fun things to do with kids in yucatan peninsula mexico   Travel for Kids
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The Yucatan Peninsula

Chichen Itza
Cancun and the beach resorts are popular destinations on the Yucatan Peninsula, but beyond the beach there is a world of the Maya, one of the great civilizations of Latin America. Mayan cities were mysteriously deserted and later, when the Spanish came, thousands of Mayan books were destroyed. The Maya ruins of ancient cities are just a fascinating place to explore with kids.
  Caribbean Coast
    Chichen Itza
    Merida
    More Maya Ruins
    Flamingo Reserves
   

Shopping

     

The Yucatan Peninsula has an abundance of fun shopping, with many different "artisanas" products. Look for panama hats and big Mexican sombreros (they roll up to travel easily), embroidered blouses and dresses, silver jewelry, small carved stone animals or Mayan pyramids, dolls, flutes and drums. For the lazy life, bring home a hammock. And, everywhere you go, you'll hear music. Bring back music CDs to remind you of your travels.

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Rain Player  
Rain Player
David Wisniewski

Pik, challenges the mighty god Chac to a ball game – if Pik wins, Chac will bring the rain. A jaguar, quetzal bird and the sacred cenote help Pik win against Chac. Dazzling cut-paper illustrations. (Picture book)

 

     

Super introduction to ancient Maya daily life and history, calendar and hieroglyphs, gods and sacrifices, plus 25 activities and crafts – make a clay drinking cup, royal jewelry, or burial mask, cook tortillas, count with Maya numbers, and more. (Activity book)

 

 
Maya: Amazing Inventions You Can Build Yourself childrens books guatemala
     
the chocolate tree  
The Chocolate Tree
Linda Lowery, Richard Keep, Janice Lee Porter

In this Maya folktale, chocolate was the favorite food of the gods in paradise. Kukulkan helped the people of earth bringing corn, music, the Maya calendar, and then he gave them seeds from cacao tree, so they too could eat chocolate. (Easy reader)

 

     

Action-packed retelling of a Mayan myth, in graphic novel format. Twin brothers "Hunter" and "Jaguar Deer" challenge the Lords of Death, outsmarting and beating them at their own game. (Graphic novel)

 

 
The Hero Twins - kids books Guatemala
     
The Well of Sacrifice
 

Eveningstar Macaw defies the evil influence of the Mayan high priest, Great Skull Zero. After the high priest sacrifices her brother, she herself is thrown into the sacred well, but survives and returns with a message from the gods. (Chapter book)

 

     
Me Oh Maya
Jon Scieszka, Adam McCauley

Hilarious adventures of the Time Warp Trio, Fred, Joe and Sam, as they are warped to the Maya ball court at Chichen Itza. When the High Priest of Chichen Itza ("Chicken Pizza") declares the boys a sacrifice to the harvest, it's time for the trio to play ball. (Easy reader)

 

 
Me Oh Maya!
     
Mario's Mayan Journey  
Mario's Mayan Journey
Michelle McCunney

In his dreams, Mario flies with the flamingos to Chichen Itza, explores the rivers and jungle around the Mayan ruins, listening to the sounds of howler monkeys, jaguars and macaws. (Picture book)

 

(More children's books on other Mexico pages)
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