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MAYAN RUIN SITE MAPS

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RUIN MAPS

You do not need a map for every ruin site however it is a good idea to have a map for larger sites. This way you will not miss anything. It is easy to walk right by something and not even know it is there. Some sites like Mayapan are quite open and you can see almost everything there is to see from atop the main pyramid, however a site like Kohunlich is a maze of structures spread out through a thick jungle.

Maps are not available for every site nor are they sold at every site.


INAH MAPS

INAH is the official body that oversees Mexican antiquities. They publish a number of excellent map booklets that are inexpensive to purchase - $10 - $15 pesos. These booklets come with a precise map and a brief description of each structure accompanied by some photographs.


DANTE MAPS

Dante maps are colourful plastic laminated maps that can withstand numerous openings and closings and wet weather. Beautifully illustrated these maps generally consist of a site map of the ruins and on the flip side a map of the entire state showing other sites of interest. These booklets come with photographs and brief descriptions of items of interest. These maps cost around $30 pesos.

The maps are only available for the following sites:

    Chichen Itza
    Coba /Tulum
    Uxmal/Kabah/Sayil/Xlapak/Labna [all in one booklet]
    Palenque



AQUIRING RUIN MAPS

There are a number of places to find maps and it is advisable to purchase a site map for every ruin site you can, even if you are not even in the area. Think ahead, the map you see may not be available anywhere near that particular ruin site and you may visit it someday. Besides most of these maps cost less than $3.00.

    Venues that sell maps are:

    Chichen Itza ruin's store
    Coba ruin's store
    Uxmal ruin's site store
    Dzibilchaltun ruin's site store
    Xel Ha water park store
    Xcaret store

Many all-inclusive resort stores also carry some maps.

The odd store in Playa del Carmen or Cancun will have some maps.

Libreria Dante Peon is an excellent bookstore in Merida that carries the entire "Dante" line of maps. This bookstore also carries lots of English and Spanish books on the Maya. It is located at Calles 57 at 60 in the Teatro Peon Contreras.



OTHER SOURCES

National Geographic magazines often carry an excellent site map of a ruin site they are featuring. You can either dig through your own collection if you have them or visit a used magazine store that deals in National Geographic.

Books - There are numerous books published regarding many ruin sites both large and small. Many of these books contain detailed site maps.

Magazines - Some magazines like MundoMaya offer site maps from time to time. Some travel magazines do as well although you would have to search through many to find something.

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