Mayan cities: Chichén Itzá (Mexico), Tikal (Guatemala), Caracol (Belize), and Copán (Honduras). The pyramids and stelae are well worth seeing, especially at jungle-shrouded Tikal (above), but here’s the thing: Maya civilization isn’t long gone. Its apogee may have passed, but millions of Maya people and their culture remain alive and well, most vibrantly in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.

Mayan cities: Chichén Itzá (Mexico), Tikal (Guatemala), Caracol (Belize), and Copán (Honduras). The pyramids and stelae are well worth seeing, especially at jungle-shrouded Tikal (above), but here’s the thing: Maya civilization isn’t long gone. Its apogee may have passed, but millions of Maya people and their culture remain alive and well, most vibrantly in Guatemala’s Western Highlands.

Culture teaches us values and beliefs. There are so many cultures in our world. That is what makes our world so interesting. I love to learn about other cultures because you see how different people are, even how similar they are.

Culture teaches us values and beliefs. There are so many cultures in our world. That is what makes our world so interesting. I love to learn about other cultures because you see how different people are, even how similar they are.

Waterfall, Cave Creek, Arizona by backlitcoyote, via Flickr; near Portal, Arizona on the New Mexico border

Waterfall, Cave Creek, Arizona by backlitcoyote, via Flickr; near Portal, Arizona on the New Mexico border

Dive the Yucatán’s Cenotes (Mexico). 'The Maya revered these otherworldly pools, with shafts of sunlight tangible enough to climb, clusters of thigh-thick vines and visibility measured in hundreds of feet.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/yucatan-peninsula

Dive the Yucatán’s Cenotes (Mexico). 'The Maya revered these otherworldly pools, with shafts of sunlight tangible enough to climb, clusters of thigh-thick vines and visibility measured in hundreds of feet.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/mexico/yucatan-peninsula

Post-fourth grade lesson on Mayan Civilization, this one has been on the list. Chichen Itza, Tinum, Mexico.

Chichen Itza (Aztec Empire)

Post-fourth grade lesson on Mayan Civilization, this one has been on the list. Chichen Itza, Tinum, Mexico.

Artista Urbano “Guerrero Maya” Ciudad de México. Por Anthony Pappone, photographer - Portrait of a Mayan warrior with (street performers), Mexico City, Mexico.

Artista Urbano “Guerrero Maya” Ciudad de México. Por Anthony Pappone, photographer - Portrait of a Mayan warrior with (street performers), Mexico City, Mexico.

Patzcuaro, Michoacan, México.  THe native materials of mexico are what give each of the churches their unique feel.  The different cities with their milenial history and craft traditions also help make a voyage from city to city unique.

Patzcuaro, Michoacan, México. THe native materials of mexico are what give each of the churches their unique feel. The different cities with their milenial history and craft traditions also help make a voyage from city to city unique.

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