Maya Civilization

Mexico's Cultural Treasures

Mexico City's impressive National Museum of Anthropology showcases the region's endlessly rich and diverse pre-Columbian cultural heritage.
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A Beautiful Underground Oasis at Cenote Dzitnup

Cenote Xkeken, near Valladolid, is one of the prettiest of the 3,000 or so underground cenotes scattered across Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
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Coba's Mayan Ruins on the Maya Riviera

You'd never know it today, but Coba, on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula, was once an important and powerful Mayan city. But it has long been in ruins.
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The Mighty Maya City of Tikal

Tikal, in northern Guatemala, was once one the largest and most powerful of the Maya cities. Today it has been most taken over by jungle.
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A Caribbean Island 100 Miles from the Sea

I'm on a real Caribbean island. But it's 100 miles from the sea. Flores is a tiny island village in Guatemala's Lake Peten Itza. It makes for a convenient jumping off point for visiting the nearby Maya ruins of Tikal.
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Tulum, The Original Maya Riviera

There are many Maya civilization sites on the Yucatan Peninsula, but none has a more beautiful location than Tulum, not far from Cancun.
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Ek Balam, Maya City of the Jaguar

It might not be for the vertigo-challenged, but getting to the top of the Acropolis at Ek Balam is definitely worth the effort. It is, quite literally, a view fit for a king.
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A Colonial Town in the Heart of Maya Yucatan

Valladolid is a place to stop and savor. A charming Spanish colonial town in the center of the Yucatán Peninsula, it's within easy striking distance of Cancun and Merida.
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Chichen Itza's Maya Ruins

Chichen Itza is one of the most famous, most impressive, and most visited of the Mayan ruins sites on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.
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