up trees to put new swings and platforms in the jungle gym area. This way, people can have more fun without getting sick.

But there are ways you can enjoy the wild beauty of these ancient cities without putting yourself in danger. For instance, you can learn how to swim or take water tours where visitors can explore the surrounding areas by boat. You can also try hiking somewhere near Cuzco.

The ancient roads

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Several international groups have spent years conducting surveys, making soil borings, and studying satellite imagery of possible roadways in the rainforest region where the ruins are located.

They have concluded that there were many routes developed long with early settlers about 2,500 to 3,000 years ago.

There is also evidence that some trails were built later for military purposes.

In addition to this information, we know that the Maya used a calendar system with only short intervals between cycles (years) until around 250 BC.

This suggests that they may have started their annual counting routines at random times, which would make them difficult to coordinate with other people’s schedules.

The most reasonable suggestion is that someone decided upon a schedule and kept track of time.

The lost city of pyramids

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For years, people have been intrigued by reports of an ancient city deep in the heart of the rainforest in Central America. This is what has made many wonder whether there might be more to learn from the Maya than just history.

Many studies claim that they were one of the most advanced cultures of their time. They built highways, large cities, and maintained detailed records about birth, death, and political events.

Some even say that they calculated prophecies discovered through astronomy. It is believed that around the year AD 1000, the Maya realized that this long cycle of predictions was coming to an end and that someone would come who could undo all that they had created.

According to Dr. Charles Littlefield, author of "The Rise and Fall of the Maya Empire", they must have felt that the world was ending when it actually wasn't. As such, he says, they prepared messages for future generations to explain how to restore balance to the universe.

These predictions went unheeded, however, and no one knew what to do. Since they didn't understand money or metals like hieroglyphics or ceramics, none of the writings found any followers. By then, the jungle had grown very thick and trees covered almost everything. Archaeologists believe that the inhabitants moved out of the area, leaving little evidence behind.

Today, only tiny fragments remain of these impressive structures. With every year that passes, discovery goes beyond initial estimates. Nowadays

The great Maya peace

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The Maya people were known for their beautiful architecture, artistry and skill in calculation. They built many large cities that remained standing for years before falling into ruins.

What really separated these city-states from other Mesoamerican peoples was its writing system. The Maya used a numerical system with counting rods to record time. This allowed them to predict events such as rainy seasons and harvest times accurately.

How did they do it? Simple. You’ve probably got your own number now or you’ve got friends who do! Count anything: from apples to oranges to full moons. A tally mark is what we call any symbol—any picture really —that can serve as a count marker.

Put two or more of those together and you get a date. Add a year and you get something very close to our age today – which is how the Maya calculated all sorts of things.

For example, if this day here equals one month then every second month she will have an entire moon. Combine that with the long lunar cycle they must have had and you get some staggering numbers I just don’t understand. Perhaps someone else can take that sequence and shuffle it around to come up with an answer…

The source of the river

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Despite more than 100 years having passed since the time when they were last visited, the Maya ruins at Coba still draw thousands of tourists from all over the world every year.

However, there is much more to see at these remarkable sites. While I was reporting in Chiapas back in 1995, I made it a habit to visit the various archaeological zones and even toured some of them with local experts or government officials.

What I learned about the cultures whose remains are contained within these impressive buildings drew me closer to what I refer to as “the true Mexico”. Here you will find beautiful scenery, profound ancient traditions, and many opportunities to connect with the people who live here.

In addition to this, Chiapas has a variety of natural amenities including gorgeous beaches, forests, and plateaus. You can also go hiking, take horseback rides, or just explore the area by car.

If you prefer, you can also do intensive Spanish study (all levels), English translation services, film production, mineral/bird-watching tours, surfing lessons, and other worthwhile experiences.

The birth of a civilization

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Archaeologists use tools to excavate ancient sites, find evidence about the past. When they’re able to date something using markers found in the site, that information is used by scientists to help them understand how ancient cultures developed.

Archaeological discoveries are helping us better understand how our own culture evolved. Evidence exists that points towards many different civilizations developing at roughly the same time here around 10,000 BC.

By comparison, the earliest written records we have for most countries seem to be older than those for their historic religions. We know more about early Christianity because it was recorded in writing.

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