Mayan Ruins Private Tours
When you visit Cancun, you’ll find that remnants of the Maya civilization can be found everywhere around you, even in the city itself. One of the most exciting tourist attractions near the city is Tulum, the third most-visited archaeological site in Mexico. It features the ruins of a Maya walled city that sit atop breathtaking cliffs overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Tulum is one of the best preserved Maya coastal sites, likely because it was one of the last cities they built. You won’t want to miss the chance to explore its history and take in its spectacular views.
If you have plenty of time to explore everything the Yucatán has to offer, then make sure to visit Chichen Itza, which is an even more popular tourist destination than Tulum. It was one of the largest cities ever built by the Maya, and features a diverse variety of architectural styles. The archaeological site includes fascinating structures like temples, step pyramids, and ballcourts that will inspire you as you imagine life in Mexico centuries ago.
The Yucatán Peninsula is one of the most famous areas of Mexico due to the many important Maya archaeological sites dispersed throughout it. The Maya civilization was a pre-Columbian civilization that lived in the area from 2000 BC until the arrival of Spanish colonizers in the 16th century. It especially thrived between 250 and 900 AD, known as its Classic period, when large monuments were created and there was significant artistic and intellectual development of the culture.
The Maya civilization has fascinated people for centuries due to its high levels of advancement, which surprised European colonists who assumed that indigenous groups in the Americas lived in unsophisticated societies. The most famous development of the Maya was Maya script, the only fully-developed writing system known to exist prior to the arrival of European colonists. However, it is also known for its art, architecture, calendar, and advanced astronomical and mathematical systems.
While the civilization declined around the 8th or 9th century and further suffered with the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century, its influence can still be seen throughout the region. People of Maya descent still live throughout Mexico and speak Mayan languages. Some ancient cultural traditions and beliefs have also been preserved over the years, though many have merged with ideas introduced by cultures since the conquest of Mexico.