Looks like everybody is talking about the Mayas these days. A lot of things have been said about the end of the 13th Baktun.
Well, I think it is the perfect moment to remember the Mayan ruins I have visited (goes with the recounts I have been doing to celebrate this blog’s second anniversary). Most of these have been featured here. Feel free to click on the links to learn more.
The fame of Mexico’s most famous Mayan site does not eclipse its beauty and grandeur.
The buildings in this archeological site are not impressive by themselves (sometimes I don’t understand what all the fuss is about). Its location next to the Caribbean is what gives the ruins an opportunity to shine.
These small ruins are located in Cancun’s hotel zone. I ended up here after being very bored in Cancun’s segregated beaches.
One of my favorite ruins! The great acropolis with its dancing jaguars and monster mouths is impressive. Plus, the red macaws flying around give the place a cheerful note.
This is the place the lords of Copan called home. It provides a great opportunity to observe how ancient Mayas used to live.
These are probably the most “dangerous” ruins I have visited. Soldiers escorted our bus thru the jungle. Anyway, ascending to the top of Canaa, the tallest man made structure in Belize, was awesome.
The “Place of the Ticks” is located near the town of San Ignacio in Belize’s Cayo District. This is the place to go if you want to have an entire Mayan site all to yourself.
Actun Tunichil Muknal
The “ATM” Cave is considered an archeological site because it was used by Mayas for rituals and sacrifices. Skeletons and pottery are visible in the dry part of the cave.
This small site is located in the western part of El Salvador. It is the only site I have seen where they let people play soccer next to the ruins.
Tikal is easy to describe with words. It is one of those places you “must” visit. These are my favorite Mayan ruins.
What are your favorite ruins? Let me know in the comments section below.