CHIAPAS THROUGH THE AGES TOUR
Located near the Guatemala Highlands in the Mexican state of Chiapas sits the pre-Columbian Izapa ruins, believed to be the origin of the sacred Mayan calendar. Often referred to as the “birthplace of time,” this archaeological wonder is a must-see attraction for adventurers and history enthusiasts. Your half-day tour begins at the pier as you […]
Located near the Guatemala Highlands in the Mexican state of Chiapas sits the pre-Columbian Izapa ruins, believed to be the origin of the sacred Mayan calendar. Often referred to as the “birthplace of time,” this archaeological wonder is a must-see attraction for adventurers and history enthusiasts.
Your half-day tour begins at the pier as you travel north through the lush tropical rainforest; just 45 minutes later, you’ll arrive at Izapa, one of the most interesting and largest Mayan sites in the region. Dating back 3,500 years, the archaeological site stretches out over a mile, and once supported an estimated population of 10,000 at its peak. During your guided tour you’ll stroll past cobbled pyramids, sculptured plazas and squares, ceremonial platforms, and stone-carved monuments that date roughly from 300 B.C. to 100 B.C.
Ceiba trees, which the Maya believed stood at the center of the earth, connecting the terrestrial world to the spirit-world above. This tall tree is still commonly found in Chiapas and surrounding jungles and is easily identifiable by its extraordinary height (many can reach as high as over 195 feet), thick, buttressed roots, and large umbrella-shaped canopies. Due to age-old beliefs, these trees are regularly spared when forests are cut.
By about 1200 A.D. Izapa was abandoned. At the time of the Spanish conquest, the Aztecs had conquered the area and were using it to grow cacao trees. The area was called Xoconocheo until conquered by the Spanish and it became a providence of New Spain. Once in Tapachula downtown you will visit the City Museum, where you can watch pictures and artifacts that were important parts of the history of the city. Then watch Maya Dancers perform Maya dances before returning by bus to your ship’s pier.
Wear comfortable walking shoes and bring adequate sun protection. The day can be hot and muggy so it’s advised that you wear light, comfortable clothing and a hat. The ruins are located on wet and hilly land made of volcanic soil so closed-toe shoes are recommended. Be sure to put on sunscreen and insect repellant. And don’t forget a camera or video recorder to capture the stunning sights (there is a $5 fee for video cameras).
12 & under reduced
WHAT TO BRING
- Bio insect repellent
- Bio sun screen
- Comfortable shoes
- Money for tips and souvenirs
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