We are passionate about the Mayan cities, discovering archeological zones is one of our passions in these lands. We hope that our experience helps you in the territory of the ancient Maya.
Given that personal lists are just that, I venture to make mine, which danced a lot in my head with so many beautiful cities to choose from. I understand that it is something that helps the traveler with less travel in the area to plan their route.
There are some that I have not visited as Copán in Honduras or El Mirador y Yaxhá in Guatemala, which would surely enter this list. In addition I expect many other surprises that we have to discover since this vice has no end.
Content of the article
- 11 unmissable Mayan cities:
- 1-Tikal, Petén. Guatemala.
- 2-Yaxchilán, Chiapas. Mexico.
- 3-Palenque, Chiapas. Mexico.
- 4-Caracol, Cayo. Belize
- 5-Calakmul, Campeche. Mexico.
- 6-Uxmal, Yucatan. Mexico.
- 7-Piedras Negras, Petén. Guatemala.
- 8-Lamanai, Orange Walk. Belize
- 9-Kohunlich, Quintana Roo. Mexico.
- 10-Toniná, Chiapas. Mexico.
- 11-Chichen Itza, Yucatan. Mexico.
11 unmissable Mayan cities:
There are different reasons that we choose when choosing: from the beauty of the architecture and the environment, the notorious findings, the adventure that comes to reach them, the possibility of seeing wildlife and also for the exquisite memories that are marked when you visit them .
Explore the Mayan archeological zones of Mexico
1-Tikal, Petén. Guatemala.
Tikal combines all the qualities to be of the most impressive archaeological zones of the Planet, not only of the Mayan world. Located in the jungle of Petén, one of the most leafy and lively areas of America, you will see animals walking around Tikal.
Its historical relevance in finds such as stelae and the tombs of the Lost World. The good state of conservation and the Architectural excellence of its buildings are other essential features to make Tikal a great tourist destination. The view from the IV temple is colossal.
2-Yaxchilán, Chiapas. Mexico.
Yaxchilan is another of the ancient Mayan cities that combines everything. Arriving by boat sailing the Usumacinta to these ruins engulfed in the jungle is superb. Here you can see and listen to the saraguatos monkeys, a gift.
Their Relevant findings and being able to admire the originals that this place preserves, such as its wonderful lintels. Yaxchilán satisfies the traveler's desire for adventure.
3-Palenque, Chiapas. Mexico.
Palenque is another architectural jewel of the Mayan civilization, one of the colossal Mayan cities. Here you will enjoy the natural environment, the fauna and the views of this unmissable place.
The findings of tombs, including those of the great governor Pakal, the stelae and countless decorations and pieces make this place an exquisite destination for history lovers. Its good museum is worth visiting.
4-Caracol, Cayo. Belize
Caracol is immersed in the Petén jungle, where many of the great Mayan cities of the Classic Period grew (from 200 to 900 AD). A road that runs through different jungle landscapes takes you to this city of colossal buildings. If you made this exclusive road to Caracol, believe me it is worth getting here.
Its importance in findings such as burials and stelae, the sublime nature that surrounds it, animals and the wonderful views of Petén makes Caracol a dream come true.
5-Calakmul, Campeche. Mexico.
Calakmul is located in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, another one of those roads made exclusively to reach a place.
60 kilometers that lead you to this unmissable Mayan city, with spectacular views and buildings. The monkeys are the inhabitants of the pyramids, your visit will give you the feeling of being in a unique place, and so it is.
6-Uxmal, Yucatán. Mexico.
Uxmal It is of an incredible beauty within the most beautiful Mayan architectural style in my opinion, puke. In Uxmal you can perfectly appreciate their sense of geometry, the alignments, the elaborate decorations, the harmony in the construction and logical distribution of buildings, all faced according to their cosmogonic vision.
The views from the Great Pyramid They are an enjoyment, and each of Uxmal's looks gives you a gift of harmony.
7-Piedras Negras, Petén. Guatemala.
Piedras Negras It was another dream come true and something unrepeatable for the adventure that comes. On a long boat ride through the Usumacinta and see one of those places where studies of its stelae began to profile the knowledge of Mayan writing.
A real adventurous rush to tour its collapsed buildings engulfed in the jungle. Wildlife, jungle and adventure, a perfect cocktail on your trip.
8-Lamanai, Orange Walk. Belize
Lamanai has been one of the pleasant surprises on our way. The arrival by boat on a one-hour tour, its natural jungle environment, the presence of animals. The views from the High Temple o Castle from where you can enjoy the landscape at 33 meters high. The Temple of the Masks and his reconstructed mask is a delight.
Another perfect cocktail that does not leave the traveler indifferent, an unforgettable and surprising place.
9-Kohunlich, Quintana Roo. Mexico.
Kohunlich for us is one of the fascinating Mayan cities. Its impressive masks give you an opportunity on site to see how beautiful ancient temples embellished.
But also its walk between the palms of the place give a different landscape in your tour of Mayan lands. The possibility of seeing mines and other animals, and the loneliness that normally accompanies your journey through the vestige makes it perfect.
10Toniná, Chiapas. Mexico.
Tonina It is another of my pleasant surprises along the way, a place of great importance in finds such as lintels, steles and ceramics that have brought great knowledge to the puzzle of the Mayan civilization.
The views of the Ocosingo Valley from its colossal structure that grows to the 70 meters are wonderful. Here you feel a true ahau.
11-Chichen Itza, Yucatan. Mexico.
Chichen Itza has a wonderful architecture and greatness that catches in spite of how tourist it is, something that remains a little in my case. It is also easy to visit Chichen without the crowd, and enjoy the great buildings.
The imposing temple of Kukulkan is a true jewel in the Mayan world. Chichen is impressive, especially if you know his architectural and astronomical achievements.
We recommend if you travel for free to visit at least one of the Mayan cities with a guide. The visit will make it much more interesting. The knowledge that a versed person can bring you in the Mayan world will make you see with other eyes this fascinating world of Mayan civilization.
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