Mayan World

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The peninsula of Yucatán in Mexico is not only famous for its lush jungles, picturesque crannies, and capricious alcoves, but also for being the homeland of one of the world’s most agile and erudite cultures in documented history – the Maya. Having inhabited the states of Campeche, Chiapas, Quintana Rao, Tabasco, and Yucatán, the Maya were amazing stars observers, arduous mathematicians, witty artists, and exquisite architects.

In the past, the Maya constructed their gigantic temples with porticoes on which they put the faces of the Gods they worshipped. Under their strict guidance, they built serene cities with enviable systems which were designed to prevent flooding and to preserve rainwater. The Maya mastered the exact sciences and cracked the mysteries of agriculture. With that in hand, and in order to accurately administer their everyday existence and the time to sow, they developed very precise calendars.

If you are in the process of planning your next holidays in Mexico and you are eager to explore this amazing civilization, consider going to Tulum and Coba in Quintana Roo, Palenque and Bonampak in Chiapas, Comalcalco in Tabasco, Calakmul and the Chenes Route in Campeche. The renowned Uxmal and Chichen Itza in Yucatán also deserves your vacation time. The remains of these cities give a piece of live experience of the Maya world, how these people lived, and their intimate connection to the gods and the environment.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Chichen Itza, was listed as one of the “New Seven Wonders of the World”. It is easily the best preserved and the most famous Maya archeological site and is divided into two different architectural zones. The older one is the southern zone and is constructed in the early traditional Puuc Maya style around the 7th century. The central area carries the 10th century spirit of the Toltecs and demonstrates an attractive mixture of the Puuc and the central Mexican architectural styles.

The most imposing tourist attractions and structures are found in the central zone of Chichen Itza. There is located the beautiful Ball Court (Juego de Pelota) and the impressive Pyramid of the Kukulkán (El Castillo) which is a 25-meter stone illustration of the unique Maya calendar. At the top of the Pyramid, you will find the figures of the ferocious Toltec warriors.

Dig deeper in the obscurities of the Maya world at Chichen Itza by exploring the Sacred Cenote (Cenote Sagrado) which is trusted to have been utilized by the Maya people for human sacrifice and other ceremonial purposes.

A breath-taking phenomenon, attracting thousands of tourists, can be witnessed during the spring and autumn equinoxes every year – the sun generates the illusion of a mighty serpent ascending or descending the stairs of El Castillo. The illusion is accompanied by a fantastic light and sound show which takes place at night.

If you like to get into the feet of Indiana Jones and explore the Maya civilization in the heart of the tropical jungles at the backdrop of the Caribbean Sea, then Tulum is your hotspot on the map. The historic Mayan city is constructed on a craggy cliff overlooking the aquamarine waters of the sea. Not only you will be able to enchant yourself with the beauty of the Descending God Temple, The Castle (El Castillo) and the Frescos Temple. You will also have the chance to go for a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters of the Caribbean or sunbathe at its marvelous beaches.

If you are planning your next holiday and you are suffering from a culture lust, then it is time you start organizing your next trip to the ancient Maya sights in Mexico.