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RECENTLY UPDATED! With more than 130 high-resolution images, maps and a detailed tour itinerary, this is the definitive guide to the Maya sites of Tikal and Copan. (2015)

Travel guidebooks for the ultra curious, Approach Guides reveal a destination’s essence by exploring a compelling aspect of its cultural heritage: art, architecture, history, food, or wine.

The Maya religious centers of Tikal and Copán are one of Mesoamerica’s cultural treasures, the remains of a great civilization that prospered for 2,000 years (peaking from 600-800 CE) and created some of the most impressive art and architecture in the New World.

This Approach Guide serves as an ideal resource for travelers seeking a deeper understanding of this Maya cultural legacy through a comprehensive exploration of these two ancient cities. It starts off by providing some critical background information — focusing on cosmology and the role of the dynastic ruler — that makes sense of the forms and symbols of the unique Maya aesthetic.

Having set this foundation, we turn our attention to the individual sites of Tikal and Copán, placing each within historical context and introducing the location-specific features of its art and architecture. We then tour its most impressive sites, telling you where to look, what it means, why it’s important, and how it compares with other locations. As a special bonus, we also profile the smaller Maya site of Quiriguá, an ideal addition to your existing Tikal and/or Copán itinerary.

And along the way, this guide provides tips — based on our personal experiences — at each location and our picks for the best online information.

This Approach Guide contains:

  • Detailed profiles of Tikal, Copán, and Quiriguá, with a focus on their best examples of art and architecture.
  • 90+ high-resolution images — maps, photos, floorplans, and illustrations — with color-coding that brings key architectural and artistic elements to life by making them easier to identify.
  • Custom maps of each site to ease navigation and plan your itinerary.

 

FREE UPDATESOne of the benefits of Approach Guides is that we can easily update content and release new editions of our guidebooks. These updates are FREE for existing customers. Please visit http://approachguides.com/updates for a list of recently updated guides and instructions on downloading the new version.

 

PRAISE FOR APPROACH GUIDES
Compulsive (and compulsively informed) travelers, the Raezers are the masterminds behind the downloadable Approach Guides, which are filled with a university course-worth of history and insights for 62 destinations worldwide. WHY WE LOVE IT: The Raezers share our desire for deep, well-researched information on the wonders of the world.
- Travel + Leisure

What started as one couple’s travel notes aimed at filling in the gaps in guidebooks has become ApproachGuides.com — a menu of downloadable travel guides that cover cultural and historical topics of interest to thoughtful travelers.  What’s hot: Bite-sized travel guides that specialize in topics ranging from 29 pages on the foods of Italy to one that helps you explore the historical and architectural significance of Angkor’s famous temple structures in Cambodia.
- LA Times

Approach Guides encompass the whole cultural experience of a place, whether it is Ancient Buddhist Caves in India and China, Islamic Cairo, Ancient Mediterranean Mosaics, or a Guide to the Regional Foods of Italy. Each guide delves into the subject, truly exploring it (and making you want to GO THERE NOW). Perfect for the thinking traveler, Approach Guides are one of the best travel guides I’ve ever found.
- Wandering Educators

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