Your tour begins in the Education Area. This is where your class will meet their guide and be introduced to the Maya lifestyle, habitat and civilisation including their cultuture and how they were able to build a complex civilisation within the harsh environment of a rainforest.
The Maya were clever mathematicians and astrologers. The Education Area is filled with interpretation showing examples of their number systems and complex calanders.
Your class will now become jungle explorers and go into the Rainforest Flight Area. As they enter they will be surrounded by the same species of butterflies that the Maya would have admired over 2,300 years ago!
In the Discovery Zone see for yourselves crops such as pineapple, avocado and chilli peppers that the Maya farmed in the rainforest and are still being farmed today. Did you know we have the Maya to thank for discovering the cacao bean, the source of delicious chocolate!
The Maya believed that the Gods created wild animals to help guard and protect the rainforest. As you walk through the Butterfly Farm you will find over 30 replicated Maya artefacts including some of their revered Gods.
Look out for Lady K'abel gazing majestically across the Flight Area. She was the military ruler of the Wak kingdom and ruled supremely for 20 years!
Your class will now enter Minibeast Metropolis. The Metropolis is teeming with life and home to one of the largest leafcutting ant colonies in the UK!
Inside the Metropolis there are Maya hieroglyphs and logos painted on the walls. See if your class can decipher what they mean.
There will be opportunities to view and hold creatures that the Maya would of seen in the rainforest thousands of years ago.
Minibeast Metropolis is the place to ask your guide any questions you or your class may have about the Butterfly Farm,the Maya and the creatures that live here.
Your tour will end in Minibeast Metropolis. Your guide will lead you and your class of jungle explorers back through the Rainforest Flight Area to the Education Area where the tour began.
Our new Discover the Maya interpretation board can be found in the Flight Area and gives you an explanation of what the replicated statues are and an insight into the culture and beliefs of the ancient Maya, a complex civilisation that lived and farmed in the rainforests of Central America.