Best monuments to visit in Mexico
Mexico is a place that is popular not only for spring breakers wanting to head to Cancun, but for those interested in exploring historical monuments as well. Like any popular tourist hot spot, these monuments will be most busy during the weekends and during the peak season. It is recommended to try visiting during the off-peak season allowing you a more peaceful and enjoyable experience to soak in some stunning monuments.
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Palenque is an archaeological site located on the western edge of Chiapas. It contains detailed architecture, sculptures and the Temple of Inscriptions created by the Mayans sometime between 600AD and 800AD. When visiting, make sure to give yourself a full day so you can take a proper tour and receive a history lesson to enhance the scenery. It is located in the middle of the forest and has a museum is well worth a visit.
Chichen Itza is the largest Mayan city in the Yucatan Peninsula and is one of the most popular tourist sights in Mexico. The Temple pyramid of El Castillo consists of 91 steps on each face of the pyramid which equal 365 when including the top step. Make sure to visit the Great Ballcourt and El Caracol as well. There are many 12 hour tours that are on offer and make for a great day of learning. Unfortunately there are an annoying amount of vendors here almost all of the time so you will need to be on the top of your game to give them the slip.
Another beautiful monument is Teotihuacan Pyramids in the Valley of Mexico, located 31 miles from Mexico City. The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon were built around 100 AD and this UNESCO Heritage Site is one that could be visited over and over again. Ideally, you need to try and get here early in the morning before the crowds get a chance to gather. Make sure to wear good walking shoes too if you are hoping to climb to the top of pyramids as otherwise you will be in trouble.
Uxmal meaning “thrice built” in Mayan language is another UNESCO World Heritage Site that consists of ruins that cover an expansive 150 acres. Here you can get a very real glimpse into what the ceremonial center would have looked like in ancient times. Some of the well preserved 500AD ruins include the Governor’s Palace, the Nunnery Quadrangle, the Adivino, the Magician’s Pyramid (aka Pyramid of the Dwarf) and many other jaw-dropping monuments.