The Mayan Archaeological Sites in Yucatan Peninsula
The Mexican Caribbean is a world known tourist destination filled with natural and cultural beauty. Some of the most important attractions are the interesting archaeological site vestiges of the Great Mayan Culture, one of the most enigmatic civilizations that have inhabited the Earth. You will be surprised and will have a close encounter with a culture that is still alive in its people still practicing their ancestors rituals and traditions.
In the Mexican Caribbean and the Yucatan Peninsula there are a lot of magnificent archaeological sites to visit. The Mayan World was expanded along five Mexican states—Campeche, Chiapas, Tabasco, Yucatan & Quintana Roo—and four Central American countries—Belize, Guatemala, Honduras & El Salvador. Cancun and the Riviera Maya are strategic destinations, special doors to the wonderful Mayan World, where the magic is always around.
As an honor to our first post, we present an overview of some of the most important ones:
Chichen Itza “Mouth of the well of the Itzáes”
The well known majestic Mayan archaeological site is located just 2.5 hours from Cancun, in the state of Yucatan. The site was recently named one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, impressing all tourists with the perfection of its ancient buildings, specially the Kukulcan Pyramid, that was built based on stars location -the Mayans were expert scientists, astronomers and architects-.
Ek Balam “The star of the jaguar”
This is another site in Yucatan highly recommended during your stay in the Mexican Caribbean or the Yucatan Peninsula. Here you can find interesting circuits to ride your bike, swim in a natural fresh sinkhole, and admire the mystic of the archaeological zone.
The only archaeological zone raised from a cliff by the ancient Mayans, worshiped by travelers due to its overwhelming views of the Caribbean Sea and the magical vibe of its outstanding buildings.
Cobá “Muddy Waters”
The site possesses the highest pyramid of the Yucatan Peninsula, called the Nohoch-Mul. During your visit you will be able to refresh in a sinkhole and taste Mayan and Yucatecan typical snacks.
Muyil “Place of the Rabbits”
This archaeological site was built in the biosphere of Sian Ka’an reserve. The hotel zone of Tulum is the entrance to this biosphere reserve, where you will find a panoramic tower for breathtaking views of the sea, jungle and sand extensions of this protected natural area.
At the south of the state of Quintana Roo you will find almost unexplored spectacular sites:
- Chacchobén, “red corn”, it has beautiful mural paintings.
- Oxtankah, “ramonal”, because of the trees that surround the area, you will find ancient Mayan buildings used as colonial shelters.
- Kinichná, “the house of the sun”, with beautiful architecture.
- Chakanbakán, “surrounded by savanna”, holding a beautiful lagoon surrounded by constructions.
- Dzibanché, “writing in wood”, where wooden calendar symbols were found.
- Kohunlich, “ridge of the cohune palm”, that boasts the beautiful and magnificent solar masks pyramid.