Which Mayan ruins?

Old Jan 29th, 2007, 08:56 PM
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Which Mayan ruins?

Which Mayan ruins do you think are the best? Someone I talked to who's been down there a dozen times (helps vaccinate animals) mentioned her favorite place but I didn't write it down. She said it was inland and small and the only place with statues. Could that have been Coba? Thanks.

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Old Jan 29th, 2007, 10:17 PM
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Are you interested specifically in Mexico or in the ruins in other countries, as well. I've visited a few in Belize plus Tikal in Guatemala and Copán in Honduras - all beautiful and all different.
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Surely Tikal is the most romantic, Copan the easiest to explore. Copan has a good museum. One temple is recreated in the original colors. The purpose is obvious: to terrorise. June 18 on www.simongandolfi.blogspot.com
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It would help to know which country. Coba is in Mexico, and yes it is in the jungle, but I don't recall any statues.
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Coba has some steele structures...I wonder if that's what she meant by statues. But Coba is not small...in fact the best way to get around is to rent a bike.
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Stellae

Another unique feature involving Coba is the unusually high number of stellae memorializing women. Evidence of this includes portraits with symbols of authority and prisoners placed at the feet of these individuals. Thus, it can be concluded that royal women played important roles in this society from time to time.
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Old Jan 30th, 2007, 01:23 PM
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Sorry--yes, I meant Coba on the Yucatan peninsula.

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I personally found Chichen Itza to be much more impressive than Coba.

Coba is largely unrestored and many of the ruins are covered with jungle. Chichen Itza is mostly restored and you can see what they originally looked like. However, Coba is much less visited and Chichen Itza is not enjoyable to tour when the tour bus crowds arrive.
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