Mundo Maya Tourism Initiative Invites You to Visit Mexico and Explore Mayan Civilization

Mundo Maya Tourism Initiative Invites You to Visit Mexico and Explore Mayan Civilization

Wed, 2011-12-21

The only thing that is new is history you have never known. In 2012, Mexico invites you to take a new look at the ancient world of the Maya.

For nearly 3,000 years, the Mayan civilization of southern Mexico produced amazing achievements in art, architecture, astronomy and science. From their temples and observatories, the Maya tracked the orbits of the moon and the planets with stunning accuracy, producing one of the most accurate calendars ever devised by man. On December 12, 2012, the Mayan Long Calendar will mark the end of its 5,126-year cycle, and the beginning of a whole new era.

The year 2012 is not the end of the world. It is the beginning of a year of celebration.

Mundo Maya is a tourism initiative linking the Mexican states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Roo, Yucatán and Tabasco – the ancestral home of the Mayan civilization. Come to the ruins of Calakmul in the state of Campeche, which was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002. Or visit Tabasco, where chocolate was invented as a Mayan religious beverage. In Yucatán, the observatories of Chichén Itzá tracked the heavens. Explore the Tomb of the Red Queen in Chiapas, and learn how the indigenous jatropha plant is being refined into biofuel. And beyond the beaches of Quintana Roo, the modern-day Maya are pioneering new eco-tourism ventures to protect their natural resources.

Many of the challenges facing today’s global community – such as climate change, biodiversity and food insecurity – were faced by the Maya more than a thousand years ago. Learning the lessons of the Mayan civilization can help the modern world escape a similar fate.