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Chicanná, Campeche, Mexico
Chicanna was a small Classic Maya (250-900 AD) town located in southern Campeche, Mexico that thrived despite its close proximity to larger regional powers. The site is composed of palaces, plazas and relatively small temples and contains no large...
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The Parque Museo La Venta in the busy city of Villahermosa, Tabasco provides an excellent opportunity to experience Tabasco's local archaeology and ecology. Tabasco was the ancient heartland of the mysterious Olmec culture and is a steamy, jungle...
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Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico
What combats humidity and sweltering air that feels like it's being expelled from a jet engine? Paletas! At less than a dollar and in a range of bright juicy flavors, these little Mexican popsicles offer a melty respite from the summer heat. Try...
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Carretera Merida-Campeche Km. 78, 97890 Uxmal, Yuc., Mexico
Overshadowed by its larger and more well-known cousins, Palenque and Chichén-Itzá, Uxmal ("Oosh-mahl") is the ruins of an ancient Maya city located near present-day Campeche. In its heyday, Uxmal was one of the largest cities of the Yucatan...
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Dom conocido Valle de Guadalupe, Rancho Toros Pintos, 22700 Ensenada, B.C., Mexico
Back in the 1800's Russians settled in the Valle de Guadalupe in northern Baja California. Among the many European activities they brought into the valley was viticulture. Since then, wine has been grown in valley just northeast of Ensenada and no...
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Tollan, El Salitre, 42800 Tula de Allende, Hgo., Mexico
Tula is an important archaeological site located a couple hours due north of Mexico City in the state of Hidalgo. Tula was the capital of the Toltec empire, which was characterized by long range trading and the beginning of pan-Mesoamerican...
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Calakmul, Camp., Mexico
Rising high above the vast expanse of the Peten forest in southern Campeche are the towering pyramids of Calakmul. Calakmul was perhaps the most powerful state in the Classic Maya world, dominating the likes of Tikal for centuries and creating a...
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Hochob is a small yet interesting Maya archaeological site situated about an hour's drive southwest of Campeche. The principle structure is fronted by a stylized mask, which has a doorway for the mouth, serrated teeth, swirly eyes and an array of...
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Champotón-Campeche, Mexico
The days of Black Beard and Captain Morgan terrorizing the high seas have long since past, but the Fuerte de San Miguel still watches vigilantly over the city of Campeche. The fortress is located upon a rise just south of the city and attractive...
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Av de los Héroes, Centro, 77000 Chetumal, Q.R., Mexico
The capital of Quintana Roo, Chetumal is a great place to base yourself for a couple nights in order to explore some of the surrounding attractions, including several Maya archaeological sites and the Bacalar Lagoon, before jumping across the...
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I did not see any red corn at the Maya site named Chacchoben as its translated named would imply. What I did see were many well restored temples and structures and what I did not see was another tourist. I find that smaller archaeological sites do...
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Ekbalam, Yuc., Mexico
Visitors to the Yucatán and the Riviera Maya never miss Chichen Itza, but there is another hidden and almost unknown archaeological Mayan ruin called Ek’ Balam. Set in jungle, the site is not well known because it was discovered much later than...
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The Totanac archaeological site called El Tajin in northern Veracruz, Mexico, contains many unique examples of Mesoamerican architecture, such as the Templo de los Nichos or Temple of the Niches. The Totanacs ruled coastal Veracruz in the Classic...
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Historic center of Mexico City, Centro, 06000 Mexico City, CDMX, Mexico
Its massive size, centrality to daily life in the capital, and easy accessibility (a Metro station opens up right onto the plaza) makes the Zócalo an ideal place for large-scale temporary exhibits. The government hosts occasional exhibits...
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Bonampak, Chis., Mexico
The classic Mayan site of Bonampak, located deep in the jungles of Chiapas, Mexico, holds one of the most unlikely and important discoveries in the history of Mayan archaeological investigation. The story of the wall murals is a story of an...
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71240 Cuilápam de Guerrero, Oax., Mexico
The ex monastary of Santiago Apostol in Cuilapan, Oaxaca was a large Catholic monastery built by the Spanish to subdue the large population of indigenous Zapotecs and Mixtecs living in the region. The monastery contains an unexplained block that...
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Just inland from Ensenada, Baja California exists a wonderland of fine wine, haciendas and Provencal restaurants. There is an energy here that is worth dawning the bullet proof vest and heading a couple hours south of the Mexican boarder to check...
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Palenque was a classic Maya city-state located in Chiapas, Mexico, and has gained notoriety among Maya archaeologists for its extravagant architecture and refined art and writings. The temples perched upon a hill adjacent to the main plaza of...
