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A Day in a Mayan Village

According to history.com, the Maya Empire, centered in modern-day Guatemala and spread throughout nearby lands, reached its apex of power and influence around the sixth century AD. Reasons for its decline are still a topic of scholarly debate. Nevertheless, elements of their culture remain, particularly in speech: in Mexico and central America, around 5 million people speak a Mayan language (and there are many).

Read up on this group and how they helped shape 21st century Mexico, and then head to X-Can, a small village in Chemex that’s home to the modern-day Maya. Travel on a tricitaxi (a mix of a tricycle and a taxi), head to the region’s oldest church (built in 1557), and dive into a turquoise cenote, or swimming hole.

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