30 Impressive archaeological sites in Mexico – Part 2
A Photographic Tour
The cultural richness of Mexico
Mexico is a country rich in culture and to show a bit of it, we have prepared this list of 30 impressive archaeological sites, join us in this second part of the tour:
16. The ruins of Comalcalco constitute a necropolis of the Classic Mayan Period, built with bricks and stucco scallop shell. This site is considered the westernmost of the Mayan culture, located in the state of Tabasco.
17. Currently Uxmal is one of the most important archaeological sites of the Mayan culture, along with Chichen Itza and Tikal. Located in Yucatan, its majestic buildings stand out for their size and decoration.
18. Just 20 km away from Uxmal, Kabah is one of the cities of the pre-Hispanic period, located in Yucatan over the Puuc region.
19. In Zacatecas, Altavista was a ceremonial and astronomical center of the Chalchihuites-Chichimecas cultures.
20. The importance of the archaeological zone of La Venta, in Tabasco, lies in its great age (1200-400 BC), its monumental earthen architecture, its planned architectural design, its large and impressive stone sculptural heritage and its considerable jade offerings.
21. Becan, in the state of Campeche, is characterized by the existence of a moat that surrounds the city, unique in the Mayan area.
22. Mitla or Place of the Dead in Nahuatl was a Mexica town in Oaxaca. The main feature of this area is that the facades of the halls and interior walls are richly decorated with limestone mosaics forming meanders.
23. Tenam Puente, in Chiapas, rose on large platforms with monumental and spectacular retaining walls in the year 300 AD.
24. Labna, in Yucatan, has been subject of attention for its world famous arch, remarkable perfection and fine ornamentation.
25. Kohunlich, in the state of Quintana Roo, has monumental reliefs of stucco that still have the red paint that covered the temple.
26. The walled city of Mayapan in Yucatan is considered the last great capital of culture in the Post Classic Time. Its population reached 12 000 inhabitants and on its main temple you can see the descent of the god Kukulkan during the autumn solstice, the same phenomenon as in Chichen Itza.
27. Ek’Balam or Star Jaguar, is a Mayan city in the Yucatan state that reached its peak during the Late Classic and possibly hosted the realm of “Tlaloc”.
28. Malinalco is known in the State of Mexico as the Hill of the Idols, literally means “place where you worship Malinalxochitl” responsible Aztec goddess of witchcraft and other dark arts, who was also the sister of Huitzilopochtli.
29. Evidence suggests that the first settlement in Teopanzolco, in the state of Morelos, was destroyed and his remains were buried under the floor of the plaza, new buildings were built in the Postclassic.
30. El Templo Mayor was the center of political and religious life of the Mexican society, here are the remains of what was the main building of the ancient city of Tenochtitlan. The exhibition, located in what is now Mexico City, housed a double temple dedicated to Tlaloc and Huitzilopochtli.
It is amazing to think that all these 30 sites are in Mexico, and represent only 15% of all the sites that are open to the public! Can you imagine being able to visit them all? Tell us which have you visited?