Extending through the Mexican Southeast, and the Northern Central American Region are the ruins of one of the greatest pre-Colombian civilizations; The Maya. Observatories, Temples and Enigmatic structures are silent witnesses of time and history that stand like stoic guards of the Mayan legacy.
Its intriguing cities and vestiges are the most attractive and visited spots in the Mexican Southeast, Belize and Guatemala; that is why we bring you the list with the archaeological sites you simply cannot miss on your visit:
- Bonampak: Located nearby the border between Mexico and Guatemala, in the Lacanja River Valley in the Mexican state of Chiapas, this site is renowned for its well preserved and colourful frescoes that show different aspects of the Mayan culture.
- Chichen Itza: Maybe the most famous Mayan vestige, probably because of the enthralling Experience you can live there at the Spring Equinox, it is an extensive site where you will find impressive buildings, pyramids and a sacred cenote (sinkhole). An outstanding capital city in the past, it is still a sacred place to the Mayan and one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Located in the state of Yucatan, Mexico.
- Coba: With magnificent pyramids, this site has not been fully cleared from the jungle and restored, as it has been discovered that this was one of the largest Mayan settlements. This archaeological site –located east from Chichen Itza in the state of Quintana Roo, Mexico- is a must in your visit to Riviera Maya.
- Copán: Located in the Copán Department of Western Honduras, close to the border with Guatemala, This site is well known for its stelae and sculpted decorations that remain as silent tellers of the Mayan history.
- Ek Balam: An ancient Maya city that reached its glory before Chichen Itza and one of the most important ceremonial centres in the Yucatan Peninsula. Nowadays, one of the most recently restored archaeological sites, with fascinating sculpted decorations and amazing buildings.
- Lamanai: One of the few settlements still inhabited by the Mayans when the Spaniards arrived to the Yucatan Peninsula, It is a stunning archaeological site, most of which still remains hidden in the jungle. Located in the North of Belize.
- Palenque: Considerably smaller than most of the Mayan archaeological sites, within this place you can find some of the finest and architecture and sculptures from this civilization. Located in the Western edge of the Mayan empire in the state of Chiapas in Mexico.
- Tikal: Located in the North of Guatemala, this is an enthralling site where you will find some of the tallest Mayan pyramids, with restored constructions and undiscovered vestiges in the same zone, as this once was one of the largest and most powerful cities.
- Tulum: Your tour through the Mayan vestiges will not be complete without visiting Tulum. Once the major port for the city of Coba, it was built in the later days of the Mayan; with one of the most breathtaking landscapes surrounding it. Located in the East Coast of the Yucatan Peninsula in the state of Quintana Roo.
- Uxmal: An ancient city as important as Chichen Itza and Tikal, this archaeological site is located in the state of Yucatan in Mexico. With unique architecture, this city was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its significance.
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