Travel Tuesday: El Ceibal

This month, I’m showcasing what I plan to do next year, God willing and the creek doesn’t rise! Heading off to Guatemala to see some famous and not so famous Mayan ruins. Let’s start with little beauty, El Ceibal.

04-El-CeibalSurrounded by rainforest in the Peten region, El Ceibal is noted for the outstanding artworks and hieroglyphics the Mayans carved into stelae made from hard limestone. Many of the stelae were carved after 800 at a time when the rest of the Mayan world was collapsing. The art is detailed and considered beautiful, giving El Ceibal the nickname of “Mayan Art Gallery.” Besides the stelae, carvings can be found on stairways and altars. Located on the Pasion River, El Ceibal had about 10,000 residents living in hundreds of houses. Buildings, including monuments, residences and pyramids, are divided into three groups.

F. M. Laster

“I only like two kinds of men, domestic and imported.” -Mae West

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