Mexico’s Mayan Ruins: What to See?


When beach lovers think of Mexico, they may automatically think of its perfect position on the Caribbean Sea and the white sandy beaches that can be found at its popular beach resorts, such as Cancun and Playa del Carmen. However, seasoned travellers who love the taste of adventure will know that Mexico holidays offer much more than simply sun, sea and sand (not that there’s anything wrong with that, though!)

Mexico played a crucial role in the ancient Mayan civilisation and, as such, there are an abundance of breathtaking ruins remaining nowadays that give people the chance to be blown away by the architecture, culture and history that surrounds this beautiful country. As far as tourism is concerned, the Yucatán Peninsula is probably the most prolific site with regards to Mayan ruins, home to a great deal of intriguing historical attractions begging to be explored during your next holiday to Mexico.

As one of the most popular sites to visit, the Chichen Itza is highly recommended. Home to Kukulkan, the ancient pyramid temple, this UNESCO site is just a short drive away from Valladolid and, while it’s incredibly popular, it’s an absolute must-see. Head there at the crack of dawn to beat the hordes.

Tulum can be found on the shores of the peninsula and, while the ruins themselves aren’t as prolific as others in the area, if you combine a visit to them with a chance to appreciate the surroundings themselves, you’ll understand why it’s well worth a trip. Meanwhile, the UNESCO site of Uxmal is home to the Pyramid of the Magician, and Ek Balam is the site of a humungous pyramid whose steps can still be climbed – if you’re not too fussed about contributing towards their erosion, anyway!

Whether you opt for tourist favourites or choose to head away from the beaten track, Mexico holidays are full of intrigue and wonder waiting to be discovered.




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  1. jim johnston says:

    I was just in Chichen Itzá last week and found it a rather depressing experience. We went in late afternoon and the crowds were not too bad, but they have allowed vendors to set up everywhere, right up to the ruins themselves, loudly hawking their souvenirs. It’s really a shame.
    Ek Balam, about 30 minutes north of Valladolid, was much better.

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