- The Mayan Traveler -



The U.S. Based World Leader in Mundo Maya, Mexico and Central America Tours Since 1984!

We are proud to offer high quality escorted Mayan World travel, Mayan ruins tours and student tours to the ancient ruins, natural history and modern wonders of the beautiful world of the enigmatic Maya, the Colonial Cities of Mexico and Central and South America. 


Here is the link to those tours - The Mayan Traveler's Maya Ruins Tours


Our tours include professional guides (we do not use "local guides") and our tours are operated with our own private vehicles (we do not utilize "public transport"). Our tours are not "day tours" or "seat in bus" tours. Tours include standard accommodations designed for a minimum of 2 persons. Upon request we can quote any private tour in "Economy" or "Deluxe" accommodations.  ALSO, it must be noted that the prices presented generally increase during Holiday weekends, Spring break, etc. when travel schedules dictate higher demand.


This is the perfect site to find out-of-the-ordinary Mexico and Central America Mayan vacations and educational tours but if you are looking for tours to the Colonial Cities of Mexico you can check out our sister site, www.MexicoColonialCities.com.

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE We are often asked why we can’t be found on TripAdvisor for client comments or as a source for tours.  And, clients returning from our tours often ask why they can’t go to TripAdvisor to post their compliments and tour comments. The answer is simple – We offer only multi day tours and TripAdvisor only lists “day tour” operators.  TripAdvisors' explanation is that they don’t list multi day attractions because they want the attractions listed on their site narrowed down to things that can be done on the spur of the moment while a traveler is on vacation.  The rationale is they only want to list activities where one can you can just show up at a scheduled time and just take a tour.

So, wanting our clients and prospects to understand how our previous clients perceive our tours and our service, we have included references in our “Why Travel With Us” page.  If you have any doubts or questions about our tours and services please follow the link and/or give us a call.  We are proud of our past successes and look forward to providing you with our usual great service and a safe, fun, entertaining and educational tour.


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               Personal safety of our tour participants

High value, reasonably priced participatory tours

Educational, enriching, thoughtful and fun agendas

Pre-planned and customized itineraries

Environmentally and socially responsive sustainable programs


               Quality adventure tours to Latin America since 1984

Highly recommended by our clients and the press

Vetted, experienced and highly recommended operations partners

Professional guides and expert lecturers



Natural history

Cultural interactions

Colonial and historical sites

Ancient, historic and contemporary religions

Participatory adventures


Individual and Private Tours

Small Groups – 6 to 12 participants

Medium Groups – 12 to 24 participants (Custom tours only)

Large Groups – up to 40 or more (Custom tours only)

So, take a look at the Mayan travel and Mayan ruins tours presented here and contact us for additional information or for reservations.

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email:  info@TheMayanTraveler.com

- Some Historical Perspective -

The earliest trace of homo sapiens found in Mexico or Central America date back about 20,000 years.  These early hunter/gatherers eventually cultivated an kind of wild corn and begin the earliest Mesoamerican civilizations between 5,000 and 1,000 B.C.

From these humble beginnings the mother culture of Mesoamerica, the Olmecs, developed along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico from about 500 B. C. to 100 B.C.  


In the central valley of what would eventually be known as Mexico the city of Teotihuacan arose around 100 B.C. and was mysteriously abandoned around 750A.D.


With Teotihuacan abandoned new groups from the north descended on the Central Plateau and Valley.  As time passed these tribes converged and became known as the Toltecs.  These people were the first to distill many of earlier manifestations of spiritual ideals of wisdom and learning into a identifiable "god", the bearded, fair-skinned Quetzalcoatl.  Shortly thereafter this name became linked with one of the Toltec rulers, in effect transforming the myth into a reality.  

The reign of this Toltec priest, Ce Acatl Topilzin, was remembered as one of peace and plenty.  After his death legend told that he would return in the future.  Much to the chagrin of the Aztecs, when Hernan Cortes landed in Mexico in 1519 they thought that Cortes was the returning Quetzalcoatl.  This created terror in the heart of Moctezuma and helped Cortes immensely in the early stages of his conquest.


After the Toltecs faded from the Mesoamerica stage the Totonac, the Zapotec and the Mixtec peoples all had their periods of glory and prosperity. Though not as famous as the Maya their ancient cities are evidence of the grandeur of their times of reign.  The sites of El Tajin, Monte Alban I and II are fine examples of their grand architectural and construction skills.


Then there were the Maya, the largest homogenous group of indigenous peoples north of Peru.  Their cultural development began around 1500B.C. and spread over an area of 250,000 square miles, which is now represented as parts of Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras and El Salvador.  

Today, many of their ancient cities are in remarkable well preserved repair.  These cities are designed along similar lines as other Mesoamerican cities with a city center where the main temples , ceremonial structures and plazas are awe-inspiring.  Close to this area were the living quarters of the priests, lords and officials responsible for ritual, government and administration.  Normally there is one of the famous ball courts nearby where the mysterious game of pok-a-tok was played.  Further out were the homes of the wealthy and important merchants.  On the perimeter were the dwelling of ordinary citizens and farmers.


The Maya had a structured and disciplined society governed by priest-rulers, but the were never united at a single capital or under a single ruler.  The autonomous city-states shared a common hieroglyphic script, the concept of zero and a common religion and cosmology.


The Maya's knowledge of astronomy and mathematics was immense.  Some of their calculations have proved not only to be well in advance of their time, but more accurate than those that we use today.  They include a more exact calendar than the one we use today and the calculation of lunar cycles and the accurate prediction of eclipses. 


Long-thought to have been peaceful worshippers of the gods, it is now known that the elaborate Mayan rituals included blood-letting and that their celebrations involved dance and sacrificial offering to win the favor of their gods.  Also, they were almost constantly in a state of war with one or another of their neighbors.

The ancient Maya were mysterious and enigmatic. They left behind some of finest man-made wonders in the  world.  Understandably the travelers who come to the region today want to see the huge pyramids and temples, the great stelae covered in hieroglyphic inscriptions, the beautiful artifacts and works of art left behind and the ball courts where mysterious athletic contests were held.  


But it should be remembered that Mayan lore is more than the ruins and forgotten culture of a long-dead empire.  As you travel here the Maya are all around you.  Modern descendents of the ancient Maya drive your bus, catch the fish you eat, work in the bank where you change your money and guide you as you trudge up the steep steps of a monumental temple.  The Mayan Empire may be dead, but the Maya - some two million of them - are very much alive in their ancient ancestral land.


We welcome the opportunity to provide a Mayan ruins tour for you and your party.  Our prearranged Mayan tours and adventure travel tours are listed on the Mayan Ruins Tours link below.  Also we can and do customize any Mayan travel itinerary for individuals, groups or for student travel.

Also, we can offer similar tours to extraordinary Peru and Ecuador for exploration of the ruins and culture of the enigmatic Inca and the splendor of the Spanish colonial period.

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