Ancient Mayan Cities in Mexico and Central America

If you’d like to see some of the most beautiful Mayan ruins in the world, Central America and Mexico have a lot to offer.

Many of Central America’s best Mayan sites are found in Guatemala.  Many of Guatemala’s most attractive ruins are found in the northern part of the country. Tikal, the largest ancient city of Central America, is one such place. The tree-covered temples and palaces at Tikal are truly old; they’ve been there for more than a millennia. Yaxha, the third largest Mayan city known in the lowlands of Guatemala, is another impressive ruin. It boasts more than 500 structure, including 40 steles, 13 altars, 9 temples, and 2 Mesoamerican ball courts.  Another beautiful site located deep in the jungles of El Petén’s is El Mirador, whose pyramid is the largest in the Americas. El Mirador cannot be accessed by roads; you need to hike there or fly via helicopter or small plane.

Chichen Itza, Mexico

In Honduras, Copan is one of the most important Mayan sites to have been rediscovered. It has been designated as a World Heritage Site by the UNESCO.  With its temples, plazas, and terraces, Copan is one of the most characteristic Mayan sites which you can visit. The archaeologists consider Copán 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.

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

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