Mundo Maya Blog
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Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
New Monument Park in Chiapas, Mexico Honors Maya Calendar and Cuture
I've just received some fascinating news for travelers headed to the southwest corner of Mexico, in the state of Chiapas. There, a concerted effort to develop the region's cultural tourism potential is underway. Most interesting is the Parque del Chocolate, described by John Major Jenkins in the video above, with its Maya ball court symbolism and alignment with the winter solstice ecliptic.
The proposal is to attract more travelers to the Izapa archaeological zone, which is considered by some to be the birthplace of the Maya long count, with special significance to the December 21, 2012 date, the ending of 13 b'aktuns.
This article on developing cultural tourism by Renato Johnsson Núñez, explains the significance of the 2012 end-date to travelers, and proposes new tourist routes in Chiapas that include Izapa and the Tuxtla Chico municipality. This means YOU can be among the first travelers to visit them.