In mexico there are over 200 mayan ruins that have been discovered, and countless more to be discovered.
The history of one of the greatest civilization of not only our country, but this world is a never ending fountain of knowledge.
We will focus on the ruins in the Rivera Maya:
First starting with the Coba ruins. These ruins are the nexus of the largest network of stone causeways of the ancient Mayan world, containing many important carvings that depict ancient mayan life, invaluable to archeologist and tourist alike.
Many of the tourist sites include:
Nohoch Mul Pyramid - A 137 feet tall pyramid that boasts a remarkable view of the Yucatán and non-public areas of Coba.
The Conjunto de Pinturas -The area of the Pyramid that is Painted Lintel where visitors can see from afar actual paintings on the top temple.
The Coba Stelae or carvings - These monuments give insight into various aspects of the formal life of Cobá,including dress, ritual processes, and the roles and power of both men and women in the city’s ceremonial and political activities.
Women are the figures of authority in many of the scenes depicted on the stelae.
The hieroglyphic inscriptions contain additional information about the city’s sociopolitical organization as well as dates and accounts of major historical events, with the city of Tulum.
Tulum was one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya; it was at its height between the 13th and 15th centuries and managed to survive about 70 years after the Spanish began occupying Mexico.
Standing on nearly 40 Ft cliffs, these ruins are truly a sight to behold.
There are three major structures of interest at the Tulum site: El Castillo,
The Temple of the Frescoes, and the Temple of the Descending God are the three most famous buildings.
Among the more spectacular buildings here is the Temple of the Frescoes that included a lower gallery and a smaller second story gallery.
The Temple of the Frescoes was used as an observatory for tracking the movements of the sun. Niched figurines of the Maya “diving god” or Venus deity decorate the facade of the temple. This “diving god” is also depicted in the Temple of the Diving God in the central precinct of the site.
Above the entrance in the western wall a stucco figure of the “diving god” is still preserved, giving the temple its name. A mural can still be seen on the eastern wall that resembles that of a style that originated in highland Mexico, called the Mixteca-Puebla style, though visitors are no longer permitted to enter.
Tulum aren’t the only ruins in The Rivera, Xaman-ha also tends to be a focal point in any tourists trip to the Rivera. While certainly not as big as most of the pyramids, you’ll find that the beautiful fauna and breath-taking ruins make for a enchanting photo shoot location, a place truly for memories to keep for years to come.
Rivera Isn’t all ruins. The natural park of Xcaret has more than 40 attractions, making it an excellent main attraction for anyone’s vacation. WIth underground rivers, literal islands of animals like “La isla de Jaguares”(The island of jaguars), beautiful trails through the jungle, and plenty or archaeological dig sites that are truly a sight to behold. Finally we have the glorious ruins of Ek’Balam. Ek’ Balam roughly translates to “black jaguar” in Mayan.
it’s only 106 steps. The stones are old, worn, and uneven. It’s steep–surprisingly so–and there are no railings running along the side of the wide steps and nothing else at hand to hang on to. It might not be for the vertigo-challenged, but getting to the top of the Acropolis at Ek Balam is well worth the effort. It is, quite literally, a view fit for a king. WIth its staggering size of over 100 feet and measuring about 540 by 210 feet at its base. Ek’Balam has an incredible view of the acropolis, or ancient city that the mayans built long ago.