July 23, 2022

When visiting Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum, you are visiting a good part of the Yucatan Peninsula. However, the Yucatan Peninsula is a very big place and we'd like to introduce you to a few other sites as well!

In this region, the Mayan culture is prevalent, has been one of the most studied civilizations in Mesoamerica and was one of the most dominant Indigenous societies. The Maya rose to prominence around A.D 250 in what we know today as southern Mexico, Guatemala, northern Belize, and western Honduras.

The Classic Maya built many of their temples and palaces in a stepped pyramid shape. These structures have earned the Maya their reputation as the great artists of Mesoamerica. The Maya also made significant advances in mathematics and astronomy, including the use of the zero and the development of complex calendar systems like the Calendar Round, based on 365 days, and later, the Long Count Calendar, designed to last over 5,000 years.

In the late 8th or 9th Century it was clear that something had changed and many of the lowlands areas were abandoned. It is still not clear as to why this occurred but there are a number of thoughts on this starting with the possible overpopulation of the area to the idea that there was perhaps a catastrophic environmental change such as a very long drought.

While visiting the Yucatan Peninsula we highly recommend you visit some of these ancient structures for yourself.

1. Chichen Itza is an incredible complex of Mayan ruins that include El Castillo or also known as Temple of Kukulcan. The ancient city thrived from 600 A.D. to somewhere in the 1200s. There are many incredible stone carvings that still exist to this day. Make sure you walk by the Temple of the Warriors and the Wall of Skulls. There is a reason why Chichen Itza is considered one of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

2. Coba is a different experience in the Mayan world. Discovered in the mid-1800 it is believed that Coba was a thriving city as far back as 400 AD. You will walk the paths of the jungle to arrive at the Nohoch Mul pyramid where 120 steps lead you up to the top of this amazing pyramid. Nohoch Mul is considered the tallest temple in the peninsula and is definitely worth the visit!

3. A visit to the ruins of Tulum is a must when visiting the area. Tulum has the best of both worlds with incredible turquoise blue waters that are the perfect backdrop to the ancient temples in front of them, offering one of the most majestic sights to be seen. It’s a day you’ll never forget!

When traveling to these magnificent sites we always recommend you wear sneakers or a very solid walking shoe. The sun can be very strong so a hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Of course, bottled water is a must in order to stay hydrated during your visit. Last but not least, make sure you bring your camera! You won't want to miss a single shot!