CANCUN

Cancun is Mexico’s most important tourist destination and one of the world’s most well-known resorts, offering the unparalleled beauty of the Caribbean Sea’s turquoise-blue water and white-sand beaches.

Originally known as Ekab (Black Earth), what is now the northern district of the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico, was thickly populated by people who spoke the language now known as Mayan. After the XVI century, only small settlements on closer islands of Isla Mujeres and Cozumel remained.

Barely 30 years ago, Cancún was not more than a long virgin island of white sands. Today, Cancún has a highly sophisticated infrastructure, offering a wide range of tourist services. Besides, there is an amazing diversity of both natural and archeological places that have made this place the most important tourist destination in Mexico, and one of the top-10 tourist places all over the world. Nowadays, about 4 million people visit Cancún each year, offering a wide range of hotel accommodations and services, amounting to 24,000 rooms and over 300 restaurants, besides many other amusements.

The hotel zone, laid out along a 22 km of land stretch, is bounded by the sea to the east and the Nichupté lagoon on the other side. Almost all hotels face the Caribbean Sea, and are very close to beaches of silky, soft sand and transparent, turquoise waters. Coral reefs, regarded among the largest all over the world, can be found close to Cancún, where diving and snorkeling is possible.

Not so far from Cancún, one can still hear the voices of those who forged the history of one of the most important prehispanic cultures: the Mayans. Amongst the Mayan cities that are worth visiting are Tulum, the walled city of the Mayans, very close to Cancún, and the imposing Coba, which is one of the largest Mayan cities in the surrounding area.

COBA
(300–900 CE, Classic Period)


Airel view of the temple Nohoch-Mul

Cobá - beautiful and mysterious - was one of the largest of the Maya Ceremonial Cities, surrounded by five big lagoons and covered by an impressive natural jungle (its name means "ruffled waters"). It has the Pyramid Nohoch-Mul, 45 meters high, making it the tallest pyramid in the Yucatán Peninsula. Cobá is known for its extraordinary Mayan engineering which allowed them to make the “Sak-Be” (White Roads). These roads are especially important because we now know they connect Chichen Itzá, Yaxuna, and Cobá with more than 250 kilometers of roads. Both, the tallest pyramid and the greatest concentration of "Sak-Be" suggest Cobá was a major city - yet it was not discovered until the late 19th century. Even today, only a small fraction of the many structures in this vast site have been excavated and this, together with the remoteness and jungle setting, contribute to the feeling of exploring new ground.

In ancient legend, before this modern time, the Maya said that a channel of energy existed that connected the Mayan priests with the Sky and it was called Kuxan-Zuun, a living cord that unites man with God.

The Maya say that it is the “Sak-Be” that maintains their closeness to their ancestors so that they themselves today can continue the ancient customs and traditions.


EK BALAM
(300–900 CE Classic Period)


Angel of Heaven (photo by Liza Prado)

This extraordinary Sacred Site is dedicated to the energy of the Jaguar – Star. Ek Balam is full of special temples and sweat lodges with five Sak-Be (white roads) which connect the city with the five cardinal points.

One of the most beautiful and impressive friezes is found on the fourth level of the North Palace Temple at Ek Balam. In 1999 two Yucatecan archeologists discovered the Mayan Angels, statues with wings on their back. In all they discovered seven stucco figures in different positions, two of them with wings.

Ek Balam is a Sacred Site where the Mayan prophecy of 2012 is to take place with “the return of the Balameb”, teachers from the sky who return to the Earth.

Many extraordinary surprises are still waiting for us at Ek Balam.


MUYIL
(1000–1350 CE, Post Classic Period)


Temple at Muyil (photo by Alex Ely)

This Mayan Ceremonial Center is placed in the Sian Kaan Biosphere Reserve. It was one of the commercial ports in this Maya area together with Xcaret, Paamul, Xaac, and Yalku which allowed the Mayas to achieve many cultural and commercial exchanges.

Muyil has a beautiful Mayan pyramid, 17 meters tall, with a chamber that still contains a painted mural in its interior.

In Muyil we unite with the essence of the water, the jungle, the animals, the sun, and the earth. In this marvelous place the Mayans achieved contact with Mother Water and all living creatures of the jungle.


CHICHEN ITZA
(300–900 CE, Classic Period and 1000–1250 CE, Post Classic Period)


Chichen Itzá, The Prophets Conference 2000

One of the most important Sacred Maya Sites in the Maya world, Chichen Itzá is also one of the largest with more than 1,000 pyramids and temples inside it. Chichen Itzá was known as the “Sacred City” visited by Mayans to have their knowledge of science, art, philosophy, and religion reconfirmed by the Mayan priests.



Mayan in lotus posture atop one of the temples at Chichen Itza The Prophets Conference 2000

Chichen Itzá is the Mayan Cosmic University. Here you will admire the pyramid, KuKuulKaan, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World. The Mayan calendars, Tzolkin and Haab, as well as the 52 year Pleiades Constellation cycle are all contained within the structure of this wonderful pyramid.

Chichen Itzá is the Heart of the Yucatán Peninsula and the most renowned Sacred Ceremonial Astronomical Center in the Mayab lands.



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