The 9 Stunning Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan Peninsula

They built elaborate cities, temples and roads. Invented a calendar. Studied the stars And sacrificed humans to the gods. We’re talking about the ancient Mayans.

Most of the Mayan cities were abandoned by 900 A.D. (and we don’t really know the full story why their civilization collapsed).

What we do know is that the Maya people left behind grandiose monuments, mysterious inscriptions, beautiful art and symbolic artifacts like pottery, sports structures and jewelry.

Chichen Itza ruins

Sprawling over an area of more than four square miles, Chichen Itza was one of the largest Mayan cities and home to hundreds of buildings.

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Tulum ruins

You enter Tulum through a high limestone wall that protected the city. The most iconic structure is its cliff-top castle. Carved with plumed serpents, it overlooks the turquoise Caribbean sea.

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Coba ruins

The ruins of Coba are also home to one of the tallest Mayan pyramids on the Yucatan Peninsula – the 138-foot-high Ixmoja temple.

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Xcaret ruins

Xcaret is a huge archaeological theme park, 45 miles south of Cancun. It encompasses the Mayan ruins of Pole, believed to date back to the 15th century AD.

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Uxmal Mayan ruins

Located about 40 miles south of Merida, on the Ruta Puuc, Uxmal was one of the largest cities in the Yucatan. At its height, some 25,000 Mayan people lived in the city.

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