The Coba Maya Encounter begins with a beautiful hike through the subtropical jungle. (Lysa Allman-Baldwin photos)

The Coba Maya Encounter begins with a beautiful hike through the subtropical jungle. (Lysa Allman-Baldwin photos)

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Mayan history and culture in Mexico

One of the most beautiful areas of Mexico, the Riviera Maya possesses a deep, rich Mayan history—the people who were thought to have risen to prominence around 250 A.D. and were eventually dominated and almost wiped out in the 16th century by the Spanish conquistadors.