In the vast tapestry of Mesoamerican history, the Olmecs and the Mayans shine like two bright stars at different times. While the Mayans have captivated global interest with their pyramids, hieroglyphic writing, and sophisticated calendars, the Olmecs are the precursors, the original architects of the cultural wealth that flourished in this region. Did you know that the Olmec civilization preceded the Maya by several centuries?
The Olmecs, who emerged around 1200 B.C., were the pioneers of civilization in Mesoamerica. They established complex social structures, advanced agricultural systems, and left behind a monumental artistic legacy that influenced later cultures, including the Mayans.
Tabasco: Cradle of the Olmecs
Tabasco was the heart of Olmec Culture. Its ancient cities, like La Venta, represent the grandeur of this civilization. The Olmecs not only erected imposing monuments but also established a complex network of trade and practiced sophisticated agricultural techniques.
The Mayan Train: A Journey Through Time
As the Mayan Train progresses through the state of Tabasco, it traverses territories where the Olmecs left their indelible mark. This railway route becomes a modern portal that connects remnants of the past with the present, allowing travelers to immerse themselves in the cultural and archaeological richness of the region.
Rescuing Olmec History
With the Mayan Train as a means of access, a unique opportunity arises to discover and preserve Olmec archaeological sites. This initiative not only boosts tourism but also promotes the appreciation and conservation of an ancient legacy lying in the depths of State of Tabasco.