La Ruta Maya

San Cristóbal de Las Casas is strategically located within the magical land of the Maya. Day trips and longer adventures farther East and into the jungles of Chiapas bring travelers closer to understanding and appreciating the rich past and present cultures of the Maya. The end-of-the-world prophesies have made La Ruta Maya (or The Mayan Route) a popular topic. For this reason, in November 2011 Lonely Planet named The Mayan Route as the second of ten top regions of the world to visit in 2012. 

But even before the prophesies made the headlines, people were talking about Mexico’s Maya treasures, all of which are within reach of travelers who seek adventure and a cultural immersion. In the October 1989 issue of National Geographic, then editor Wilbur Garrett promoted the concept of La Ruta Maya. It was an idea to forge a common goal between five nations (Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador) to preserve their cultural heritage and pristine environment and simultaneously promote eco-friendly tourism. The plan continues to seek to support today’s Maya peoples through the tourist industry while preserving the environment that they and the rest of the world depend on.

The Ruta Maya’s 1,500 mile route connects Maya sites that belonged to a civilization that had more cities than ancient Egypt and crafts that have survived over 3,000 years. This area is also the home of vast tropical forests, huge numbers of animal and plant species, and economic and population density pressures that threaten its existence.

La Joya Hotel San Cristóbal is a perfect starting and/or ending point for adventures along La Ruta Maya. We welcome the opportunity to help our guests plan day trips or longer journeys to towns with colorful celebrations and textiles and archeological sites with impressive ruins.

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