sabana pilates 2017                            steve mellard

xkom chaka II   20164                               stephan merk

tunkui  2014                             steve mellard

sukte  2014                                                  stephan merk.

lagarto xlapak   2014                                  stephan merk

sabana pilates 2017                         steve mellard

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ruin hunting thru the bush 2014           steve mellard

vena   2014                                                     stephan merk

pulgas  2014                                       stephan merk.

chable 2014                                    lee jones

sacbe 2017                              steve mellard

steve chichen itza 2012

chable 2014

​This site has been set up as an informational/educational website. It's purpose is to inform those who not only plan a trip to the Maya area, but also for those who care to learn more about this exciting culture.


The site has been put together by Steve Mellard. Steve visited his first Maya site, Tazumal in El Salvador, back in the mid 1970’s. His travels have taken him to every country that has been part of the Maya World. He has visited many of the ruins sites discussed on this website, along with many others still to be included.


Steve made his most recent trip to the Yucatan in Oct/Nov 2017. Several sites were visited. Updates on past sites were noted, and new sites were investigated.

A portion of the visit was spent once again with Stephan Merk, noted Maya researcher. The first site visited with him was Sabana Pilates. This site is located deep in the sub-tropical forests of Campeche state, and is noted for its exquisite hieroglyphic stairway. Though this site had been known since the 1970’s, the stairway was only discovered by Stephan in 2009. The arduous trek was well worth the effort! The area surrounding this site has been the subject of two well-received books by Stephan entitled The Long Silence, and The Long Silence (2). Both books are a good read for those who would like a more in-depth and scholarly report on the area, and the numerous ruins reported on therein.


The next site visited with Stephan was the large site of Dzekilne. Again, this site was deep in the forest. Some structures had some nice standing architecture, while others were in an entirely overgrown state. Measurements and notes were taken by Stephan.

The last site with Stephan was in Yucatan state, south of Santa Elena. Sacbe is a small, yet beautiful site. It is not too deep into the forest, but take a wrong path and one could be lost for hours! 


An earlier trip was made in April/May 2016. Over 25 ruins sites were visited. Again, updates on past sites were noted, and new sites were investigated. The Coba-Yaxuna sacbe (raised white stone road) was explored. The original plan was to hike the entire 62 mile/100 km length. This proved impossible as the undergrowth was so thick that after 4 miles Steve was forced turn back. An attempt was made to enter the sacbe from a different point, but this too had the same poor result after a mile or so. Going in the opposite direction, Steve and his guide were forced to retreat after coming upon an Africanized killer bee nest in the middle of the sacbe. The sacbe itself is an engineering marvel. Read more about it in Steve's informal report here under the heading "Mexico", then "Coba-Yaxuna Sacbe" 


In 2014 Steve had the privilege to accompany an outstanding group of renowned researchers on their continued work in the northern area of the state of Campeche.  This group included Stephan Merk, Karl Herbert Mayer, Lee Jones, and blogger Eduardo Gonzales. Stephan Merk, as already mentioned, is a respected Mayan researcher, author and journalist. Karl Herbert Mayer is an acclaimed Mayan researcher with over five decades of field work. He has authored countless articles, publications and reports, and has been the recipient of international awards and honors. Lee Jones has been a team member of numerous explorations and investigations throughout the Maya area during the last few decades. He has written a number of informative reports. Eduardo Gonzales is a well-known Mayan ruins blogger, whose blogs have a huge following in Mexico and beyond.


It was a great field trip stomping through the sub-tropical forest investigating undocumented sites, and others rarely visited.

The understanding of the ancient Maya culture is growing every year through new discoveries, and new interpretations of old material and theories. It is an exciting time to have an interest in this dynamic culture, both past and present! 

yakalxiu  2014                                      stephan merk

lagarto xlapak    2014                                     stephan merk

dzekilne 2017                                        steve mellard

​​​​​welcome to the mayan ruins website .