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Lost Temples: Mayan Pyramids of Chichen Itza

Watch on YouTube Why did the Maya abandon their magnificent city of Chichen Itza? National Geographic seeks the answer. Runtime: 3 min.

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The Story of Vanilla

on An excellent resource for learning about Mexico's vanilla, the original source of the world's supply. (Note: This links directly to a P...

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The Iconographic Heritage of the Maya Jester God

The Jester God, named for the resemblance of his tri-pointed forehead to the cap of medieval court jesters, is one of the earliest symbols associated...

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The Yucatán's Mayan Splendor

In the Yucatán, an ancient land of dense jungles, the tropical climate puts food at constant risk of spoiling. In response, cooks concocted pibil, n...

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Cenotes of Mexico

Deep underneath Mexico's Yucatan peninsula, underground rivers wind their way to the sea. In some places, sinkholes (cenotes) allow access to underwater caves and were considered openings to the underworld by the ancient Mayans. Host Jonathan Bird teams up with an expert cave diver to explore. Runtime: 12 min.

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An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya

on Amazon This "dictionary" of Mesoamerican mythology and religion makes decoding the symbolism in the art and architecture of Maya sites a snap. By ...

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Guide to the Birds of Mexico and Northern Central America

on Amazon The premier book on the subject, profiling the wide array you will see on location. By Steve NG Howell and Sophie Webb.

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Guide to the Maya Ruins of Mexico

on Amazon Insightful profiles of the top Maya sites in Mexico, as well as the Maya-connected civilizations. Featured sites include Chichen Itza, Tulu...

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