Trade was important activity on the regional level
and with more distant areas of Maya zone and
Trade routes were established between different
places for transporting vanilla, rubber, feathers,
jaguar skins, tobacco and honey.
For moving shells, dried fish and pearls from Gulf
Coast to Central Mexico, Chiapas highlands,
Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama,
these routes were used.
This trade was under the supervision of merchants,
belonging to the nobility, whose products were
carried by slaves along land routes or sent by
river and sea in large canoes.
Trade was usually carried out by exchanging
different products, although cacao beans were also
used as currency.