Magical ruins in Mexico

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From the stepped ziggurats at Chichén Itzá to the Mayan architecture of Palenque, the country has some stunning local landmarks.

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From the Aztecs to the Mayans, Mexico was once home to a number of ancient cultures, all of which left behind some truly incredible architectural ruins. From the stepped ziggurats at Chichén Itzá to the Mayan architecture of Palenque, the country has some stunning local landmarks.

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Teotihuacán © Anna Omelchenko, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com

Teotihuacán

Once a thriving capital city at the centre of the Mesoamerican empires (with settlements stretching back to 200 BCE), Teotihuacán now lies in ruins.

From the Pyramid of the Sun to the Cuidadel and Avenue of the Dead, the ancient city offers an enthralling glimpse into lost societies.

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Palenque. © Vadim Petrakov, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com

Palenque

Located in Mexico’s Chiapas region, the ancient site of Palenque, which dates to 500 CE, is an incredible Mayan site.

The four-storey tower, detailed carvings, and surrounding structures are still remarkably intact.

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Chichén Itzá. © Christian Delbert, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com

Chichén Itzá

This Yucatan Peninsula-based landmark is one of the Seven Wonders of the World.

It’s easy to see why: the incredible ziggurat is 78 feet tall. Sacrificial sculptures of Chak Mul, old ball courts, and temples can also be seen.

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Becan © 3 song photography, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com

Becan

In Campeche, the Becan Mayan settlement dates to 600 BC. Today, the well-kept site features the ruins of a moat-surrounded city, with steep temples and a carved monster-guarded palace.

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Cobá © CDuschinger, 2013. Used under licence from Shutterstock.com

Cobá

Those after a Raiders of the Lost Ark-like adventure should head to the jungle-surrounded Cobá ruins, many of which have yet to be fully excavated.

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Magical ruins in Mexico was last modified: July 17th, 2015 by Claire Bullen
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