Balamkú, located just a few miles from Calakmul in the state of Campeche, has the largest surviving stucco frieze found at any of the excavated Mayan settlements.
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Maya Ruins and Archaeological Sites
Follow the footsteps of Maya priests, brave Spanish conquistadors, and 19th century adventurers who climbed the very same steps. Deep in the Yucatan jungle lie the remains of ancient Maya cities that many call the “Egypt of the Americas.” The Maya ruins of the Yucatan are awe-inspiring and provide a deeper understanding of Mexican history. The allure of Ancient Times Mexico’s rich and mysterious past is still visible in the amazing ancient ruins scattered throughout the country. Visit impressive towering pyramids in the Yucatan Peninsula to elaborate ancient cities found in Coba, that the Mayan heritage continues to draw millions of tourists from across the globe.
To help you extend your travels beyond the Yucatan and Riviera Maya, we have shared our experience in the remote Maya ruin sites in southern and western locations. When traveling to the Riviera Maya, you will have a wealth of INAH ruins to visit, ranging from the Tulum ruins overlooking the Caribbean Sea to Chichen Itza, the 8th wonder of the world!
Palenque is as important as Chichen Itza, Uxmal and Tikal in architectural magnificence and historical significance.
The name Becán means “ravine formed by water, a contemporary name that Ruppert and Denison selected for the site.
The Playacar Ruins were one of three launching points for Maya women to honor the Goddess Ixchel on Cozumel.
The preserved murals in Bonampak, date back to 790 A.D. Archaeologists believe that Bonampak has the finest classic Mayan frescoes.
San Miguelito Ruins is on the property of the Cancun Mayan Museum, a great combination that deepens an understanding of the Maya.
A remote and beautiful UNESCO site, Calakmul Ruins deserves an award for its cultural and environmental importance.
Few visit these small sites as Uxmal towers over the area. Don’t miss these three archaeological gems that enhance knowledge of the Maya.
Chacchoben is mystical with towering mahogany trees, enormous cohune palms, strangler figs & banyan trees.
Xel-Ha Ruins seems to be overshadowed by Tulum Ruins and Xel-Ha Eco-park. This site has some great murals not found in Tulum or Muyil Ruin sites.