Blog posts tagged with 'yucatan'

Kindly contributed by John Harrison, author of several travel books including his most recent historical travel narrative 1519, A Journey to the End of Time. Harrison spent four months on the trail of destruction left by Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes, walking the Mexican coast, cross-country to Mexico City and to sites in Guatemala. As he explores the worlds of the Spanish and Aztecs, people groups that believed that the world was about to end, Harrison receives a diagnosis of cancer. He must face his own mortality even as he probes the larger questions of human history.
The Yucatan
Kindly contributed by writer and photographer MacDuff Everton, who spent more than four decades living among the Maya. In his book, The Modern Maya, Everton updates our perception of Maya culture by revealing how individuals and families live, work and preserve their rich culture today. Everton is a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler and author of the book Patagonia: La Ultima Esperanza.
  The Maya and the conquering Spanish looked at the land and saw two completely different realities—the difference between Spain and Yucatán could hardly be greater.
The Lost Cities of the Mayas

The British artist Frederick Catherwood and his American traveling companion, John Lloyd Stephens, were the first Westerners to view the enthralling architecture of the lost cities of the ancient Maya. In 1839 the two intrepid explorers discovered the Mayan pyramids of Copan, abandoned ten centuries before and forgotten under the cover of a thick tropical rainforest. Catherwood and Stephens went on to uncover many more mysteries of the Mayan world, discoveries that Stephens faithfully recorded in a travel diary that was richly illustrated by Catherwood.