Maya Archaeology

I've had the opportunity to work on-site at Chichén Itzá while photographing for the film Tales of the Maya Skies. Sylvia got to see the film and hear a lot about these tremendous structures, but didn't get to see them first hand. So Route of the Maya was an OAT tour to new Maya sites for both of us, and a chance to learn more about a once sophisticated and thriving culture in Central America and Yucatán.

Chichén Itzá

Chichén Itzá was a major focal point in the Northern Maya Lowlands from the Late Classic (c. AD 600–900) through the Terminal Classic (c. AD 800–900) and into the early portion of the Postclassic period (c. AD 900–1200).


Mayapan has of temples, altars, shrines, and platforms located inside the city center walls. Rediscovered in the mid-nineteenth century by Stephens and Catherwood, this site was a was a powerful urban center that eventually became the sole political and cultural force in the Yucatan during the thirteenth century.


Hieroglyphic Staircase
Hieroglyphic Staircase

Copán, Honduras, was the capital city of a major Classic period Maya kingdom from the 5th to 9th centuries AD. 


Tikal, Guatemala, is one of the largest archaeological sites and urban centers of the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.