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Circuito Perimetral S/N, San MIguel del Milagro, 90720 Natívitas, Tlax., Mexico
Nearly 1,000 years after the once-powerful central Mexican city of Cacaxtla was abandoned, would-be looters of the hilltop palace ruins came across fantastically well-preserved and still colorful murals painted in a somewhat puzzling Mayan style....
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Xochicalco is a fascinating archaeological site located a few hours south of Mexico City in the state of Morelos. The site came to prominence after the fall of Teotihuacan and may have played a part in Teotihuacan's demise by blocking valuable...
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Tonina, Chis., Mexico
The ancient Maya city of Tonina has its ceremonial core built onto a hillside, creating the appearacnce of one massive pyramid. Tonina reached its zenith during the Classic Period (250-900 AD) and was an adversary of Palenque. The hillside temple...
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Monte Albán, Oax., Mexico
The Zapotec ruled above the Valley of Oaxaca from their hilltop capital, named Monte Alban. Any visit to Oaxaca should include a tour of these impressive ruins. The native people living in Oaxaca today can trace their heritage directly back to the...
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55800 San Juan Teotihuacán, State of Mexico, Mexico
While it's not in Mexico City proper, the sacred pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan is close enough–about 30 miles– for an easy day trip if you're interested in architecture, archaeology, and indigenous history. The site's primary...
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Edzna, Campeche, Mexico
Edzna is a large Maya ruin located about an hour away from Campeche, Mexico. The features a five story ceremonial pyramid, which was constructed in the Classic Period (650-900 AD). The site has a long history that dates back to the Preclassic...
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México 54 Km 34, 99500 Villanueva, Zac., Mexico
A northern outpost of Mesoamerican high culture lies in the Mexican state of Zacatecas. The precolombian hilltop ruins contain a pyramid, ballcourt, palace and many other structures. The site may have been a Toltec outpost that traded southern...
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Zacatecas, Mexico
The Quito Real Hotel in Zacatecas, Mexico is a luxury hotel that was converted from a bullfighting arena into an "oasis" within the city. The central area of the former arena is a beautiful courtyard and offers an amazing view of the historic...
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Zacatecas, Mexico
When in Zacatecas, take the teleferico (cable car) up to the Cerro de la Bufa for a bird's eye view of the Spanish colonial city. From the Cerro de la Bufa you really feel as though you're "on top of the world".
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Calle 28 de Septiembre 109B, Zona Centro, 36000 Guanajuato, Gto., Mexico
For less than $2, you can take a quick funicular ride to the Pipila Monument to get this top-of-the-world view of Guanajuato, Mexico. We arrived just after sunset, when lights were flickering across the colorful city. There were people around, but...
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Xochimilco, 86369 Comalcalco, Tab., Mexico
Comalcalco, the mighty Gulf Coast Maya city-state located in Tabasco, Mexico, used its proximity to the sea to become a major player in preColombian trade. The unique feature of Comalcalco's architecture is the use of crushed shell for plaster and...
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Juárez, 71980 Puerto Escondido, Oax., Mexico
Puerto Escodido, Oaxaca is primarily known for its double overhead barrels and surf scene. However there are some nice secluded coves protected from the massive surf, where one can enjoy calm, warm Pacific waters and eat fresh mariscos on the...
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Paseo de la Reforma & Calzada Gandhi S/N, Chapultepec Polanco, Miguel Hidalgo, 11560 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Housed in a 1964 structure whose modern lines and central fountain greatly complement what's on view, this anthropology museum is a repository of the most important pre-Hispanic treasures modern Mexico has discovered. The works are...
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Chiapas, Mexico
Yaxchilan is a Maya archaeological site strategically situated on a protected hill surrounded by a meander in the Usumacinta River. The site is oddly reminiscent of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy and Stairway to Heaven. The grand stairway...
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Museo de Antropología, Xalapa Enríquez, Ver., Mexico
One of the great mysteries and archaeological wonders of Ancient Mexico is the colossal stone heads carved out of volcanic stone by the Olmec, who ruled the southern Gulf region of Mexico between 1,500-400 BC. The Olmec Civilization was located...
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Campeche, Mexico
Rent a car and get out on the highways and byways of the Yucatan Peninsula to discover the Maya Kingdom that still exists beyond Cancun's resorts and Chichen Itza's overrun ruins. Maya towns with charming colonial centers and empty ruins dot the...
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Hormiguero is the name of this Classic Maya archaeological site in southern Campeche. Hormiguero is a seldom visited and relatively small ancient Maya city located south of the trans peninsular highway that cuts across the southern Yucatan through...