Ancient Mayan Cities in Mexico and Central America

Ancient Mayan Cities

Ancient Mayan Cities. If you would like to see some of the most beautiful Mayan Cities in the world. Central America and Mexico have a lot to offer. Here are some samples:

Jungle Mayan Cities in Guatemala

Many of the best Mayan sites of Central America are in Guatemala. In the northern part of the country. 

Tikal, one the largest ancient Mayan cities of Central America, is one such place. The tree-covered temples and palaces at Tikal are truly old. They have been there for more than a millennia. 

Yaxha, the third largest Mayan city in the lowlands of Guatemala. It is another impressive site. It boasts more than 500 structures, including 40 steles, 13 altars, 9 temples, and 2 ball courts.

Woman alone exploring ancient Mayan Cities. Guatemala.
Woman alone exploring ancient jungle ruins. Guatemala.

Another beautiful site located deep in the jungles of the Mayan Biosphere is El Mirador. The main pyramid is the largest in the world in terms of volume. It is not possible to travel to these ruins by road. Travelers need to  take a five day jungle trek, or a helicopter tour.

Great view of temple one and temple two from the top of temple four in the Mayan City of Tikal, Guatemala. Jungle Tours.
Tikal ruins in Guatemala with thick jungle.

Mayan City of Chichen Itza, Mexico

Mayan City of Chichen Itza in Mexico is home of the huge Pyramid of The Castle. The Castle Pyramid is one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It was one of the great Mayan cities. It is still today one of the most popular travelers Mayan cities in Mexico.

The pyramid of The Castle in Chichen Itza Mexico.
The pyramid of The Castle in Chichen Itza Mexico.

Mayan City of Copan, Honduras

In Honduras, Copan is one of the most important Mayan cities to have been rediscovered.  It has been designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. With its temples, plazas, and terraces, Copan is one of the most characteristic Mayan sites. 

The archaeologists consider Copan to have been a major cultural center – a sort of Paris of the Mayan World. The site served as the political and civic center of the valley in which it sits.  It has many well-preserved pictographs and sculptures.  

View of the ball game in the archaeological site of Copan in a Honduras tour
The Mayan ruins of Copan, Honduras

Just as impressive as these Mayan ruins are the wildlife and nature found in and around the sites.  Visitors to ancient Mayan cities can admire an exotic menagerie of plants, birds and insects that live amongst the ruins.