Yucatán and Campeche States

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  • 1. Chichén Itzá

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    One of the most dramatically beautiful ancient Mayan cities, Chichén Itzá (chee- chen eet- zah ) draws over one million visitors annually....Read More

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  • 2. Edzná

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A major metropolis in its day, Edzná was situated at a crossroads between cities in modern-day Guatemala and the states of Chiapas and Yucatán...Read More

  • 3. Uxmal

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Although much of Uxmal has yet to be excavated and restored, the following buildings in particular merit attention: At 125 feet high, the ...Read More

  • 4. Aké

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This compact archaeological site east of Mérida offers the unique opportunity to view architecture spanning two millennia in one sweeping vista...Read More

  • 5. Becán

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    An interesting feature here is the defensive moat—unusual among ancient Mayan cities—though barely evident today. Seven ruined gateways, once...Read More

  • 6. Chicanná

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Of the four buildings surrounding the main plaza, Estructura II, on the east side, is the most impressive. On its intricate facade are well...Read More

  • 7. Dzibilchaltún

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Meaning "the place with writing on flat stones," Dzibilchaltún (dzi-bil-chal- toon ) isn't a place you'd travel miles out of your way to see...Read More

  • 8. Ek Balam

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The ruins at Ek Balam are best known for the amazingly well-preserved stucco panels on the Templo de los Frisos. A giant mask crowns its summit...Read More

  • 9. Hochob

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This small Mayan site is an excellent example of the Chenes architectural style, which flowered from about AD 100 to 1000. Most ruins in this...Read More

  • 10. Hormiguero

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The buildings here were constructed roughly between 400 BC and AD 1100 in the Río Bec style, with rounded lateral towers and ornamental stairways...Read More

  • 11. Kabah

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The most important buildings at Kabah (meaning "lord of the powerful hand" in Mayan) were built between AD 600 and 900, during the later part...Read More

  • 12. Kinich Kakmó

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The Kinich Kakmó pyramid is the largest pre-Hispanic building in the Yucatán, and it's all that remains of the royal Mayan city that flourished...Read More

  • 13. Labná

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The striking monumental structure at Labná (which means "old house" or "abandoned house") is a fanciful corbelled arch with elaborate latticework...Read More

  • 14. Mayapán

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Those who are enamored with Mayan ruins may want to make a 42-km (26-mile) detour north from Ticul —or a 43-km (27-mile) one south from Mérida...Read More

  • 15. Oxkintoc

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The archaeological site of Oxkintoc (osh-kin- tok )—located 5 km (3 miles) east of Maxcanú, off Carretera 180—contains the ruins of an important...Read More

  • 16. Santa Rosa Xtampak

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    A fabulous example of the zoomorphic architectural element of Chenes architecture, Xtampak's Casa de la Boca del Serpiente (House of the Serpent...Read More

  • 17. Sayil

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Experts believe that Sayil, or "place of the red ants," flourished between AD 800 and 1000. It's renowned primarily for its majestic Gran Palacio...Read More

  • 18. Xcambo

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Surrounded by a plantation where disease-resistant coconut trees are being developed, the Xcambo ( ish -cam-bo) site is a couple of miles inland...Read More

  • 19. Xpujil

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Xpujil (meaning "cat's tail," and pronounced ish-poo- hil) takes its name from the reedy plant that grows in the area. Elaborately carved facades...Read More

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