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Pyramid of CobaA very brief history of the Maya

If you are really interested in the Maya, buy The Route of the Mayas, published by Alfred A. Knopf Inc. It has maps of the ruins and details about the lives of ancient Maya. The museums in Merida and Chetumal are also wonderful resources for learning about the Maya.

You can learn some Mayan online and read about individual Mayan ruin sites: Tulum, Coba, Chichen Itza, Xel Ha, and Xcaret.

Visit the Maya Ecotourism page for information from a different perspective and details about Mayan ruins in and near Quintana Roo.

maya mayan indiansThere are hundreds of Mayan ruins in the Yucatan, most of them very small. There aren't any natural hills in the Eastern Yucatan, so most high points are Mayan ruins overgrown with trees and vines. The major sites to visit South of Cancun are Coba, Tulum and Chichen Itza.

Chichen Itza is very well restored, but deserves an overnight trip to do it justice. A visit to the colonial town of Valladolid is worthwhile on your trip to Chichen Itza. There are detailed pages about the Maya online; Mundo Maya is a good place to start.

Incidents of Travel in Yucatan
First published in 1843, a travelogue from one of the first tourists to the Yucatan.

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