Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula is home to some of the world’s most amazing archaeological sights,many of which are situated close to the stunning Riviera Maya,which is home to such vacation and expat hotspots as Cancun,Playa del Carmen and Tulum,which also happens to be home to the only seaside Mayan pyramid in Mexico. As one of the safest and most beautiful places in all of Mexico real estate,the Yucatán once was home to many thriving cities,serving as a home base of sorts for the powerful Mayan civilization. During modern times the region has given rise to a renewed fascination with the end of the Mayan calendar,which was scheduled to take place in December of 2012.
In addition to the ruins of Chichén Itzá,which remains one of the biggest attractions in the Yucatán and the world,there are a wide variety of other sites that are worth considering for a visit. Due to its popularity,the pyramid at Chichén Itzá is now off limits to protect it from damage,but many of the other sites still allow visitors to tread on the sacred ground of the ancient Mayan priests.
One good example is the Great Temple of Uxmal,which is older than Peru’s Machu Picchu and lies about 50 miles south of the expat haven of Merida. This stunning ancient structure rises more than 100 feet above ground at the highest point. From here,visitors can marvel at other ancient stone structures jutting up through the forest canopy,such as the Pyramid of the Magician,the Nunnery Quadrangle and the House of the Governor.
Just down the road from Uxmal is a long wall that is crowded with wide-eyed,stone faces to honor Chac,the Mayan raid god,and nearby at Labná an ancient Mayan portal leading to nowhere is still standing as a haunting reminder of the mysterious rituals of this captivating culture.
The ruins of Cobá are also an excellent choice for any visitor. Situated in the state of Quintana Roo,not far from the Riviera Maya,this site is home to a number of sprawling ruins in an archaeological site that is so vast that bikes remain the best way to get from one spot to another. Here,you can climb to the top of Nohoch Mul,a pyramid with 120 steep steps,to survey the region’s flat,dense tropical landscape.
Considering that the Yucatán only had two drug-related deaths in 2011,a number that is much lower than most major U.S. cities,it’s not surprising that tourists from around the world are flocking to this region in record numbers. Since explorers began writing about the many ruins here in earnest during the early to mid 1800s,the region’s popularity has exploded,becoming the subject of everything from famous artwork to Hollywood blockbusters.
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