Much can be said, and has been said about the Maya Civilization and plenty of sites such as Chichen Itza, Tikal, Quirigua and Copan are visited by millions each year. Much of what we know about them is being re-written today with the new discoveries at Mirador Basin. Having worked for over 20 years at the site, US Archeologist Dr. Richard Hansen leads the project and has discovered among other incredible facts, that the biggest cities in the empire were fully inhabited during the Pre-Classic Period. Our limited knowledge before stated that big cities started in the Classic Period, some 1,500 years after they actually did! A huge effort is underway to learn, protect and preserve the area from threats such as deforestation, narco activities and looters. To learn more about this incredible endeavor visit Mirador Basin.