I love to uncover & rediscover ruins within jungles. Temples, dwellings, fortresses, beheading blocks, mystical spheres.., as long as it is in a jungle and monkeys & wild birds are close by, it's all good. This little passion has led to some fascinating experiences throughout Central America, Mexico and Southeast Asia.
When I heard of a Maya World Specialist Course, how could I say "no"? It was a huge investment of time but the education and knowledge obtained through this course was amazing!
The Mayan Empire encompassed what today is Southern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador. Currently, there are 120 archeological sites to view but THOUSANDS are still kept hidden by dense jungle! We learned about all 8 "Pueblos Magicos" (magic towns), 13 Unesco World Heritage Sites, sites currently being excavated and ruins where you are guaranteed to see no other human beings while you are there. Many of these are not widely known because they involve anywhere from a 2 hour to 7 day hike just to reach them (unless you try to helicopter in). These sites are just as spectacular as the Unesco sites but eerily absent of tourists. It adds a layer of excitement as you feel as though you were the first to stumble upon it since the last Mayan left. El Mirador in Guatemala is a great example of this. It is the largest pyramid in the world! It proudly stands over 108 feet taller than the famous Khufu pyramid in Egypt. Bet you never heard of it though.
Some Fun Facts:
- There are over 2,500 registered cenotes in the old Mayan World. The Maya's believed this to be the entrance to the underworld.
- In some villages/towns, you are not permitted to take pictures of people. Your camera will be taken away from you as they believe the photo steals part of their soul.
We also learned how you too can experience the wonders of the old Mayan World. We know who to work with, where to stay, how to get you there safely (don't let your mind wander, we are not talking kidnappings or shootings here; your biggest opponent is the terrain, weather & insects; all of which your recommended guide will assist with).
We display this certificate proudly (the fact that it looks "Indiana Jones'ish is just an added perk)!
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