Mundo Maya Blog
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Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
Google Street View Goes Maya!
In a post entitled, "Google Street View Offers Virtual Trips Around Mexico's Ancient Monuments," the travel blog, Gadling.com is reporting that Google Street View cameras mounted on giant tricycles entered Palenque to take 360-degree photographs of the sites. They've done Chichén Itzá archaeological site as well.
The website Past Horizons says Google and archaeological officials plan on imaging more important sites before the end of the year, allowing virtual tours from any networked screen in the world.
"The photo project started two years ago and now 30 sites have been added to Google Street View, with the aim of having more than 80 sites online by the end of the year. Eventually, all 189 of the archaeological sites under INAH’s protection will be catalogued and recorded in this virtual world." (INAH is Mexico's official archaeology institute.)
A truly appropriate use of technology for those who can't afford the plane fare to Mexico, if you ask me, or for those recalling their travels to the area, but certainly not a substitute for the real thing ... not even the most life-like photograph or video of any Maya archaeological site comes close to capturing the feeling of walking in those places.