UNESCO is one of the international identities that has a determining weight in destinations. Being listed as UNESCO Heritage is an invaluable asset due to the interest that these places arouse.

La UNESCO (Organization of the United Nations for Education and Culture) is an international organization that depends on the ONU. The nomination of a place like Heritage is invaluable because of the interest that these sites arouse, preserving them and spreading their cultural or natural importance, becoming places of great value to Humanity.

There are trips that are organized exclusively to visit UNESCO heritage sites, they acquire that fame, as is. The Heritage categories are divided into three main groups: cultural, natural y cultural / natural (mixed)

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The 10 countries that have the most assets in 2014 UNESCO These are the following: Italy (49), China (45), Spain (44), France (38), Germany (38), Mexico (32), India (30), United Kingdom (28), Russia (25) and United States (21).

UNESCO Heritage Mexico in Mayan lands: Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas

Mexico, along with Guatemala, El Salvador, Belize and Honduras are the current countries that once formed the lands where the Mayan civilization. Let's see what places are Unesco heritage in Mexico in the Mayan lands. The current states of Tabasco, Chiapas, Yucatan, Quintana Roo and Campeche of Mexico today make up what was part of the territory of the ancient Maya.



Mayan pre-Hispanic city and National Park of Palenque (1987)

The first pre-Hispanic settlement in the Mayan area to be named a Unesco Heritage. An impressive place deep in the jungle, full of Mayan treasures where you can delight in the landscape and culture.

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Prehispanic Mayan city of Chichén Itzá (1988)

The Kukulcán temple gathers the mathematical and astronomical knowledge applied in the temple's architecture. Pure scientific beauty where you can admire the knowledge of the ancient Mayan. Deserved recognition as a Unesco cultural heritage.

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Prehispanic Mayan city of Uxmal (1996)

Another pre-Hispanic gem where you can enjoy the finest and most elaborate architecture of the ancient Mayan. Uxmal is a cultural gem where you can enjoy your journey through Mayan lands.

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Fortified city of San Francisco de Campeche (1999)

One of the most beautiful colonial cities that you can enjoy on your trip through these lands. Essential stop to enjoy the stroll, the local culture, restaurants, shops, sunsets on the boardwalk. Campeche is a hottie on your way.



Parachicos from Chiapa de Corzo (2010).

Every year from January 4 to 23, a great party is celebrated in the community of Chiapa de Corzo that includes dances, music, sale of artisan products and the performance of different Catholic ceremonies, especially dedicated to Saint Anthony, the Lord of Esquipulas, and to San Sebastián. It is in this picturesque setting where the Dance of the Parachicos is performed, which is performed as an offering to the mentioned religious figures. It starts early in the morning and ends late at night. Source

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Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve (1987)

Mexico has 41 biosphere reserves recognized by the UN as natural spaces. Sian Ka'an is home to 800 species of plants and flowers, 346 varieties of birds and 101 species of mammals. In addition there are 23 pre-Hispanic settlements.

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Mayan prehispanic city Calakmul and Calakmul Biosphere Reserve (2002)

In 2002 Calakmul was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, which expanded that recognition in 2014 as a mixed legacy, that is, Natural and Cultural Heritage of Humanity. One of the unmissable corners where you can enjoy a colossal city and the natural environment.

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We leave you one Full list Unesco Heritage sites. If you travel to these Mayan lands, you know what corners not to miss. That you enjoy the patrimonies of all.

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Sandra Salvadó Training photographer, traveler by vocation and certified tourism guide by the Government of Mexico. We promote natural wonders and contemporary Mayan culture. Great fan of pre-Hispanic history. Author of the blog and co-founder of The Shortest Path Travel, agency that guides you through alternative paths in Mayan lands. Social and sustainable tourism in the Yucatan Peninsula and Chiapas.
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