Puerto Chiapas, Mexico Feb 27
Mayan culture and archeology was the theme of our land discovery tour today. Bella, our guide, took us to the Izapa site with the background of a volcanic mountain. Dating back to 1500 BCE, Izapa was a center of trade for the Mayan culture and a leader in the production of cacao. It is also possible that the Mayan calendar may have had it origins here. We then traveled to Tapachula and the town square where we enjoyed a marimba band and a demonstration of traditional female clothing. Our last stop at the planetarium consisted of a marvelous, first-class presentation on the sky dome of Mayan cosmology. Outside on the veranda, a group of performers gave an interpretative Mayan dance with conch shell sounds and jaguar costumes. Back at the ship we enjoyed “White Night” music and a nearly full moon.