Category: Ruins

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Tulum Ruins: History With a View

If you’ve heard of the Riviera Maya, chances are you’ve heard of Tulum. Its ruins are the most visited in the whole of the Yucatan Peninsula, and the views of the turquoise ocean below seem to be taken right out of someone’s fantasy. Trust us—there’s a reason we named our company after this place. Tulum’s…
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Uxmal in Yucatan: Come for the Pyramid. Stay for the Light Show.

Uxmal in Yucatan is another one of those places in the Yucatan Peninsula that you’ve probably heard mentioned more than once. With a population of around 20,000, it used to be one of the largest cities here. As you can guess, there’s quite a lot to see here. It is one of the most important…
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El Rey Ruins

El Rey: A Bite-Sized Archeological Site

This is not the biggest archeological site in the Riviera Maya, for sure, but El Rey’s location—right in the middle of Cancun’s hotel zone—might be its biggest advantage. It’s a great place to see if you want to do a little bit of everything or you’re planning to go to other, bigger sites, like Chichen…
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Discover Kohunlich

Kohunlich. This is it. Surrounded by jungle, moss growing on the rocks, and the many sounds of the animals hiding among the vegetation, this is the image you get when you think of lost ancient ruins. But don’t dust off your fedora hat and whip just yet. Thanks to modernity, you only need a comfy…
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Yaxchilan Has a Story to Tell

It seems that all the settlements along the Usumacinta River were destined to do two things: become large and important, and fight it out forever. Yaxchilan is another of these cities along the shores of the river that’s also home to Bonampak and Palenque. Sure, it has big and impressive structures like the others, but…
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The Giant Serpent Mouth at Chicanna

It’s hard not to overuse the word “mystical” when you’re describing Mayan archeological sites. It’s even harder not to use it here, as Chicanna was almost exclusively dedicated to the worship of gods, as is obvious by its various temples. Oh, and by that door that forms a gigantic fanged snake’s mouth that led to…
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Standing in Uxmal’s Shadow: Kabah, Labna and Sayil

Standing in the shadow of Uxmal—in more ways than one—lie three smaller archeological zones: Sayil, Labna, and Kabah. Though their buildings show a lot of similarities, they were established at three different times. The only common denominator is their devotion to the god of rain, Chac. Any visit to Uxmal might not feel quite complete…
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Palenque: The Key to Mayan History

A UNESCO Heritage site, Palenque is probably the most famous archeological site in Mexico, second only to Tenochtitlan, and certainly one of the most beautiful. As the grass covers the top of the different buildings’ platforms, it has the perfect blend between the jungle’s green and the stone slabs’ gray. It’s a design choice that…
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Mayapan: The Last Great Mayan Capital City

Origins are important, but so are endings. With about 12,000 residents within its city walls, Mayapan is thought to be the last Mayan capital, still active when the Spanish arrived. 4,000 structures have been found here, as well as 26 cenotes, freshwater sinkholes used in agriculture. No doubt, at one point, this was a living,…
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Ezná: Chichen Itzá and Uxmal are not the only ruins to see

Perhaps it is not as famous as Chichen Itzá and Uxmal, but Ezná is no less striking. With its impressive and well-kept structures, you’re bound to find it mentioned in many must-see Riviera Maya ruins checklists. Where is Ezná? Glad you asked—this is important. Ezná is in Campeche, which is a whole different state. If…
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