Mayan Wonders

Ancient Mayan ruins overlook the sea in Tulum
Ancient Mayan ruins overlook the sea in Tulum
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. Now it is your turn to walk among these timeworn relics – and perhaps come up with some answers of your own, with our award-winning shore excursions that visit these extraordinary sights in depth.

Island of Cozumel

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.

Costa Maya

Costa Maya (Mahahual)

Located on the southern Yucatán Peninsula, visitors can explore magnificent ruins of the once great Mayan cities of Kohunlich, Dzibanché, and Chacchoben.

Belize City

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.