Mayan Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan
Mayan Temple pyramid of Kukulkan – Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico

One of the most popular destinations in Mexico is the Yucatan Peninsula. It’s the home of many ruins, especially of Mayan culture, and offers the opportunity to see how peoples from past eras actually lived.

It’s located in the southeastern area of Mexico, separating the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico, and has its northern coastline on the Yucatan Channel. It comprises of three Mexican states; Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan. It also contains the northern part of Belize and Guatemala

The most popular of all the ruins sites is Chichen Itza, which is one of the lost cities of the Mayan peoples. It’s strange because it looks like one day people were living there, and the next day they were gone, which opens up a number of questions for archaeologists. Just make sure you have genuine Mexican auto insurance through to prevent very serious problems in an auto accident.

Other sites include:

Dzibanche, known for many temples and rumors of the ghosts of past kings;

Edzna, known for having more carvings than any of the other ruins sites;

Ek Balam, known for its three pyramids containing numerous paintings and sculptures;

Ek Balam
Ek Balam

Uxmal, a large archaeological site known mainly for its architecture

The Yucatan Peninsula is also well known for its centones, or sinkholes, which provides a lot of groundwater to the area and also offers up a unique tourist attraction that brings many visitors to swim in their waters or examine the caves. Because the temperature is relatively consistent and quite nice, it’s accessible year round, even though it’s also considered as being in a hurricane zone.

Of course, if you don’t want to go look at the ruins, you can stay in one of the many resorts each town has developed.

Every city offers traditional Mexican culinary specialties and, of course, lots of shopping. The people are friendly and welcoming, and if you just want to relax, that’s encouraged as well.

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