Maya Culture: The Pyramid of Chichen Itza with Luis Luis-Martínez - Context Travel

Maya Culture: The Pyramid of Chichen Itza with Luis Luis-Martínez


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The Mayan civilization is one of the most fascinating ancient civilizations in the world, but also one of the most difficult to understand because of the complex language, geographical barriers, and information lost during the Spanish conquest. This conversation will explore the Chichen Itza archaeological site, specifically the pyramid of Kukulkan.

We will learn the historical context surrounding its magnificent construction as well as more concrete details such as the transformation of limestone into building blocks. By shifting our focus towards mathematics and astronomy, we will understand the physics of the “Feather Snake” phenomenon that occurs bi-annually at Chichen Itza. Then, moving towards an enhanced understanding of the Mayan civilization as a whole, we will explore the Mayan calendars and the series of events leading to Mayan control of most of the Yucatan peninsula.

Led by an expert on history and archeological civilization of Mexico, Luis Martinez, this interactive seminar will explore the most visited building in Chichen Itza. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased knowledge about the history of Mayan culture.

Born and raised in Mexico City, Luis became a professional archaeological and cultural tour guide after studying tourism at the Instituto Politecnico Nacional. Fluent in Spanish, English, and French, Luis is passionate about cultural immersion, travel, and volunteering. He lives in the Riviera Maya.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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