Month: February 2020

Seeing the Mayan Ruins

Stretching throughout Central America, the Mayan civilization was an important ancient civilization that has influenced the world as we know it today. The Mayan people have been respected for their vast knowledge in various fields such as astronomy, mathematics, art, language, and architecture. That is, since their rediscovery. They lived so long ago that even the Incas and Aztecs didn’t know they existed. With the rediscovery of their stone cities, people flock to visit its ruins to unravel the civilization’s mystery.

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Mayan Civilization Pyramid

If you want to visit the Mayan Ruins, we have a few suggestions for a smoother, more enjoyable experience of your trip! Besides this blog, if you would like some other travel suggestions, check out

Look for a Place to Stay

For an easier visit, it’s better to stay in accommodations that are closer to the ruins. Several resorts in the area between Tulum and Playa del Carmen provide package tours to people who visit the ruins. Tulum is a well-known hotspot because of its numerous hotel accommodations, rental choices and resorts for visitors.

Choose How to Go About the Ruins

One can either drive or take a tour bus to get to the ruins. Each of the options has pros and cons so you can choose whichever would appeal more to you. Taking the tour bus is convenient. However, because they have a schedule to keep up with, you will have a shorter time to visit each ruins. On the other hand, driving lets you spend more time at the ruins but entails driving in an unfamiliar place.

If you select to drive yourself to the ruins, you can spend for a car rental. You’d be happy to know that rental agencies in Mexico accept driving licenses from any country. When renting for a car, check the rental company’s policies and information about their refunds and insurances. In addition, inquire about the credit card you will use for your travel as some international credit cards come with free rental car insurance. If it does, you are fortunate!

The next thing in mind is to get detailed directions to the ruins. The GPS on your mobile phone with downloaded Mexican maps will help you get to the ruins. Meanwhile, asking the locals for directions will also be helpful.

You can also surf the web or ask the hotel where you’re staying for detailed instructions to the Mayan ruins.

Choose Your Attire

Wearing comfortable clothes is key to enjoy your visit to the Mayan sites. You’ll be walking a lot as you explore so make sure you wear comfortable shoes. Keep off the sun by using a hat and sunscreen. They will also prevent you from getting a sunburn. Additionally, bring a few water bottles with you to stay hydrated.

The Mayan Ruins

Here are some of the Mayan sites to look forward to!

Tulum Mayan Ruins

The ancient walled city of Tulum, is considered to be the loveliest Mayan site in Cancun. Though small, it is beautifully situated atop a 15-m high cliff overlooking at the stunning views of the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is favored for its beautiful Caribbean beaches.

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One of the sites in Tulum

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is one of Mexico’s most visited sites. It is also one of the Mayan’s largest cities. Here you can find the temple of Kulkulan or El Castillo as it is known, a 98-foot pyramid with nine square terraces. Tourists gather around the pyramid at sunset to witness the snake-like resemblance of the shadows on the steps due to the setting sun.

Ek Balam Ruins

Built in the Mayan Classic Period, the large city of Ek Balam has various temples and buildings including a majestic central pyramid and two huge palaces. Its architecture goes way back to the Late Classic period.

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Ek’Balam Ruins

As beautiful as the ruins are, you should be glad you live now and not then. Life was not easy unless you were king or one of the lords. Hmmm. Maybe not that much has changed after all. …

Earthwatch and Their Science Vacations

Earthwatch – Watching the Earth Since 1971

Earthwatch, founded by Robert Citron and Clarence Truesdale in 1971, is an environmental organization working internationally for the benefit of our planet. The charity encourages people from all walks of life to do collaborative work with elite experts. The goal is to create a sustainable environment through scientific field research.

Since its birth, Earthwatch has already inspired about 100,000 “citizen scientists”, ranging from as young as 10 to as old as over 80, to join their cause.

Archaeology Site for Earth Watch
Archaeology Site

Adventures and Expeditions

If you have the passion and dedication to preserve Mother Nature, then Earthwatch expeditions are for you! The expeditions focus on critical environmental issues on ocean health, wildlife and ecosystems, climate change, and culture and archaeology.

By joining Earthwatch expeditions, you’ll have first-hand experiences on how climate change impacts the preservation and protection of wildlife and marine biodiversity in different countries like South Africa, Brazil, Madagascar, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Kenya, and the list goes on. Pretty cool, right? You’ll also get to witness the diversity of several animal species and understand more how they thrive in their native environment.

On the other hand, citizen scientists (that’s you) can join archaeological expeditions with the interest of understanding the history of ancient people. Experiences include excavation and preservation of artifacts found in excavation sites, surveying and documentation of archeological sites, and of course, exploring the archaeological wonders of the world. It might be strenuous work but the knowledge and mysteries unearthed may impact our planet’s future.

Anyone is welcome to join their expeditions as they provide for both adults and teens. You don’t need prior scientific knowledge to join. How cool is that?

What’s in Store for You

A few of Earthwatch’s expeditions include Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains, Conserving Koala Country, Costa Rican Sea Turtles, and Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe.

Climate Change in the Mackenzie Mountains

In this expedition, witness firsthand the global warming effects in the Arctic.

Conserving Koala Country

Investigate how koalas respond to the rapid environmental change in Great Otway National Park. Also, help conserve their population and homes.

Costa Rican Sea Turtles

Costa Rican Sea Turtle Earth Watch
Sea Turtle

Understand how leatherback turtles behave and how human activities impact these marine animals on the shores of the Pacific.

Archaeology of the Mongolian Steppe

Discover the ancient artifacts and treasures hidden in Mongolia’s Ikh Nart Nature Reserve by participating in this expedition.

A Legacy to Watch Out For

Earthwatch is dedicated to bringing people from all over the world together to engage in scientific field research and education. The goal is to gain a better understanding of the environment and what actions to take to sustain it. Their projects are held in over 40 countries worldwide.

Working collaboratively with scientists, educators and students, communities, corporate fellows, and the general public, they aim to provide learning experiences that will foster new environmental leaders, implement sustainable practices and policies that encourage environmental responsibility, and preserve and protect wildlife populations. Additionally, they also work for the preservation of our cultural heritage and improve people’s living all over the globe.