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.