Maya Ruins of Tikal & Copan
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)
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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.
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