If you are fortunate enough to be planning a trip from Mexico through to Peru a wealth of archaeological sites await you. The ancient civilizations that lived in these areas, left behind many relics of their cultures which once seen bring your imagination alive with what once might have been. When you are ready leave your comfortable hotel for a mind blowing trek to explore some unusual and incredible places.
Uxmal, in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico built in 500 AD is one of the more beautiful cities in Mexico. The temples are in fantastic condition and well worth a visit many photographs.
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Tulum in the Quintana Roo province of Mexico is a Mayan ruin in an exceptionally beautiful location. Tulum towers over the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico. For the nature lover, there is an abundance of iguanas sunning themselves lazily in Tulum’s ancient ruins.
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Chichen Itza in the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico is one of the largest ruins of an ancient Mayan city. It is certainly one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico. If you visit Chichen Itza on the Spring or Autumn equinoxes, in the late afternoon you may be lucky enough to see a series of shadows on the northwest corner of the pyramid that looks like serpent descending the staircase which may represent the serpent god Kukulcan.
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Copán in Honduras is a small Mayan archaeological site. During Copan’s history it was ruled by 16 kings. While visiting the ruins also see the Macaw Mountain Bird Park and Nature Reserve and enjoy the many varied types of parrots.
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Tikal is one of the largest Mayan archaeological sites. It is located in northern Guatemala. Situated in the Tikal National Park. It is recommended to spend at least a couple of days exploring Tikal. There are hotels and a a campground in the park along with restaurants.
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Yaxhá, an ancient Mayan city of many temples in Guatemala, is situated on the Yaxhá lagoon, home of Morelett crocodiles. You will truly feel like you are in the jungle, with spider monkeys and howler monkeys swinging from the trees. After visiting the ruins you can cool off in Lake Yaxha.
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Aguateca, another Mayan city in Guatemala sits on top of a 90 meter tall limestone bluff. The ruins have to be accessed by boat which makes the trip even more adventurous.
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San Agustin in Colombia, South America is 10 hours south of Bogota. This archaeological site is well worth visiting in the tropical North Andes. There is a wealth of megalithic statuary at the site which is well worth making the visit.
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Sacsayhuaman is a walled complex on the northern outskirts of the city of Cusco, Peru, the former capital of the Inca Empire. Cusco in itself is well worth visiting, especially the colorful markets displaying a large array of handmade items made by the local people. Sacsayhuaman is an amazing fortress left by the Inca civilization. The stonework is so intricately laid that a piece of paper can hardly slide between the joints of the stones in the walls.
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Machu Picchu, also known as the lost city of the Incas, is located in the Cusco Region of Peru, South America. It is situated on a mountain ridge above the Urubamba Valley in Peru. Visitors can take a train ride along the Urubamba River up to the Machu Picchu ruins. The views of the sharp, tall mountains are breath-taking. The ruins of Machu Picchu, were never discovered by the Spanish are relatively intact and more than well worth seeing.
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For the intrepid tourist, a tour of the sites of the lost civilizations of Mexico, Central and South America can be a trip of a lifetime. There will certainly be beautiful scenery, unusual wildlife and ruins and temples to explore.
Cross posted from Hostel Bookers.
Sorry, but a really repetitive list of sites that is missing so many other equally important, if not more important, here are a mere three:
Ciudad Perdida, Colombia
El Mirador, Guatemala
Chavin de Huantar, Peru
Time to head out and explore new places beyond the majestic Ms. Picchu.