Mundo Maya

  • E. Christian WellsEmail author
  • Whitney A. Goodwin
Living reference work entry


Mundo Maya (“Maya World”), formerly referred to as La Ruta Maya (“The Maya Route”), is a joint effort among the Ministries of Tourism from Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Mexico to promote tourism throughout southern Mexico and upper Central America. Geographically, the Mundo Maya covers approximately 500,000 km2, encompassing all of Belize and Guatemala, the western half of El Salvador, northern and western Honduras, and the Mexican states of Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan, and Quintana Roo.

The Organización Mundo Maya program works with the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and other agencies to identify a wide range of cultural and natural resources considered appropriate for international tourism in this region, such as Pre-Columbian Maya ruins, Spanish Colonial towns, contemporary Maya villages, beaches, waterfalls, volcanoes, and tropical forests. By coordinating contiguous tourist destinations across...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Vicky Kynourgiopoulou
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  1. 1.College of Global StudiesArcadia University/ Universita' degli Studi di Roma TreRomeItaly