The Mayans lived in the Yucatan, which is now Mexico. Evidence exists indicating that they also lived in Guatemala, El Salvador, western Honduras and Belize. Mayans existed between the years of 2600 B.C. and 1800 B.C. However, the Mayan empire was in full force between 250 A.D. and 900 A.D.
The Mayans based their civilization around the cities they called Tikal, Shunchucmil, Palenque, Bonampak and Copan. In time, the Mayans entered into trade with other countries as well as nearby cities. During the Mayan empire, construction of buildings took off. There are theories on what became of the Mayans, but no concrete facts exist to explain what brought about the demise of the culture.