Chichen Itza and the Archaeological Sites of the Mayan World

Chichen Itza and  the legacy of the Mayan civilization extends from the Southeast of Mexico to the North region of Central America. Its famous observatories, temples and enigmatic structures are silent witnesses of time and history.

The Mayan people left some ancestral cities such as Chichén Itzá and the sister cities. Its fascinating cities and vestiges are among the most popular places in the Mexican southeast, Belize and Guatemala.

So to help you plan your trip, we list the 10 sites that you simply cannot miss on your next vacation:

Bonampak

Situated near the Mexican border with Guatemala, in the Lacanja river valley in the Mexican state of Chiapas.  Here you will find colorful murals detailing different aspects of Mayan life and culture.

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Chichen Itza

The most famous Mayan archeological site for being one of the 7 New Wonders of the World.  Noted for the incredible experience you can experience during the spring equinox. Here you will find impressive buildings, pyramids and a sacred cenote. You will find Chichen in the state of Yucatan, Mexico.

Ek Balam

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An important Mayan settlement that reached its glory long before Chichen Itza.  This ceremonial center located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, has been recently restored, with incredible sculpted rock decorations and buildings.

Lamanai

One of the few Mayan settlements that were still inhabited when the Spaniards arrived in the Yucatan peninsula. A surprising site that intermingles with the jungle north of Belize.

Palenque

The smallest of the sites in this list.  Here you can find elaborate sculptures and impressive architecture. Located in the extreme west of the Mayan empire in the state of Chiapas in Mexico.

Tikal

This amazing archaeological site overlooks the emerald sea in the jungle of northern Guatemala. Here you will find some of the highest pyramids in the Mayan empire. Some of the buildings have only recently been discovered.  This is one of the most important Mayan cities.

Tulum

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Your journey through the Mayan world would not be complete without visiting this wonderful ruins site. It was the main port of the city of Coba. Located on a cliff facing the Caribbean on the East Coast of the Riviera Maya in the state of Quintana Roo, this is a place with unmissable landscapes.

Uxmal

In ancient times it was a city as important as Chichen Itzá and Tikal, Its unique architecture and transcendence make a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  You can find it in the state of Yucatan, Mexico.

Plan your next vacation and get ready to explore the secrets and wonders of the enigmatic Mayan culture, with tours and transfers that include visits to different sites and professional guides that will take you to enjoy the mysticism of these sites to the maximum. Share  your experience with us!

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