La Ruta Maya

La Ruta Maya 2001: An Expedition of Discovery
Story by Tracy Hindman
Photos by Nathan Hindman

La Ruta Maya: the Mayan Route. It isn’t a specific road marked on any map. Rather it exists as a series of roads and primitive jungle tracks linking the ruins of the once great Mayan Civilization in Central America.

Originally conceptualized by a former editor of the National Geographic magazine, La Ruta Maya is a region through which eco-tourists and adventurers can visit most of the major Mayan Ruins. La Ruta Maya stretches from the Yucatan region of southern Mexico, through Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and into El Salvador.

2001 Expedition

In the summer of 2001, Nathan and Tracy, along with Dustin Hindman and Tracy’s parents piled into two Land Rover Discoveries (the inaugural expedition for the Pangaea “Camel” truck) and headed down to Belize in La Ruta Maya: A Jungle Odyssey. Click on any of the “Days” below for the photo gallery and diary from this expedition.


Day 1 – Houston, TX to Brownsville, TX

Day 2 – Brownsville to Tampico, Mexico

Day 3 – Tampico to Villahermosa

Day 4 – Villahermosa to Playa del Carmen

Day 5 – Playa del Carmen to Corozal, Belize

Day 6 – Corozal to Tikal, Guatemala

Day 7 – Tikal

Day 8 – Tikal to Blancaneaux, Belize

Day 9 – Blancaneaux (Cave canoeing)

Day 10 – Blancaneaux (Four-wheeling)

Day 11 – Blancaneaux (Xuantanich)

Epilogue (the drive home)

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