An introduction to the ancient Maya

The Maya civilisation began long ago in a place called 'Mesoamerica'. This huge area is made up of Mexico and part of Central America.

The Mayas built amazing cities like Tikal (which they called 'Yax Mutal') and Palenque. Even though they lived in different cities, ruled by different kings and queens, the Mayas shared a lot of common beliefs and traditions.

They were experts at reading the stars and even built their cities as a map of the sky! They were also inspired by the creatures of the forest and shared many legends about animals, plants and nature spirits.

A Maya city built below stars

Have a look around the ruins of Tikal

Jade Skirt inviting you to take a tour of the Ancient city of Tikal.

Follow Jade Skirt as she shows you some of the interesting things that you can still find in Tikal.

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Jade Skirt giving a thumbs up in the ancient city of Yax Mutal