Freedom8 Mesoamerica


is located on the Guatemala - Chiapas border just south of the Volcano Tacana near the city of Tapachula. Izapa is also very close to the Pacific Ocean. The location of this city had large consequences for the inhabitants since it was far removed from the rest of the empire. Its closest Mayan neighbor was far away which in those days was a journey that could only be taken by foot, since the Maya did not use the wheel or beasts of burden for transport. The city is very old in terms of the civilization and flourished from around 300 B.C. to 50 A.D. While the city was far removed from the "empire" it still was very Mayan in architecture and contained temples, large stairways and monuments containing hieroglyphics of calendars. The site is large (nearly .5 square mile).