Mayan Wonders on a Western Caribbean Cruise
Known for developing a written language as well as a complex system of calendars, the advanced Maya civilization can be traced as far back as 2600 B.C. Among their many areas of settlement was the Yucatán Peninsula, where our Western Caribbean cruise vacations sail. This region is renowned for a wealth of Mayan archaeological treasures, with well-preserved cities full of temples, plazas, pyramids and citadels that rival the legendary ruins of Rome, Athens and Egypt.
To this day, scientists and historians remain divided over the reason for the civilization’s decline. Whether it was long-term drought, internal strife or resources stretched too thin to support their rapidly growing population, the decline of the ancient Maya remains a mystery.
The 2,000-year-old city of Altun Ha features several fascinating structures including the 60-foot Temple of the Sun God, while Mayan temples and monuments at Lamanai impress within their lush surroundings.
The walled city of Tulum features Mayan temples and castle ruins overlooking the sea. On the mainland nearby, the lost city of Coba boasts the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán.
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